A "Win-win-win" Situation: Nanotechnology in Regenerative Medicine

bridges vol. 14, July 2007 / Nanotechnology Focus

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Samuel Stupp, director of the Institute for BioNanotechnology in Medicine at Northwestern University, is at the center of cutting-edge medical research that has the potential to tackle challenges like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, heart attacks, and spinal cord injuries.

In Stupp's opinion, the keys to these yet-unsolved problems are nanotechnology and regenerative medicine. In one of Stupp's experiments, lab mice with severed spinal cords regained partial function in their hind legs. The question is: Can these results eventually be translated to humans?

Professor Stupp - according to Scientific American one of the "50 Leaders Shaping the Future of Technology for 2005," and one of the "15 Scientists That Will Change Your World" (Biotechnology Industrial Organization) - wants to find out. Among his numerous society and board memberships, he is also connected to Austria as a member of the University of Vienna Scientific Advisory Board.

In the following interview with bridges, Stupp provides insight into the stunning prospects of his cutting-edge research, addresses the controversial legal framework of research in regenerative medicine, and comments on the allegations of potential dangers of his research.

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