Dr. Mark Clarke Featured on Houston Public Radio
HHP faculty Dr. Mark Clarke was featured on KUHF 88.7 Houston Public Radio's UH Moment. UH Moment is a weekly feature heard Wednesdays at 7:49 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Featured each week are students, faculty and administrators telling stories of the innovative research, programs and successes that make up the story of the University of Houston.
The segment by Marisa Ramirez featured Dr. Clarke's research on bone loss. You can listen to the entire segment below:
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Below is an excerpt from the article:
The innovative result of Clarke's research was something more than a 3-D model of bone formation. The result was real human bone.
"We made a structure that has no synthetic components," he said. "It's all made by the two cell types that we start with. What you end up with is a piece of material that is identical to newly formed human trabecular bone, including its mineral components, its histology and its growth factor content."
In a previous NASA-funded study, Clarke studied how skin patches can collect sweat for analysis of biomarkers of bone loss, like calcium.
This most recent research is another example of studies that are market-ready. The start-up company, OsteoSphere, is examining ways the research can be used commercially.
"UH has now licensed the technology to OsteoSphere, which is looking at ways to commercialize the technology in a clinical setting, including culturing an individual's own bone for subsequent transplantation back into the patient, developing other products for use in orthopedic reconstruction or using the technology as a screening tool for pharmaceutical development," Clarke said.
Read the entire article on the KUHF website (pdf version)
About UH Moment:
KUHF 88.7, Houston Public Radio, broadcast by the University of Houston, has featured the HHP department in various segments on the program UH moment. UH Moment is a weekly feature heard Wednesdays at 7:49 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Featured each week are students, faculty and administrators telling stories of the innovative research, programs and successes that make up the story of the University of Houston.
You can listen to more stories on HHP previously featured on UH Moment here.