How Our Research Can Help You
Increasingly smaller and more advanced artificial heart devices, which we help to design and test, sustain many people as they await donor hearts.
A collagen "scaffold" helps to heal wounds, tendons, and ligaments by drawing healthy young cells to the injury site, and patients' own stem cells from their blood, bone marrow, or muscle are used to treat heart failure and urinary incontinence.
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A device that incorporates living liver cells can take over the organ's function, helping to sustain patients as they recover from injury or infection, or await transplantation.
We know that stem cells give rise to healthy, new tissues. But what if some stem cells go bad, and give rise to cancerous tissues? We're thinking about new ways to treat cancer that may stop it from ever coming back.
Dendritic Cells - Diabetes
In type 1 diabetes, the body attacks its own insulin-producing cells. Our challenges are to stop that attack and replace the missing cells.
Heart & Blood Vessels
In addition to our partnership with the UPMC Artificial Heart Program, we're finding new ways to treat heart failure and grow blood vessels in the lab.
Cells of the spinal cord and brain don't regrow well on their own once they've been damaged, leading to devastating losses of function. But regenerative medicine is up to the challenge.
Injuries to bone, muscle, cartilage, and tendons were some of the first problems addressed by regenerative medicine.
Regenerative Facial Reconstruction
Facial disfigurement from disease or trauma is much more than a cosmetic issue, it's also a quality of life issue. We're working on ways to regrow jaw bones, teeth, and other tissues.
Respiratory Assistance - Lung
We're working on new ways to add oxygen to blood that are kinder to airways than traditional ventilators and can be used in the field by combat medical personnel and paramedics.
Urinary incontinence is the number two reason why seniors move to long-term care homes. We have a new way to restore control.