‘Combination’ Therapy for Improved Bone Repair

Yusuf Khan, associate professor of orthopedic surgery at UConn Health. (UConn Health Photo)

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.