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James Iatridis receives AO Research Fund Grant

Release Date: 02-28-2008

Author: Dawn Marie Densmore
Email: Dawn.Densmore@uvm.edu
Phone: Array Fax: 802-656-8802

Dr.
James IatridisDr. James Iatridis, associate professor in the School of Engineering within UVM's College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS), has been awarded a 3-year grant of $280,000 from the AO Foundation for his research on notochordal cell enhanced intervetebral disc repair. Co-investigators on the grant include Dr. Rocky Tuan (National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD), Dr. Alini Mauro (AO Research Institute, Switzerland), and Dr. Peter J. Roughley (McGill University, Montreal, Canada).

"This research focuses on development and feasibility studies of novel cell-based and tissue engineering repair strategies in the intervertebral disc," says Iatridis. "This is an exciting opportunity for collaborative research to find a solution to repair degenerated discs, a common cause of back pain around the world."

The AO Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the care of patients with musculoskeletal injuries through research, development, education and quality assurance in the principles, practice, and result of fracture treatment. The AO vision is for excellence in the surgical management of trauma and disorders of the musculoskeletal system; and to foster and expand the network of healthcare professionals in education, research, development, and clinical investigation in order to achieve more effective patient care worldwide.

"Focusing on prevention of degeneration and repairing intervertebral discs can improve lives around the world," says CEMS Dean Domenico Grasso. "Research of this caliber reflects the excellence of our faculty and reflects our College's vision for innovation in research for the global community."

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