Tissue engineering centre
The Arthritis Research UK Tissue Engineering Centre is led by Professor Andrew McCaskie at the University of Cambridge.
The Centre is based at five sites across the UK: the University of Cambridge, Newcastle University, the University of Aberdeen, Keele University/The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the University of York.
Our award of £2.5 million is significantly bolstered by £3.4 million funding pledged by the participating universities. The centre brings together leading academic clinicians, with leading scientists in engineering, biology and material science with the aim of regenerating bone and cartilage by using the patients’ own stem cells to repair joint damage caused by osteoarthritis.
Treatments for early osteoarthritis are usually limited to non-surgical options such as pain killers and physiotherapy. Patients undergo joint replacement operations once the disease has progressed to joint failure, which involves major surgery and has associated risks. The tissue engineering centre aims to alleviate suffering at an early stage in disease by introducing novel treatments into damaged joints, and repairing damage through less invasive operations such as key-hole surgery.