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A bioreactor to advance back pain research | Lisbet Haglund | TEDxMontreal

vor 2 Jahren

Back pain is the second most common medical condition worldwide and has a major negative impact on the quality of life for the individual. Although it is so common and costly, little is known about the mechanisms leading to back pain and there are no treatment options for early disease. We have developed bioreactors where we can keep human intervertebral disc’s alive for more than 4 months outside the body. This system provides us with a tool to study why and how we get back pain and to test treatment strategies for back pain in live human tissue.

Lisbet Haglund is a basic scientist and holds a position of Associate Professor in the division of Orthopedics at McGill University. Her research focus is on understanding how back pain arises and how it can be prevented. Lisbet is part of a multidisciplinary team of basic scientists, engineers and spine surgeons; a critical combination to address all aspects of this condition. They have together developed bioreactors where live human tissue can be maintained in an environment mimicking that found in the body. This system opens endless possibilities to learn more about how back pain occurs, and provides a platform to evaluate potential treatment strategies.


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