FSU engineering professor growing bone in a lab

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-- As the nation ages, an estimated 44 million Americans, including at least half of those ages 50 and older, are at risk for osteoporosis, making their bones fragile and vulnerable to serious fractures.

Now, a Florida State University engineering professor is looking to develop new technologies that could replace bone mass lost to the disease, as well as treat traumatic bone injuries such as those suffered in automobile accidents or combat. Teng Ma, an associate professor of chemical and biomedical engineering at the Florida A&M University-FSU College of Engineering, and two colleagues have received an $824,000, four-year grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to research ways of generating bone cells in a laboratory that then could be transplanted into human patients.

"The Department of Defense's main interest in this research is its potential for developing new treatments and therapies for military personnel who have suffered bone loss due to diseases or traumatic injuries," Ma said. "However, many other types of patients who suffer from bone diseases could benefit from this research as well."

Ma pointed to recent students showing that tissue-engineered bone grafts are effective for correcting bone defects resulting from osteoporosis and other bone-related diseases. One out of every two women and one in four men over the age of 50 eventually will suffer an osteoporosis-related fracture, and many more are at risk. Such fractures typically occur in the hip, spine and wrist.

"Currently, there are two sources of bone that can be used for performing corrective grafts -- the patient's own body and human cadavers," Ma said. "Both of these have severe limitations. There is a limited supply, obviously, of bone tissue that can be taken from one part of the patient's body to be grafted onto another. And with cadaveric bone" -- bone taken from human cadavers -- "immune response and the possibility of viral infect

Contact: Teng Ma
Florida State University

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. New UD tissue-engineering research focuses on vocal cords
2. Small, self-controlled planes combine plant pathology and engineering
3. UC engineering researchers uncover factors that control ion motion in solid electrolytes
4. UD scientist wins NSF career award for tissue engineering research
5. New success in engineering plant oils
6. Bioengineering efficient antibiotic biosynthesis in E. coli
7. More women students choose engineering -- but not as a career
8. Bioengineer wins $500,000 engineering prize
9. Researchers to present advances in energy, health, technology at chemical engineering conference
10. Research Council feted NJIT chemical engineering professor
11. Genome archaeology illuminates the genetic engineering debate

Post Your Comments:

(Date:3/27/2021)... ... March 25, 2021 , ... Phlexglobal announced ... Planet Group, has selected Phlexglobal and its innovative regulatory SaaS software, PhlexSubmission, as ... a comprehensive review of five regulatory software companies, with the review team including ...
(Date:3/27/2021)... ... 25, 2021 , ... The 2021 Virtual Conference on Clinical Trial Supply-Europe ... More and more, clinical trial supply conferences are featuring speakers and forums that ... Asymmetrex’s founder and CEO, James L. Sherley, M.D., Ph.D., presented a talk ...
(Date:3/23/2021)... ... March 23, 2021 , ... G-CON Manufacturing (G-CON), the ... by Matica Biotechnology (Matica Bio), a contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) specializing ... the cleanroom build out for its new GMP production facility in College Station, ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:3/27/2021)... ... March 24, 2021 , ... ... Life Sciences and Healthcare firms of all sizes, adds depth to its team ... specialist. Pardillo, who earned his doctorate in computational chemistry from Florida International University ...
(Date:3/27/2021)... ... March 24, 2021 , ... ABI Wellness, ... and reporting approach designed under CEO Mark Watson, today announced a webinar dedicated ... featuring guest speakers Dr. Cameron Clark, Neuropsychologist and Founder of Sharp Thinking, and ...
(Date:3/27/2021)... ... ... The Xtalks editorial team is pleased to announce the launch of the ... joined by editorial team members Ayesha Rashid, Sydney Perelmutter and Mira Nabulsi to discuss ... including insights from industry experts. , The Xtalks Life Science podcast will feature ...
(Date:3/23/2021)... Conn. (PRWEB) , ... March 23, 2021 , ... ... develops solutions for characterizing microbiome populations down to the strain level, recently unveiled ... applications. , Not all microbes are created equal: some are easy to ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: