Bioengineering Distinguished Lecturer Series: Christine SchmidtJoin Bioengineering on January 19th, 2017 for a lecture by distinguished speaker, Christine Schmidt. Her talk will be from 12:30 – 1:30 in Foege S060.
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Engineering Materials for Functional Nerve Regeneration
Abstract: Damage to spinal cord and peripheral nerve tissue can have a devastating impact on the quality of life for individuals suffering from nerve injuries. Our research is focused on analyzing and designing biomaterials that can interface with neurons and specifically stimulate and guide nerves to regenerate. These biomaterials might be required for facial and hand reconstruction or in trauma cases, and potentially could be used to aid the regeneration of damaged spinal cord. New technologies to aid nerve regeneration will ultimately require that biomaterials be designed both to physically support tissue growth as well as to elicit desired receptor-specific responses from particular cell types. One way of achieving such interactive biomaterials is with the use of naturalbased biomaterials that interact favorable with the body. In particular, our research has focused on developing advanced hyaluronan-based scaffolds that can be used for peripheral and spinal nerve regeneration applications.