New scientist aims to harness stem cells to repair bone and cartilage

July 4, 2018

Could stem cells be harnessed to help broken bones heal faster? Could they repair damage due to osteoarthritis and sports injuries? Speed healing in people having joint replacement surgery? These are just some of the questions that Dr. Daniel Coutu will tackle as the new Research Chair in Regenerative Orthopaedic Surgery at The Ottawa Hospital. Dr. Coutu is also appointed as a scientist in The Ottawa Hospital’s Regenerative Medicine Program and assistant professor in the University of Ottawa’s Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine. He was born and raised in Montreal, and completed his PhD at McGill, followed by postdoctoral studies in Switzerland and Germany.

“I came to Ottawa because I saw a great opportunity to collaborate with world-leading stem cell biologists, orthopaedic surgeons and many others,” said Dr. Coutu. “This kind of collaboration is essential for bringing innovative new therapies to patients.”

The University of Ottawa Division of Orthopaedic Surgery took the lead in fundraising to create the Chair, through The Ottawa Hospital Foundation.

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