Navigation Links
Award for pioneering stem cell research to mend broken bones
Date:5/24/2009

Funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) could lead to the development of new and better treatments for broken bones and other orthopaedic problems associated with ageing.

Nearly 4M has been awarded to scientists from the universities of Keele, Imperial College London, Nottingham and Southampton and who will work together combining stem cell science and tissue engineering to look at the development and repair of human skeletal tissue.

Fractures, bone loss due to trauma or disease and other orthopaedic conditions pose a significant clinical and socioeconomic problem, especially with an aging population, but as yet there is no large scale effective treatment for replacing or repairing damaged bones.

Professor Richard Oreffo, from the University of Southampton who is leading the study, said: "Despite intense research, significant challenges for the reconstruction of tissues such as bone remain. Bone and cartilage tissue repair is a highly complex development process. A key requirement for these regeneration strategies to succeed remains our ability to understand skeletal cell activity, develop appropriate scaffolds and to understand how the environment the cells find themselves in affects their ability to interact with other cells to form new bone or cartilage."

Over the next five years, the scientists will combine their expertise in skeletal stem cells, scaffolds and materials chemistry to identify the key growth factors, matrix proteins and physical conditions that will enhance tissue regeneration and ultimately lead to more effective skeletal repair strategies.

"We believe a paradigm shift in approach is required if we are to lead internationally in regenerative medicine. Our findings of how stem cells, scaffolds and the physical environment can be combined to induce new bone and cartilage will be used to augment and accelerate bone repair. This will allow us to develop new regimes for cartilage and bone regeneration ultimately leading to more effective treatments" explained Professor Oreffo.

The research consortium comprises Professor Alicia El Haj, Keele University, Professor Molly Stevens, Imperial College London, Professor Kevin Shakesheff, University of Nottingham and Professor Richard Oreffo, University of Southampton.

Commenting on the award, Professor Douglas Kell, BBSRC Chief Executive said: "Fractures, particularly among older people, are a major cause of morbidly and mortality, and costs the NHS billions of pounds each year. This truly multidisciplinary approach to the basic research necessary to improve our scientific understanding opens up exciting possibilities in the area of skeletal development and repair, an area where advancement is becoming increasingly urgent on both a quality of life and an economic level as our population gets older."


'/>"/>

Contact: Tracey Jewitt
press.office@bbsrc.ac.uk
44-179-341-4694
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Ernst-Ludwig Winnacker awarded the Order of the Rising Sun
2. Society of Interventional Radiology Foundation awards $191,000 in grants
3. Supply-Chain Council Announces Winners of 2009 Supply Chain Excellence Awards
4. Civil engineers name NJITs John Schuring Educator of Year Award
5. University of Liverpool awarded $3.3 million for genomics hub
6. UCI awarded $45 million for infectious disease research
7. NOAA awards $22.5 million to Harbor Branch/FAU and UNCW for new cooperative institute
8. University awarded £1.7M to develop nanotechnology for use in health care
9. NIH grants $122 million in Institutional Development Awards
10. Georgetown Universitys Howard J. Federoff, M.D., Ph.D. receives Bernard Sanberg Memorial Award
11. March of Dimes awards $250,000 prize to scientists unraveling the causes of muscular dystrophy
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/5/2017)... April 4, 2017 KEY FINDINGS ... expand at a CAGR of 25.76% during the forecast ... the primary factor for the growth of the stem ... https://www.reportbuyer.com/product/4807905/ MARKET INSIGHTS The global stem cell ... application, and geography. The stem cell market of the ...
(Date:4/3/2017)... April 3, 2017  Data captured by ... platform, detected a statistically significant association between ... to treatment and objective response of cancer ... to predict whether cancer patients will respond ... as well as to improve both pre-infusion potency ...
(Date:3/30/2017)... The research team of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) ... ground breaking 3D fingerprint minutiae recovery and matching technology, pushing contactless ... use in identification, crime investigation, immigration control, security of access and ... ... A research team led by Dr Ajay Kumar ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:4/21/2017)... ... April 21, 2017 , ... The 2017 ... categories with over 30 nominees and well as the first-year award for 2017 ... and the event was hosted by CompanyWeek and Manufacturers Edge, among other sponsors. ...
(Date:4/21/2017)... ... April 21, 2017 , ... ... today announced first round funding to three startups through the UConn Innovation Fund. ... to new business startups affiliated with UConn. , The UConn Innovation Fund provides ...
(Date:4/21/2017)... Muncie, IN (PRWEB) , ... April 21, 2017 , ... ... year to 11 high school graduates from across the nation. The scholarships are created ... of AMA member dues. , Scholarship criteria are set by the AMA Scholarship Committee, ...
(Date:4/21/2017)... ... April 21, 2017 , ... Frederick Innovative Technology Center, ... emerging technology-based businesses, recently earned a $77,518 grant from the Rural Maryland Council ... 2004, FITCI is Frederick’s first incubator. A non-profit corporation, FITCI is a public-private ...
Breaking Biology Technology: