Neurosurgery

Penn Center for Peripheral Nerve Disorders

Research

Researchers in the Penn Center for Peripheral Nerve Disorders are pushing the boundaries of medical research by developing living, stretched nerve grafts in the laboratory. In preliminary studies, the grafts are able to restore function in damaged nerve segments.

These tissue-engineered, living, dorsal root ganglion axonal nerve constructs have the potential for restoring function in patients who have suffered disabling nerve and spinal cord injuries that are currently not treatable. The center, based within Penn Neurosurgery, is the longest standing and most respected center for brain injury research in the United States.