Prof. Thanh Nguyen garners the NIH R21 Trailblazer Award for his work on “Bionic Self-stimulated Cartilage.”

Dr. Nguyen received a NIH R21 trailblazer young investigator award for a project entitled “bionic self-stimulated cartilage”, in collaboration with Dr. Cato Laurencin at UConn Health, school of medicine. This highly-interdisciplinary project aims to integrate a new biopolymer, developed in Nguyen Lab, with a chondrocyte tissue graft to create an exciting hybrid artificial cartilage. The PIs hope this bionic cartilage in implantation will be able to adapt to mechanical joint-force for obtaining an optimal cartilage growth and regeneration. Results from this research will have a great impact for an effective treatment of cartilage diseases such as osteoarthritis. The research is a collaborative work between Nguyen lab (UConn Storrs) in materials processing, device fabrication, tissue integration, and in vitro study, and Laurencin Lab (UConn Health) in animal study and in vivo assessment.


Published: June 27, 2017

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