The Department of Defense has been interested in engineering organs, tissues and limbs for decades as a means of treating its wounded soldiers. The number of veterans in need of tissue repair and limb replacement has skyrocketed in the 21st century.
I asked Dr. Feinberg to help explain the current state of cardiovascular treatment and heart-related biomedical engineering. In an upcoming piece, we'll break down the innovative projects that he has underway at CMU that get to the heart of our problems with heart treatment.
This week on Soft Matters, Katie sat down with Prof. Larry Bonassar, whose efforts in studying cartilage (the soft connective tissue in your ears, nose, windpipe, spine, joints, etc.) are leading to breakthroughs in tissue engineering.