Iijima, Kazutoshi

Faculty of Engineering, Yokohama National UniversityAssociate Professor*Profile is at the time of the award.

2019Inamori Research GrantsBiology & Life sciences

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Research topics
Control of differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells and regeneration of knee joint by functionalization of the interpenetrating polymer network gels
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Summary
Knee osteoarthritis is a knee joint disease that results from abrasion of joint cartilage and the underlying bone to cause inflammation and/or deformation. Since there is no definitive therapy, development of a treatment using stem cells is desired.
Our research team has been working on the development of a cell scaffolding material made from polysaccharides, etc., which are useful for regenerating cartilage, from mesenchymal stem cells taken from the patient. For this proposed research, we aim to develop a technique for regenerating cartilage and the underlying bone together using an approach emulating “bio-mineralization,” a process by which living organisms produce bones and teeth.

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I feel truly honored to have been selected for the Inamori Research Grants Program. By applying engineering approaches to the development of technologies for regenerative medicine, I am hoping to give something back to society.

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