|Figure 1. Professor Julia Polak is Director of the Tissue Engineering Centre at The Hammersmith Hospital. |
Her research involves using stem cells. In the year 2000 her group succeeded in growing the bone cells of an adult patient on a glass-like material which acts as a 'scaffold'. If all goes well, this work should lead to the production of artificially grown bone. Such bone could then be given to patients with serious bone disorders.
As Julia Polak has said 'This discovery is a significant step forward in the fight against osteoporosis and in the development of better treatment for bone injuries.'