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Center for Smart Biomaterials

Center for Smart Multiple Stimuli-Responsive Biomaterials for Local Drug Delivery

Haggard & BumgardnerThe Center was founded in late 2012 with funding from the FedEx Institute. Reducing infections after traumatic injuries such as bone fractures is a significant medical need. Traditional wound treatment involves stabilizing fractures, applying dressings and giving antibiotic therapy. Because wounds often lack blood circulation, delivering antibiotic intravenously can lead to systemic toxicity and/or inadequate therapeutic levels at wound sites. The need for a new antibiotic delivery system that is “smart”, in the sense that it responds to multiple stimuli to treat wound infections, would allow improved outcomes for patients and lower costs to payers.

The Center’s Director is Warren Haggard, PhD, Professor of Biomedical Engineering.

Research Center Collaborators:

Joel Bumgardner, PhD, Biomedical Engineering

Tomoko Fujiwara, PhD, Chemistry

Amber Jennings, PhD, Biomedical Engineering

Sanjay Mishra, PhD, Physics

Bashir Morshed, PhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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