X-Message-Number: 27351
Date: Sat, 12 Nov 2005 03:19:07 -0500
From: Jonathan Despres <>
Subject: Nerve guidance channel research will aid nerve repair damage

Nerve guidance channel research will aid nerve repair damage

Two innovative new studies in nerve guidance channels have significant
implications for peripheral nerve repair and spinal cord injury repair

In a paper to be published in the January issue of Biomaterials and
now available online, researchers describe the development of a new
nerve guidance channel design that has shown equivalence to the "gold"
standard for peripheral nerve repair. A second paper in the same
journal describes how material and growth factor combinations within a
nerve guidance channel influence the type of regeneration achieved,
which has potential for spinal cord injury repair strategies.

The first study shows that "the innovation is in the design of the
nerve guidance channel," says Professor Molly S. Shoichet of the
Departments of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry,
the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, and the
Canada Research Chair in Tissue Engineering.


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