New nanomaterial could revolutionise cartilage regeneration

December 4, 2018

Osteoarthritis is highly prevalent amongst the global population, with over 20 million patients estimated to be affected in the US alone. Cartilage deterioration has remained a barrier to treatment, as researchers found no way to regrow or slow the deterioration of chondral tissue, and many patients have had to resort to joint replacement surgery to find relief from pain.

However, engineers from MIT have recently designed a new type of material that could penetrate damaged cartilage, to deliver healing drugs to damaged cells more directly.