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Wound Healing

The use of adipose as stem cell source for tissue engineering provides a rich portfolio of research experiences for the Department of Plastic Surgery. An important aspect of ongoing studies is to investigate the adipose depot-specific characteristics of whole lipoaspirate, adipocytes, and adipose-derived stem cells.

Moreover, current investigations into how different types of delivery systems (no scaffolding, natural fat scaffolding, stem cells alone, etc) for adipose tissue derived cells can effect outcome measure, such as repair of soft tissue loss, thermal injuries, diabetic injuries. These studies are underway to ultimately develop new wound care strategies.

Ongoing Wound Care Research Projects

Lidocaine safety studies

Adipocyte-derived stem cells in irradiated wounds

Abdominal wall reconstruction

Diabetic foot ulcers (NIH studies)