Associate Professor of Surgery Nathan Welham

‘Bad guy’ fibrocytes could help rebuild damaged tissue

Could a blood cell type responsible for scarring and diseases such as pulmonary fibrosis be repurposed to help engineer healthy tissue?

A new study by a University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health researcher shows that someday, fibrocytes may be used for regenerative therapies for people who need to have their vocal folds or other tissues rebuilt after damage or loss.

Nathan Welham, associate professor of surgery, and colleagues published their study of fibrocytes this week in the journal Science Advances.

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