Researchers create 3D printed stem cell-infused scaffolds for spinal cord repair

3D printed stem cell

Researchers create 3D printed stem cell-infused scaffolds for spinal cord repair

University of Minnesota researchers have broken new ground in the rapidly advancing field of 3-D printing: creating stem cell-infused scaffolds that could be implanted in spinal cords to repair nerve damage.

The technology has existed for years to print plastic implants containing live cells. But the challenge was to do so in a way that would allow sensitive “neuronal” stem cells to survive the printing process so they can repair nerve damage after transplant. Continue reading “Researchers create 3D printed stem cell-infused scaffolds for spinal cord repair”

3D Printing Permits Medical Students to Cut Costs and See Less Exposure to X-Rays

In high school, the Anatomy class took a field trip to the USC Kinesiology Lab to see the real human body. For some it was a harrowing experience, and not just because of the exposed organs. They learned that medical students often practice surgical procedures on cadavers. This is a good thing. Residents and doctors operating on vulnerable and ailing people ought to be honed and ready for the job. Medical students also must learn to operate heavy machinery with exposure to radiation with such devices as the C-arm. The name matches the machine which can inspect vital organs like the kidney. However, researchers at the University of Minnesota have found a safer and more cost-effective method for training by utilizing 3D printers and materials from Stratasys. Continue reading “3D Printing Permits Medical Students to Cut Costs and See Less Exposure to X-Rays”