In the quest to restore function after spinal cord injury, researchers at University of California San Diego have come up with a unique tool — a 3D-printed scaffold. This “bioprint” custom scaffold is intended to serve as bridge to place, guide and protect stem cells, enabling them to grow into nerves that can span across the injury.

The UCSD research started making headlines when the study was published in the January 2019 issue of Nature Medicine.

A Jan. 24 article in University of California News explains that 3D printing enables the researchers to take an MRI scan of a lab rat’s spinal cor