An injectable gel for peripheral nerve regeneration
Peripheral nerve damage is currently treated using autologous nerve grafts, artificial bridges and neural tubes, but success is marginal. Scientists of the EU-funded PeriGO project are developing a peripheral nerve repair strategy based on an injectable, biocompatible hydrogel. The main advantage of this approach is that it contains guiding elements and tuneable material properties so when injected, it makes a tight contact with the injured nerve and adopts its shape accordingly. PeriGO will test this innovative approach in a preclinical model of sciatic nerve lesions before proceeding to the clinic.