Dr. Scott Fish, senior scientist of the army, announced earlier this year that one of the top three priorities for the army, along with armor and power systems, is the advancement of regenerative medicine. Leading that charge is AFIRM—the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine. Formed in 2008, AFIRM strives to not just heal injured body parts, but to completely restore them to their original state.
“We started out with the notion that we could potentially have these guys with things blown up or missing and we would be able to promote the body to completely recreate these parts,” explains Colonel Stephen Wolf, Chief of Clinical Research for the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research. “Early on we discovered that some missing and damaged muscles grew back, so we researched how it happened and how we could augment it to happen faster.”
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