Undergraduate research team needs your help to develop novel osteoarthritis treatment

Although the percentage of Americans suffering from osteoarthritis continues to rise, many patients struggle to find relief from current available treatments. In a departure from traditional methods of treatment that target symptoms instead of the source, Team Matrix hopes to develop a targeted therapy to treat the underlying biological cause of osteoarthritis.

Team Matrix is a research team of undergraduate students in the Gemstone Research Honors Program at the University of Maryland, College Park. The team’s research focuses on manipulating exosomal, intercellular communication to promote cartilage tissue regeneration and reverse the progression of osteoarthritis.

In our research, we will load extracellular vesicles with therapeutic cargo and determine the effect of cargo delivery on cartilage cells.

As an undergraduate team with few resources and funds, we need your help to obtain the materials necessary to conduct our experiments. As such, we are participating in a crowdfunding campaign on a university-sponsored platform called LaunchUMD.

Any and all donations are greatly appreciated and will provide tremendous support for our research as we navigate the remaining two years of our project.

Please visit our LaunchUMD campaign page to learn more about our goals and to submit your tax-deductible donation before the end of April.

If you have any questions, contact us directly at teammatrixumd@gmail.com or visit our website.

Thank you for your support!

Submitted by Stephanie Chill.

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