Yong-Beom Park, M.D., Ph.D., is named the STEM CELLS Translational Medicine’s Young Investigator of 2018 for his research in cartilage regeneration in osteoarthritic patients.

In this study, Dr. Park and his team collected stem cells from human umbilical cord blood (hUCB), mixed with a hyaluronic acid hydrogel composite and then implanted them in human knees with osteoarthritis. The results of their research showed promising efficacy in terms of durable cartilage regeneration in osteoarthritis, setting the foundation for further investigation in a larger number of patients. The paper was published in the February 2017 issue of SCTM.

“Millions of people live with the pain of knee osteoarthritis, and having a reliable treatment would be ideal,” said Anthony Atala, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of SCTM and director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine. “This research shows promising efficacy for the treatment of cartilage injury and warrants further clinical trials.”

Dr. Park trained in orthopedics at Chung-Ang University Hospital. After finishing his mandatory military service for three years as a military doctor, he worked at Samsung Medical Center for three years as a clinical fellow in the knee division and research fellow in the stem cell field.

Dr. Park is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Chung-Ang University Hospital, Seoul, Korea. Read the paper that helped Dr. Park earn the STEM CELLS Translational Medicine Young Investigator Award, titled “Cartilage Regeneration in Osteoarthritic Patients by a Composite of Allogeneic Umbilical Cord Blood‐Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells and Hyaluronate Hydrogel: Results from a Clinical Trial for Safety and Proof‐of‐Concept with 7 Years of Extended Follow‐Up.”

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