Program Information

Our aim is to develop new orthopaedic interventions using biomaterials and stem cells with 3D bioprinting approaches

Acute or chronic organ dysfunction and cancer are severe threats mainly for middle aged and elderly animals and people. In veterinary medicine these problems become apparent especially in individually kept companion animals such as horses, dogs, and cats that may reach old age. We try to find sophisticated new treatments and preventive strategies for companion animals as they often have sentimental value for their owners. Animals may also serve as models for human diseases. We therefore closely cooperate with the UMC Utrecht and the Hubrecht Institute.

In this program, we study bone and cartilage regeneration in animals and humans. Our aim is to develop new orthopaedic interventions using biomaterials and stem cells with 3D bioprinting approaches, in both horses and dogs. Locomotion problems in these animals are very similar to those of people, so we can learn a lot from this research. The same applies to liver diseases, very common among dogs. By studying the liver regeneration process in dogs, we hope to find new cures for both animals and humans. For a detailed program outline, key publications and contact information see our program outline.