, Volume 471, Issue 8, pp 2419-2421
Date: 08 Jun 2013

Editor's Spotlight/Take 5: Nano-ceramic Composite Scaffolds for Bioreactor-based Bone Engineering

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Most of the content we publish comes under the “Clinical Orthopaedics” banner. Yet, our journal’s name consists of four essential words, not two. The article from Dr. Cato Laurencin’s (Fig. 1) award-winning laboratory is a sterling example of the “Related Research” side of our journal that clinical orthopaedists should not ignore.Fig. 1

Dr. Cato Laurencin is the senior author of Nano-ceramic Composite Scaffolds for Bioreactor-based Bone Engineering

The problem is, many of us will get halfway through the title and consider the work beyond our grasp. Do not get discouraged — this material is both approachable and important. Some background here, as well as in the Take 5 interview that follows, may help those who are unfamiliar.

Broadly speaking, Dr. Laurencin’s team is engineering biologically active polymeric/ceramic scaffolds (matrices populated with different kinds of cells, including stem cells) that share properties of bone. These amped-up scaffolds may promote bone regeneration becaus ...

Note from the Editor-in-Chief:
In “Editor’s Spotlight,” one of our editors provides brief commentary on a paper we believe is especially important and worthy of general interest. Following the explanation of our choice, we present “Take Five,” in which the editor goes behind the discovery with a one-on-one interview with an author of the article featured in “Editor’s Spotlight.”
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This comment refers to the article available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11999-013-2859-0.
This comment refers to the article available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11999-013-2859-0.