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Establishing a novel transgenic mouse model with human-like vertebral joint degeneration: a future platform for screening regeneration therapeutics

Department of Orthopaedics & Traumatology

Applications accepted all year round Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Intervertebral discs (IVD) are the major vertebral joints responsible for spinal motion. Lumbar IVDs undergo age- and non-age related degeneration, causing low back pain and neurological deficits. Mouse models are widely used in dissecting physiology and patholobiology due to versatile molecular tools available and other benefits. However, the mouse spine is considered to have limited relevance to IVD degeneration because of distinct IVD anatomy and cellular composition from the human counterpart.

This project aims to establish a mouse model with human-like IVD degeneration via an inducible gene ablation strategy. Furthermore, by crossing with specific strains, how intrinsic cartilage regeneration capacity can modify the degeneration phenotype will be investigated. Assessment will involve a spectrum of histological, molecular, and imaging methodologies. This investigation will generate an important platform to better understand IVD degeneration and enable cost-effective evaluation of regenerative strategies.

Dr. Victor Y Leung, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Orthopaedics & Traumatology
Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
The University of Hong Kong
Tel: +852 3917 6985

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