Christopher H. Evans, Ph.D., Director of Mayo Clinic Rehabilitation Medicine Research Center, Professor of Orthopedics and Carmen Terzic, M.D., Ph.D., Chair of Mayo Clinic Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation discuss Gene Therapy for Cartilage at the Fourth Annual Symposium on Regenerative Rehabilitation.
Cartilage is unusual tissue because it’s one of the few organs in the body that has no ability to repair itself after injury.
It is frequently injured in sporting activities and accidents, and is damaged by diseases such as arthritis.
Dr. Evans believes it’s important to be inventive when developing ways to repair cartilage.
The approach the RMRC uses is to develop technologies that can be implemented in the operating room in a single procedure; nothing has to leave or be grown outside the body.
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