A team of University of Wisconsin researchers engineered vocal fold tissue that transmits sound and vibrates like native tissue. This is a major step in developing treatments for patients with voice impairments due to damaged vocal cords. “Bioengineered vocal fold mucosa for voice restoration” was published in the November 18, 2015, issue of Science Translational Medicine.
Several members of the Department of Surgery were involved in the research:
Additional UW-Madison co-authors include materials expert Sundaram Gunasekaran, PhD, of the Department of Biological Systems Engineering, along with proteomics expert Lloyd Smith, PhD, and senior scientist Brian Frey, PhD, of the Department of Chemistry.
The story has appeared in numerous national and international news outlets and in news organizations around the world.