WFU To Lead Phase 2 Of Advanced Treatment For Wounded Soldiers

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- A branch of the Wake Forest University School of Medicine will lead a $75-million project to treat wounded members of the armed forces.

The Institute for Regenerative Medicine at WFU is in charge of the second phase of the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AFIRM). The federally-funded project will last five years.

AFIRM focuses on applying regenerative medicine to battlefield injuries.

Last November, WFMY News 2 spoke to some of the doctors at Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) working to help wounded warriors. 

Read: Wake Forest Doctors Working To Heal Wounded Warriors

Dr. George Christ told WFMY his team was working on several projects, including: ink-jet technology to print skin cells onto burn wounds, stretch and grow skin cells in a lab for burns and reconstructive projects, and developing a gel that can be injected into muscles to provide a water-based source of oxygen.

The first phase of AFIRM began in 2008 and was co-lead by WFIRM.

Doctors will focus on developing these clinical therapies during the next five years:

  • Restoring function to severely traumatized limbs
  • Reconstruction for facial and skull injuries through tissue regeneration
  • Skin regeneration for burn injuries
  • New treatments to prevent rejection of "composite" transplants such as face and hands
  • Reconstruction of the genital and urinary organs and lower abdomen including the bladder, anal sphincter and external genitalia

Source: Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

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