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3D Printed Bone Scaffolds Could Heal Devastating Injuries

3D Printed Bone Scaffolds Could Heal Devastating Injuries

Written by David

December 1, 2018

Dr. John A. Svizek, a scientist at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson , has received a five-year, $2 million grant from the United States Department of Defense to launch a study focusing on how to heal broken bones with a combination of adult stem cells and 3D printing. Dr. Svizek, a biomedical engineer and professor of orthopedic surgery, hopes that the study will result in the ability to fix even the most devastating fractures. “Imagine an impact that causes half of a long bone to shatter so that it can’t be put back together – no current surgical treatment can ensure that kind of injury will heal,” he said. “This is a really big problem for the military, where explosions or combat injuries can cause big bone defects.” Dr. Svizek’s lab, with the help of clinical partners in the UA Department of Orthopedic Surgery, plans […]

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