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Data on Tissue Engineering Discussed by Researchers at ICVS

February 19, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Biotech Week -- Investigators discuss new findings in Biomedicine and Biomedical Engineering. According to news reporting originating in Braga, Portugal, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "Low back pain (LBP) is one of the most common painful conditions that lead to work absenteeism, medical visits, and hospitalization. The majority of cases showing signs of LBP are due to age-related degenerative changes in the intervertebral disk (IVD), which are, in fact, associated with multiple spine pathologies."

The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from ICVS, "Traditional and more conservative procedures/clinical approaches only treat the symptoms of disease and not the underlying pathology, thus limiting their long-term efficiency. In the last few years, research and development of new approaches aiming to substitute the nucleus pulposus and annulus fibrosus tissue and stimulate its regeneration has been conducted. Regeneration of the damaged IVD using tissue engineering strategies appears particularly promising in pre-clinical studies. Meanwhile, surgical techniques must be adapted to this new approach in order to be as minimally invasive as possible, reducing recovering time and side effects associated to traditional surgeries. In this review, the current knowledge on IVD, its associated pathologies and current surgical procedures are summarized."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Furthermore, it also provides a succinct and up-to-date overview on regenerative medicine research, especially on the newest tissue engineering strategies for IVD regeneration."

For more information on this research see: Tissue engineering strategies applied in the regeneration of the human intervertebral disk. Biotechnology Advances, 2013;31(8):1514-1531. Biotechnology Advances can be contacted at: Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd, The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, England. (Elsevier -; Biotechnology Advances -

Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting J. Silva-Correia, ICVS 3Bs PT Govt Associate Lab, Braga, Portugal. Additional authors for this research include S.I. Correia, J.M. Oliveira and R.L. Reis (see also Biomedicine and Biomedical Engineering).

Keywords for this news article include: Tissue Engineering, Biomedicine and Biomedical Engineering, Braga, Europe, Portugal, Bioengineering, Regenerative Medicine

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