University of Toronto’s Cameron Clokie: Navigating the World of Regenerative Medicine

Cameron Clokie has studied stem cells for decades now, has replicated stem cells actually- and has singlehandedly created a revolutionary stem cell procedure, involving the jawbone. Read more: Cameron Clokie Speaks to Regenerative Medicine

Cameron Clokie, a decorated oral and maxillofacial surgeon, actually repaired the world’s first jawbone in a ground-breaking procedure with a specific protein in 1999. This protein is not just an average simple protein- it is known as Bone Morphogenetic Protein, BMP, which stimulates regrowth of cells.

The combination of BMP and Dr. Clokie has resulted in a stunning discovery and invention of an extremely sensitive procedure that has enabled the protein to morph into actual living adult bone tissue. Initially compared to the regrowth capability of a Green Anole lizard’s tail after it breaks free, the actual regeneration is similar to the process of pure embryonic type growth- like that of a fetus embarking on life.

Regenerative medicine may be a sector that sounds vague to patients. This type of medicine is defined as a combination of tissue engineering and molecular biology. As clarified by Wikipedia, it generally entails the process of replacing and regenerating cells with the goal of restoration or creation of processes similar to natural function. Learn more about Cameron Clokie:

Dr. Clokie is a prevalent force in the regenerative medicine industry, recently presenting at a conference on location at the University of Toronto, Clokie’s Alma Mater. One of Dr. Clokies interests is where the future of regenerative medicine is headed and frequently widens communication avenues with patients to discuss such.

Currently the head of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at U of T, Dr. Clokie plans to investigate, create, and implement methods to harvest BMP. The process of creating additional amounts of BMP involves attempting to coax an implanted gene, which produces BMP, to create on demand. Goat embryos are the current subject of focus in BMP replication and insertion procedures.

The theory of researchers is that eventually BMP could be secreted in the goat’s milk after receiving implants of the gene associated with natural BMP production, and the genes effectively produce viable forms of BMP.