I am investigating the potential for cannabinoids, which are the drugs extracted from the cannabis plant, to be used in cartilage tissue engineering. Healthy cartilage tissue allows for the smooth, pain-free articulation of joints throughout the body. Cartilage is frequently damaged, be it as a result of sporting injuries or the general wear and tear that occurs with ageing, but cartilage tissue lacks the ability to repair itself. If left unchecked damage gradually worsens to the point that the cartilage degrades and the size of the defect increases, leading to a condition known as osteoarthritis, a severely painful and highly debilitating disease. We aim to use the beneficial properties of cannabinoids to improve current methods of growing cartilage tissue for the treatment of the damaged cartilage within the osteoarthritic joint.
In my spare time I’m passionate about sleeping, as I’m never happier than when I’m unconscious. During waking hours music usually features quite heavily in my life, be it in the form of listening to my favourite song of the moment on repeat ad nauseum or lamenting and regretting the fact that I appear to have let the many hours I spent practicing piano, cello, flute and saxophone while growing up go entirely to waste (although not as much as my parents regret forking out for my lessons, I’m sure).
My Researcher Video – Cartilage & Cannabinoids