Bahaa Daou – Investigador predoctoral en IIS Biodonostia/CIC biomaGUNE.
Salón de Actos-IIS Biodonostia.
Neurotraumatic injuries affect more than 500K patients every year globally, with FDA approved treatments, at best, aiding in merely easing the patient´s pain and alleviating the symptoms. The sciatic nerve, on the other hand, is the longest and widest nerve fiber in the human body, responsible for supplying sensory and motor functions to the lower limbs. Any injury to the nerve section or subsequently to the spinal cord can result in loss of nerve functions. Additionally, the formation of neuromas at the lesion site prevents regeneration of the nerve with current treatments being insufficient to regain proper former function. Besides nerve transplant and grafting which pose great complications both to the host and the donor, nerve guidance conduits (NGCs) offer a good alternative for nerve regeneration. In this seminar, I will present my preliminary work developed during my first 2 years as a PhD working on Carbon Nanotubes (CNT)-Based scaffolds for nerve tissue regeneration culminating in patentable materials with good stability in vivo.