Laurencin’s Work Recognized by National Geographic
According to a special issue of National Geographic, a research breakthrough made by Dr. Cato T. Laurencin, director of the Institute for Regenerative Engineering at the UConn Health Center, may someday revolutionize recoveries for patients with tears of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) – one of the most common knee injuries. His work is among the“100 scientific discoveries that changed the world” featured in the magazine.
Laurencin’s research includes work on a new approach to ACL regeneration that incorporates the use of a biocompatible and degradable synthetic braided scaffold that would be surgically implanted to create ligament tissue. The scaffold would stabilize the knee and facilitate unprecedented regeneration of ligament tissue.
“The burgeoning field of regenerative medicine seeks nothing less than to provide patients with replacement body parts,” the article states. It highlights that studies by Laurencin and his team have shown, “the promotion of new blood vessel and collagen growth within 12 weeks.”
“I am encouraged by the progress of our research and delighted with the recent recognition including the National Geographic special issue. It is an honor for the UConn Health Center, the University and particularly for our research team,” Laurencin said.
Throughout his career, Laurencin has followed a dual path in orthopaedic surgery and engineering. Along with tissue engineering, Laurencin’s research has also focused in biomaterials science, drug delivery systems, nanotechnology and stem cell science.
At the Health Center, Laurencin is also the chief executive officer of the Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, and holds the Van Dusen Endowed Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery.
Portions of this post were contributed by Maureen McGuire and appeared in UConn Today.