Scars are an inevitable consequence of surgery and trauma that can lead to debilitating physical and psychological consequences. There is no current treatment that adequately prevents or decreases uncontrollable scar formation. In partnership with the McGill biomedical engineering labs and the division of plastic surgery, Jonathan Kanevsky was able to create a device that harnesses the principles of mechanotransduction to decrease scar formation at the site of a wound after surgery.
The inventors, Jonathan, now a fourth year medical student at McGill University, along with Dr. Mirko Gilardino, the program director of plastic surgery at McGill University and the director of the Craniofacial surgery unit at the Montreal Childrens Hospital, and Dr. Satya Prakash, a Professor in the department of Biomedical Engineering, patented the device in partnership with MENODYS, an up and coming medical device company from the greater Montreal area. Testing of the device in an animal model showed positive preliminary results and confirmed the significant promise for this invention and a novel technique to treating scars.
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March 19, 2013