A University of Saskatchewan researcher is looking at ways of regenerating heart muscle through a 3D printer.
Dr. Mohammad Izadifar explains that right now, if you have a heart attack, your heart muscle doesn’t heal.
“There is no permanent solution for repairing heart damage, so my research aims to regenerate heart muscle by combining medicine and engineering.”
Izadifar has conducted research out of 3 places on campus – the Colleges of Engineering and Medicine and the Canadian Light Source synchrotron.
He has proven 3D printed human cells, or what he calls the “heart patch” can grow to form muscle.
Izadifar takes a gel and inserts stem cells into it to make the patch, which is then inserted on to the heart so the stem cells can then form muscle.
Right now testing is at the mice and rats stage, with human testing expected in 10 to 12 years.