First and Last Name/s of Presenters

Allison RiggsFollow

Mentor/s

Dr. Thomas Terleph

Location

Panel C: UC 107

Start Day/Time

4-21-2017 2:00 PM

End Day/Time

4-21-2017 3:15 PM

Abstract

Much of the current research using stem cells focuses on their possible roles in regenerating tissues, more specifically organ formation. By studying their regenerative properties, it has been discovered that stem cells may play an important role in regenerating other parts of the body such as cartilage and bone as well. Since cartilage does not easily regenerate or repair itself and bone takes a long period of time to fully heal, using stem cells on the infected areas could greatly improve a person’s recovery from these conditions as well as their daily functioning, especially because these conditions are some of the leading causes of disability and many disorders involving cartilage damage are only treatable using very invasive methods such as surgery. These stem cells, specifically adult stem cells, taken from the bone marrow have been evaluated for their reparative properties in animal models with positive results. Although research has not yet had a fully restored functional joint using stem cells in a human model, these studies show the potential for the use of these cells in certain degenerative diseases such as arthritis or even bone fractures.

College

College of Arts and Sciences

College and Major available

Biology, Psychology

Keywords

Stem cells, Organ formation, Regenerative properties

Document Type

Essay

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The Use of Stem Cells and their Regenerative Properties in the Treatment of Cartilage and Bone Disorders

Panel C: UC 107

Much of the current research using stem cells focuses on their possible roles in regenerating tissues, more specifically organ formation. By studying their regenerative properties, it has been discovered that stem cells may play an important role in regenerating other parts of the body such as cartilage and bone as well. Since cartilage does not easily regenerate or repair itself and bone takes a long period of time to fully heal, using stem cells on the infected areas could greatly improve a person’s recovery from these conditions as well as their daily functioning, especially because these conditions are some of the leading causes of disability and many disorders involving cartilage damage are only treatable using very invasive methods such as surgery. These stem cells, specifically adult stem cells, taken from the bone marrow have been evaluated for their reparative properties in animal models with positive results. Although research has not yet had a fully restored functional joint using stem cells in a human model, these studies show the potential for the use of these cells in certain degenerative diseases such as arthritis or even bone fractures.

 

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