Center for Smart Multiple Stimuli-Responsive Biomaterials for Local Drug Delivery
The Center was founded in late 2012 with funding from the FedEx Institute. Reducing
infections after traumatic injuries such as bone fractures is a significant medical
need. Traditional wound treatment involves stabilizing fractures, applying dressings
and giving antibiotic therapy. Because wounds often lack blood circulation, delivering
antibiotic intravenously can lead to systemic toxicity and/or inadequate therapeutic
levels at wound sites. The need for a new antibiotic delivery system that is “smart”,
in the sense that it responds to multiple stimuli to treat wound infections, would
allow improved outcomes for patients and lower costs to payers.
The Center’s Director is Warren Haggard, PhD, Professor of Biomedical Engineering.
Research Center Collaborators:
Joel Bumgardner, PhD, Biomedical Engineering
Tomoko Fujiwara, PhD, Chemistry
Amber Jennings, PhD, Biomedical Engineering
Sanjay Mishra, PhD, Physics
Bashir Morshed, PhD, Electrical and Computer Engineering