Yusuf Khan, an associate professor of orthopedic surgery at UConn Health has received more than $1.7 million from the National Institutes of Health to study a novel combination of bone repair therapies.
New cell treatments for bone repair are becoming an increasingly popular alternative to more invasive procedures, especially for patients who only have small-scale defects.
One of these techniques involve hydrogels – networks of crosslinked polymer chains with very high water content – that can be used to transport and maintain cells within a bone defect. The high-water content of the hydrogel could allow the cell-hydrogel assembly to be injected into the bony defect using minimally invasive techniques. Read the full UConn Today story.