Damage and loss of cartilage and bone mass can occur at any age, due to injury, disease, trauma, or simply wear and tear. Traditional solutions include a prosthesis, which are metal and have a limited lifespan. This results in subsequent revision surgery.
In Utrecht, we are working towards alternative approaches, including joint distraction; 3D printing of constructs; biofabrication; being able to coax our bodies to regenerate tissue, maybe with the help of intelligent scaffolds, rather than cultivating tissue in the lab.
What we’re working on…