Method Uses Cadaver Tissue to Help the Body Regrow Nerves

With some nerve injuries, the body heals on its own. University of Florida biomedical engineers, supported by the National Science Foundation, are working to restore nerve function when injuries are more complicated. Surgeons can sometimes move a nerve from one part of a patient's body to another. University of Florida biomedical engineer Christine Schmidt has developed a method that grafts cadaver tissue onto the damaged area to act as a scaffold for nerves to regrow themselves.