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A research team led by Professors Nam and Park has received a grant to commercialize an electroactive scaffold for peripheral nerve regeneration


A research team led by Professors Nam and Park has received a grant to commercialize an electroactive scaffold for peripheral nerve regeneration

March 07,2018

Park&Nam

An estimated 20 million people in the US suffer from various forms of peripheral neuropathy as a result of traumatic injury or diseases including diabetic neuropathy and neurofibromatosis. Due to the complex nature of nerve regeneration and the relatively poor inherent regenerative capability of the tissue, full functional recovery is difficult to achieve, especially if the damage size is large. In this regard, a collaborative research team of Professors Jim Nam and Hyle Park has been awarded by the Center for Molecular and Translational Medicine (MolMed) to test the in-vivo performance of a novel neuroconduit for peripheral nerve regeneration in animals. The research team has developed a technology that can subject damaged nerve tissues to an optimized level of electrical stimulation to enhance their reinnervation. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) will be utilized to longitudinally assess the functional recovery in a non-destructive manner. Successful completion of this project will validate a novel method of nerve treatment that will allow functional recovery of nerve injuries with a previously untreatable large gap in a shorter duration.

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