October 2017

NIH funds $1.3M post-traumatic OA study

The National Institutes of Health in July awarded a $1.3 million grant to an Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis mechanical engineer to evaluate a new method of strengthening damaged cartilage and preventing arthritic progression.

Diane Wagner, PhD, associate professor of mechanical engineering in the School of Engineering and Technology, will study a photo-initiated cross­linking treatment in which a combination of a chemical solution and a particular light wavelength is used to add bonds between collagen fibers within cartilage. The therapy can be delivered through arthroscopic surgery, according to a university release.

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