Sayre, Pa. – The Guthrie Foundation for Education and Research has received a $10,000 grant for the initial phase of research in the field of tissue replacement.
The LEAP Testing Service, a component of the Guthrie Foundation, will use the funding for the first year of a five-year research project that will help determine the viability of growing cells rapidly outside of the human body and then using them in tissue replacement.
When a patient is in need of donated tissue, as in the case of the cartilage needed in joint replacement surgery, the best option is to use that patient’s own tissue by replicating it outside of the body. But doing so takes a great deal of time. Currently, patients wait for organ donors or medical devices in the quest for tissue replacement. These options are also time-consuming. A further complication from donated tissue is the possibility of rejection, requiring the use of anti-rejection drugs.
Guthrie’s LEAP Testing Service will research how to rapidly multiply patient cells outside of the body to support patients in need of tissue replacement.
The Arthur T. Cantwell Charitable Foundation is based in Coudersport, Pennsylvania and is administered by the Citizens & Northern Bank's Trust & Financial Management Group. The Foundation supports initiatives that work toward the "prevention and elimination of human diseases."
Guthrie Health is a non-profit integrated health system located in north central Pennsylvania and Upstate New York, serving patients from an 11-county service area. Guthrie is comprised of a research institute, home care/hospice, hospitals in Sayre, Pa., Corning, N.Y., and Troy, Pa., as well as a multi-specialty group practice of more than 260 physicians and 130 mid-level providers in a regional office network encompassing sub-specialty and primary care sites in 23 communities throughout Pennsylvania and New York. Guthrie Health offers a wide range of services and programs designed to enhance the health and well-being of those it serves.