Research Demonstrates New Method of Possible Spinal Cord Tissue Repair; Successfully Synthesized Hybrid Biomaterial Could Possibly Be Used to Treat Spinal Injuries

Unique new material developed at the University of Limerick (UL) in Ireland has shown significant promise in the treatment of spinal cord injury. Brand-new research conducted at UL’s Bernal Institute--published on November 22, 2022 in Biomaterials Research--has made exciting progress in the field of spinal cord tissue repair. The open-access article is titled “Electroconductive PEDOT Nanoparticle Integrated Scaffolds for Spinal Cord Tissue Repair.” New hybrid biomaterials developed at UL in the form of nanoparticles and building on existing practice in the tissue engineering field, were successfully synthesized to promote repair and regeneration following spinal cord injury, according to the researchers. The UL team led by Professor Maurice N. Collins, Associate Professor, School of Engineering at UL and lead author Aleksandra Serafin, a PhD candidate at UL, used a new kind of scaffolding material and a unique new electrically conducting polymer composite to promote new tissue growth and generation that could advance the treatment of spinal cord injury.

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