CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Could the next big medical breakthrough or cure come from Cleveland?
Scientists might be testing it right now.
For 30 years, researchers in Northeast Ohio have been studying adult stem cells with success.
In 2003 the Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, The Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and Athersys Inc. joined forces.
Now, medical breakthroughs and advancements are happening rapidly in 40 separate facilities, and the National Center for Regenerative Medicine is ranked as one of the top five stem cell related organizations in the country.
Clinical trials and treatments for everything from diabetes to arthritis and cancer are currently underway. Doctors say the research being conducted could forever change the way people age and heal.
Click on the video player above to hear more from Fox 8's Suzanne Stratford.
Click here for more on the National Center for Regenerative Medicine.
For Suzanne's story on WZAK 93.1's Kym Sellers undergoing an experimental new stem cell procedure, click here.