Stem Cell Therapies for Osteoarthritis

New scaffold designs are improving the possibilities

Frank B. Kelly, MD, and Mary Ann Porucznik

“Almost all of the research on using stem cells in joints is focused on trying to treat focal defects in cartilage,” said Farshid Guilak, PhD, Laszlo Ormandy professor and vice-chair of the departments of orthopaedic surgery, biomedical engineering, and mechanical engineering & materials science at Duke University Medical Center. Speaking at the 2014 AAOS Now Forum on the use of stem cells in orthopaedics, Dr. Guilak compared focal defects to “a pothole in the road.”

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