Researchers at the University of Sydney are developing an injectable hybrid hydrogel that mimics the behavior of chondrocytes, and could have application in the repair of damaged cartilage, particularly in the knee.
Chief investigator on the project, Associate Professor Fariba Dehghani, has stated an intention to “generate a new family of hybrid biomaterials constructed by precisely blending natural and synthetic components. The novel biomaterials that we are developing will establish a foundation for manufactured prefabrication and in situ injections which will promote rapid and targeted healing to the affected region.” With refinement, the biomaterial might hold potential in many healing applications throughout the body.
The cross-disciplinary research team includes tissue engineers, biochemists, etc., and the team's work has been supported by a 2012 Australian Research Council grant.
Cartilage repair gel gives injuries a sporting chance. The University of Sydney, March 8, 2012.