Cartilage is often injured as the result of trauma, sporting injuries or in car crashes.
It can also be lost as a result of arthritis.
Either way, the loss of cartilage can be very painful if your joints grind and don’t function properly.
During Thursday evening’s Dinner & Satellite Symposium, Christopher H. Evans, Ph.D., Director of Rehabilitation Medicine Research Center, Mayo Clinic PM&R will be talking about the problem and what appears to be a promising future.
His lecture to the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation will focus on novel ways to address the loss of cartilage. That includes the use of new biological techniques to grow new cartilage in the body.
Dr. Evans interest is in gene therapy. He plans to talk about the use of genes to stimulate regrowth and innovate types of cell therapy to regenerate cartilage in the body.
Most of the research up to this point has used animal models. While there are no clinical trials yet on the horizon, Evans is hopeful there will be some very soon now that the Rehabilitation Medicine Research Center has been newly renovated and recently hosted an open house in Rochester, Minnesota.
Dr. Evans will present his Satellite Symposium, tonight, 7:45-9pm, San Diego Convention Center, Upper Level, Room 24.