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3D-printed guide helps regenerate complex nerves

18-Sep-2015

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Regrowth of nerves after injury or disease is very rare.

New technique 3D imaged and 3D printed a custom silicone guide with biomimetic physical cues (microgrooves) and path-specific biochemical cues.

Successfully tested on rat’s sciatic nerve.

Don’t have to worry whether the drugs will work and be safe in humans, but won’t have original 3D scan after an accident so use library of standard nerves instead.

The study was published in the Advanced Functional Materials journal.

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Scientific journal covering materials science.

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Non-profit American academic medical center focused on health care, education, and research

Academic

Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota.

Academia

Ivy League research university in Princeton, New Jersey

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Public Research university.