Arthritis Research UK Tissue Engineering Centre
This centre brings together clinicians and scientists from the fields of 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. The centre brings together expertise from Cambridge, Aberdeen, Newcastle, York, Keele and Oswestry.
Current 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.
Research at this 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.
This centre was originally awarded in 2011 and was renewed for a second term of five years in 2016.