Improving muscle function after injury

Grant number: 454561 | Funding period: 2007 - 2010



Muscles can be injured by excessive strains when playing sports, in road and workplace accidents, and during plastic and reconstructive surgery. Some surgeries require an unavoidable interruption to the muscle's normal blood supply (called 'ischaemia'). Subsequent return of the muscle's blood supply (reperfusion) is problematic in that a severe secondary muscle injury can ensue mediated by the influx of damaging free radicals when blood flow is restored. Tissue-engineering provides a novel therapeutic approach to restore muscle structure and function to damaged muscles after injury or disease. Our recent research using controlled release of growth factors from biodegradable hydrogels has exc..

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