Healing More Quickly: Unveiling the Future of Tissue & Organ Repair

Combining biomedical finesse and nature-inspired engineering, a uOttawa-led team of scientists has created a jelly-like material that shows great potential for on-the-spot repair to a remarkable range of damaged organs and tissues in the human body. Cutting-edge research co-led by uOttawa Faculty of Medicine  Associate Professor Dr. Emilio I. Alarcón could eventually impact millions of lives with peptide-based hydrogels that will close skin wounds, deliver therapeutics to damaged heart muscle, as well as reshape and heal injured corneas. “We are using peptides to fabricate therapeutic solutions. The team is drawing inspiration from nature to develop simple solutions for wound closure and tissue repair,” says Dr. Alarcón, a scientist and director at the BioEngineering and Therapeutic Solutions (BEaTS) group at the University of Ottawa Heart Institutek whose innovative research work is focused on developing new materials with capabilities for tissue regeneration.

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