Hartford Engineering A Limb (HEAL) project is the brainchild of CICATS CEO Dr. Laurencin, whose laboratory research successes include the growth of bone and knee ligaments. His method for limb replacement does not focus on mechanical or robotic limbs but rather on organic, flesh-and-blood ones that would grow on the person that receives the treatment. Aimed at helping wounded warriors as well as others who have lost limbs or experienced nerve damage, HEAL is led by UConn Health’s Institute for Regenerative Engineering and CICATS. Other patients who could benefit from the future breakthroughs are those with amputations due to bone cancer, diabetes, dangerous infections, trauma accidents, or even children born with missing or impaired limbs.
CICATS has collaborated with top regenerative engineers who are dedicated to advancing their fields and developing future therapies for patients living with musculoskeletal defects or limb injury or loss. Senior HEAL Team investigators include Dr. Lakshmi Nair and Dr. Yusuf Khan of UConn Health, Dr. David M. Gardiner of the University of California Irvine, professors at Harvard University, Columbia University, and Sastra University in India. The HEAL project is further supported by 10 dedicated research fellows and a collaborative team of scientists and clinicians in biomedical engineering, stem cell sciences, molecular biology, orthopaedic surgery, plastic surgery and rehabilitation medicine from across the UConn Health campus