Irish researchers think their new material could enable better spinal cord repair

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Researchers at the University of Limerick in Ireland shared research demonstrating progress in spinal cord tissue repair.

The researchers, who conducted work at UL’s Bernal Institute, published their findings in Biomaterials Research.

According to a news release, they developed new hybrid biomaterials. They turned to nanoparticles built on existing practices in tissue engineering. As a result, they successfully synthesized the materials to promote repair and regeneration following spinal cord injury.

Maurice Collins, associate professor of the School of Engineering at UL led the team. So, too, did lead author Aleksandra Serafin, a PhD candidate at UL. Their research used a new kind of scaffolding material and a unique new electrically conducting polymer composite. This promoted new tissue growth and generation.

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