To characterise the exogenous cell behaviour during repair and surgical intervention
Cell therapies aim to deliver healing cells to the patient and present huge potential for regeneration and repair of cartilage. The challenge lies in defining the success of the delivered cells after they enter the patients. To do this, we need to track the cells around the body of the patient and determine if the cells have reached the right location and stay there having a positive impact. In the Centre, we are developing new ways we can achieve this using clinically relevant imaging systems such as MRI and PET. By adapting and designing new protocols for enhanced cell tracking in patients, we can use these methods in our experimental systems and align them direct to our clinical studies using existing clinical imaging facilities. This provides a well validated and rapid route to clinic.