University of Michigan researchers are testing a new procedure in which they can take a tiny piece of a persons mouth lining, grow it into a dollar-bill sized piece of tissue and graft that expanded piece into the donors mouth to heal a wound.
Dr. Stephen Feinberg is leading a team that is currently working with five patients to treat small mouth wounds with the grafts. These five patients are part of what is called a proof of concept study for the Food and Drug Administration.
Feinberg, a professor of both dentistry and surgery, is collaborating with Kenji Izumi, a scientist and surgeon who already has seen success with the method in about 80 patients in Japan. Izumi is a visiting assistant research scientist at U-M and a long-time colleague of Feinbergs.
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