Bone Loss Research
The Schwarz laboratory focuses on finding solutions to bone loss due to conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, infections, tumors that spread to bone, and bone destruction near the implants used in reconstructive surgery. Several genes are known to turn on the healing process in bone. Dr. Schwarz's group loads these genes into harmless virus particles. The particles are coated onto experimental bone implants to deliver therapeutic genes to the area of reconstruction, thus improving bone healing. The cartilage that lines joints in mice can be encouraged to heal more completely when virus particles deliver therapeutic genes too. An additional interest of Dr. Schwarz's lab is the use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and high resolution computed tomography (CT) scans to visualize the formation of new blood vessels as patients heal.
Selected Journal Covers
- The effect of mesenchymal stem cell sheets on structural allograft healing of critical sized femoral defects in mice. Biomaterials. 35, 2752-9. (2014 Mar 01).
- Validation of GAITRite and PROMIS as high-throughput physical function outcome measures following ACL reconstruction. J Orthop Res. In press. (2014 Feb 14).
- 3D printing of composite calcium phosphate and collagen scaffolds for bone regeneration. Biomaterials. In press. (2014 Feb 13).