Dr. Cato T. Laurencin had already earned a PhD in biomedical engineering when he started a fellowship in sports medicine, a job that got him involved in fixing lots of torn knee ligaments known as ACLs.
“It just seemed to me that there might be a better way to be able to approach this,” said Laurencin, now a professor of orthopaedic surgery and director of the Institute for Regenerative Engineering at the UConn Health Center.
Fixing a torn ACL -- the anterior cruciate ligament, which keeps the shin bone from sliding out in front of the thigh bone -- generally requires implanting tissue from another part of the body. What if, Laurencin wondered, you could instead engineer a ligament that would regenerate?
Read the rest of the story in an article by Arielle Levin Becker at the CT Mirror.