The Cato T. Laurencin Institute for Regenerative Engineering CEO defines regenerative engineering as the convergence of advanced materials sciences, stem cell science, physics, developmental biology, and clinical translation, for the regeneration of complex tissues and organ systems. Regeneration, specifically in regards to musculoskeletal tissue, is a groundbreaking field pioneered by Dr. Laurencin. With his leadership, the Institute aims to regenerate a limb on the person receiving treatment. Not a robotic limb but rather a real, organic, flesh-and-blood one.
This type of breakthrough will have a tremendous impact on public health and in the lives of those with amputations due to bone cancer, diabetes, dangerous infections, trauma accidents, or even children born with missing or impaired limbs. To hear from Dr. Laurencin directly, view the video of his Ted Talk below.