View Full Version : New collaborative focuses on regenerating lost tissue

03-06-2006, 06:25 PM
A new collaboration between regenerative medicine experts and the military is setting the stage to launch several clinical trials of treatments for combat wounds, including one experiment to regrow an injured soldier's missing ear.

The Soldier Treatment and Regeneration Consortium will focus on research that could lead to novel treatments for burns and wounds and perhaps even regenerate digits and limbs.

During a visit to the Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative yesterday, U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., announced "a $1 million congressional earmark that gets this program up and running."

"We're bringing in other university centers, other branches within the military to be able to come together and take the research that is being done here and turn it into practical applications," he said.

Along with PTEI, the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the U.S Army Institute of Surgical Research in Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Walter Reed Army Medical Center and others are part of the consortium.

More than 16,000 soldiers have been injured in the Iraq war, according to statistics from the Department of Defense. About 6 percent of the wounded have needed amputations.

The funding will be used to coordinate activities and prepare for safety trials of possibly five new therapies within the year, said Alan Russell, executive director of PTEI and director of the McGowan Institute.


03-06-2006, 06:29 PM
With more collaborations like this, great strides stand to be made in tissue engineering!