Currently physicians and scientists from St. Catherine’s Hospital, Croatia, are continuing with several studies to investigate the potentials of adipose tissue-derived stromal vascular fraction in regenerative and reconstructive medicine.

The importance of the results collected by the Croatian scientists is best demonstrated by the fact that osteoarthritis is one of the most common health problems in the world, from which more than 400 million people suffer. And, it is predicted that by 2030, more than 700 million people will suffer from this disease.

Even where this research is occurring, about 25% to 30% of the population in Croatia suffers from OA, while the number of OA patients in the United States is over 50 million.

St. Catherines Hospital has brought together eminent experts who are constantly and systematically involved in continuing medical education as a guarantee of providing superior healthcare service to our patients. Furthermore, the physicians of the St. Catherine Hospital are affiliated with all four medical schools in Croatia while the hospital itself is a teaching hospital of major universities and medical schools, and it is licensed to carry out research in bio-medicine. St. Catherine is as well a part of Consortium that includes the top healthcare and scientific institutions in the country. European Commission did the same and several years ago awarded the hospital, along with other consortium members from Europe, USA, and Australia with the “Pain Omics” project, totalling of 5.9Million Euros.

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