Center for Advanced Bioengineering Soldier Survivability
Thousands of soldiers’ lives are saved each year with recent advancements in body armor. However, one of the key issues surrounding today’s troops is the ability to dramatically improve the survival and rehabilitation of soldiers who are wounded. Army surgical research now concentrates on issues such as homeostasis, resuscitation, bone tissue injury, soft tissue injury, trauma informatics, clinical trauma, and bioprosthetics. These areas focus on saving the soldiers’ lives, preventing viable tissue loss, and returning the soldiers back to duty as soon as medically possible.
This Center is based on a multidisciplinary approach to expedite the progress of research from the laboratory to the clinical setting, or from “bench to bedside” as it is often called.
CABSS goal is to use advanced bioengineering to develop technologies that will facilitate the transfer of research in musculoskeletal biology and regenerative medicine to patient care.
While much is known about the basic biology of cells in the musculoskeletal system, efforts to convert this information to useful products have been limited. Effective treatment of traumatic injury is an important goal for the general public as well as the military population. By developing methods to treat composite tissue injuries, the health of the veteran population will be enhanced. Adaptation of these technologies to private sector medical practice will ensure that maximum benefit is realized from investment in this research program. The research studies performed in CABSS will be used with stem cell therapies, resulting in improved cell delivery and retention of cells at the defect site, ultimately resulting in improved tissue regeneration and repair following traumatic injury.