The Center for Immune and Regenerative Medicine at Colorado State University promotes research in stem cell therapy and immune-based therapies for the treatment of diseases in companion animals, horses, and humans. The CIRM program represents a University-wide effort to develop a new understanding of stem-cell based and immune-based therapies. A major goal for the program is increased collaboration among investigators involved in stem cell therapy and immune therapy at CSU, neighboring universities, and in industry nationally. Another primary mission of CIRM is to enhance graduate and post-graduate educational opportunities in stem cell and immune-based therapy and the clinical applications of these technologies. In addition, CIRM seeks to expand the resources necessary to support research in stem cells and immunotherapy at the University. These resources could include additional funding support for infrastructure, equipment, pilot projects, and graduate and post-DVM graduate training in stem cell and immune biology.
Program Structure and Support
CIRM consists of faculty members in several different departments in the College of Veterinary Medicine, including the Department of Clinical Sciences, the Department of Biomedical Sciences, and the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology. Currently, CIRM is housed within the laboratories of existing faculty members and does not occupy a separate facility. CIRM research programs are currently supported primarily by extramural grant support, as well as by contracts from industry. Indirect infrastructure support for the CIRM program also is provided through the Flint Animal Cancer Center and the Equine Orthopaedic Research Center. CIRM also is seeking private and corporate support for its programs. For example, private donations have been critical to the feline stem cell program for chronic kidney disease in CIRM.