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Three University of Cincinnati (UC) faculty members spoke at the 10th Symposium on Biodegradable Metals for Biomedical Applications at England's Oxford University.
Vesselin Shanov, PhD, presented his work in a talk titled “Design and testing of zinc stent fabricated by photo-chemical etching.”*
Shanov is a professor in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Chemical and Environmental Engineering in UC's College of Engineering and Applied Science. Shanov is also director of Nanoworld Laboratories, an interdepartmental research laboratory group which includes faculty from mechanical and materials engineering, chemistry, aerospace engineering and the UC College of Medicine.
Dr. Kevin Little, MD, presented his work titled, “Testing magnesium metal alloys for use as pediatric bone nails.”*
Little is director of the Pediatric Hand and Upper Extremity Center; associate fellowship director, Mary S. Stern Hand Surgery Fellowship; associate professor of orthopaedic surgery for the Department of Orthopaedics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in the College of Medicine.
Sarah Pixley, PhD, gave the keynote talk for a session on the topic of “In Vivo” titled “Magnesium metal electrospun with polycaprolactone into nanofibrous fabrics has tissue reparative effects in vivo.”*
Pixley is an associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology & Systems Physiology in the UC College of Medicine and secondary faculty in the Department of Biomedical Engineering in UC's College of Engineering and Applied Science.
Shanov, Little and Pixley are part of a collaborative National Science Foundation-funded Engineering Research Center called “Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials." The grant has funded at least six researchers at UC for the past 10 years. The other members include:
UC’s principal investigator for the grant is UC professor Mark Schulz, in mechanical & materials engineering and co-director of Nanoworld Laboratories. The efforts of this group are designed to further our understanding of the use of biodegradable metals such as magnesium and zinc in biomedical applications. The overall principal investigator of the grant is J. Sankar at the North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University in Greensboro, N.C.
As an extension of the grant, Schulz and all three researchers who presented at the symposium are participating in an NSF-funded supplement aimed at encouraging international collaborations. This supplement, called a Centre to Centre grant, involves several researchers and two international groups, one in Northern Ireland and one in Ireland.
This grant funds research to develop bioresorbable metal alloy systems for orthopedic implant devices. As part of this collaborative work, Pixley and Little traveled to Northern Ireland after the symposium and visited their sister Centre, the Nanotechnology and Integrated Bioengineering Centre at Ulster University in Northern Ireland. They participated in talks and discussions with engineers working on the grant.
*Note: Contributing authors for “Design and testing of zinc stent fabricated by photo-chemical etching” include Vesselin Shanov, PhD; Pravan Kumar (Mechanical & Materials Engineering, UC); Guanqui Zhang (Mechanical & Materials Engineering, UC), Sarah Pixley, PhD and Zhongyun Dong, PhD.
Contributing authors for “Testing magnesium metal alloys for use as pediatric bone nails” include Kevin Little, MD; Sarah Pixley, PhD; David Glos (Orthopaedics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center); Vesselin Shanov, PhD; and Zhigang Xu, PhD (Mechanical Engineering, NCAT).
Contributing authors for “Magnesium metal electrospun with polycaprolactone into nanofibrous fabrics has tissue reparative effects in vivo” include Sarah Pixley, PhD; Udhab Adhikari, PhD (Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, NCAT); Xiaoxian An (College of Pharmacy, UC); Shalil Khanal (Energy & Environmental Engineering, NCAT), Tracy Hopkins, MS (Pharmacology & Systems Physiology, UC), Narayan Bhattarai, PhD; and William Heineman, PhD.
Photo featured at top: the Engineering Research Center. Photo/UC Creative Services
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Carl Fichtenbaum, MD, professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Internal Medicine at the UC College of Medicine, is the local principal investigator on a study called TRAILBLAZER, which stands for T-Cell Reinfusion After Interfering With Lymphocyte Binding Location of AIDS Virus Through Zinc-finger-nuclease Elimination of CCR5 Receptors. The study will pinpoint and alter a specific gene in people with HIV. The hope is that process will lower the amount of HIV in the person’s body, and could possibly lead to the development of a cure for HIV.