Biomedical engineers at Case Western Reserve University are growing tracheas by coaxing cells to form three distinct tissue types after assembling them into a tube structure—without relying on scaffolding strategies currently being investigated by other groups.
Successful trials and further research and development could someday allow surgeons the option of replacing damaged or faulty trachea with a fully functional natural-tissue trachea in both adults and children, said Eben Alsberg, professor in biomedical engineering and orthopaedic surgery and director of the Alsberg Stem Cell & Engineered Novel Therapeutics Lab at Case Western Reserve University.
“The unique approach we are taking to this problem of trachea damage or loss is forming tissue modules using a patient’s cells and assembling them like childhood toy Legos into a more complex tissue,” said Alsberg, who is leading the research… Continue reading.
WASHINGTON, D.C.— The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has announced the pending induction of Eben Alsberg, Ph.D., Full Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Orthopaedic Surgery, General Medical Sciences, Case Western Reserve University, to its College of Fellows. Dr. Alsberg was nominated, reviewed, and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows For outstanding contributions to the fields of tissue engineering and biomaterials.