Polymeric microparticles for the treatment of osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis when the protective cartilage that cushions the ends of bones wears down over time, affecting millions of people worldwide. The disorder most commonly affects joints in hands, knees, hips and spine, and often leads to joint replacement surgery. Presently, the condition is not curable and only a symptomatic treatment is available. The EU-funded MEPHOS project aims to develop a novel integrated strategy for osteoarthritis treatment based on the intra-articular deposition of polymeric microplates providing simultaneous long-term pharmacological therapy and mechanical support. Polymeric microplates will provide continuous release of pain management medication and combination of molecules and biologicals, to prevent tissue degeneration while inducing regeneration processes. The project is a collaborative effort of seven European and American academic institutions and industrial partners for fabrication and biological and preclinical evaluation.
Field of science
- /medical and health sciences/medical biotechnology/cells technologies/stem cells
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Funding SchemeMSCA-RISE - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)