Regrowing bone, cartilage and nerve tissue
Scaffolds have been used for centuries by workers restoring damaged buildings. That’s what gave biomedical engineer Treena Livingston Arinzeh a brilliant idea.
Why not create scaffolds on a microscopic scale — and use them to support and stimulate the growth of stems cells to rebuild damaged bone, cartilage, and even nerve tissues.
This breakthrough work put Dr. Arinzeh’s research on the map and earned her recognition as one of the leading young regenerative medicine researchers in the nation. Her research has also evolved into a highly collaborative process involving bio, electrical and mechanical engineers as well as surgeons and clinicians.
Today, Dr. Arinzeh and her research collaborators have licensed the therapeutic technology as it relates to regrowing bone tissue for evaluation in a clinical setting. She is also using the same “scaffolds” technologies to explore regrowing neurological tissues. If successful, Dr. Arinzeh’s technologies could someday rebuild damaged nerves and help paralyzed patients to walk again.