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 Thursday, October 19 2017 19:15
Alina Hovhannisyan

Armenian doctors soon to have an alternative for skin transplantation

Armenian doctors soon to have an alternative for skin transplantation

ArmInfo. The grant funds provided by the "Stepan Gishyan" Charitable Foundation are the Laboratory of Immunology and Tissue Engineering of the Institute of Physiology L. A. Orbeli.

NAS acquired a modern, closest to the conditions of the body of the incubator, in which by means of stem cells used in surgery, it is possible to grow human skin. This is stated in the official message of the Bank ACBA- Credit Agricole.

According to the head of the laboratory Zaruhi Karabekyan, the previously existing incubator did not provide the proper conditions for the viability of the cells. "Very often, because of technical problems, our experiments broke down. Now we have a self-regulating incubator," she explained, adding that a cell store will be created in the laboratory by separating stem cells from adipose tissue, which will be used to build up the skin that corresponds to the gene pool. "We can get different tissues, for example, the liver, blood vessels and other organs," Karabekyan noted.

Director of the Stepan Gishyan Charitable Foundation, Anna Gishyan, stressed that laboratory work will continue to be carried out efficiently, and students will have the opportunity to use modern equipment for conducting experiments. "Today, for the extension of the skin, our doctors use fabrics imported from other countries. We hope that soon, thanks to the Fund's investments and the work of our scientists, Armenian doctors will have an alternative for carrying out skin transplant operations," she noted.

"Stepan Gishyan" Charitable Foundation was established two years ago with the assistance of ACBA- Credit Agricole, the French credit group Credit Agricole, the National Federation of Credit Agricole and the Gishyan family. This year, 128 applications were submitted to the Fund for participation in grant programs. The laboratory program is the winner among the 4 presented.

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