Nov 1, 2022
Over the past year,
several INNOVATORS were devoted to
learning more about the state of pediatric research. In this
podcast, we learn about a breakthrough in the development of tissue
from silk for use in the treatment of children born with
Dr. Carlos Estrada holds appointments at Boston Children’s Hospital
and Harvard Medical School and was instrumental in the development
and use of a new type of tissue. He earned his undergraduate
degree from College of the Holy Cross and the MD from Wright State
University Boonshoft School of Medicine. He completed an internship
and residencies at Rush University Medical Center, then
accepted a fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital from which he
accepted an appointment to the faculty there. He earned an MBA from
MIT. He focuses his research on tissue engineering and
neurogenic bladder dysfunction.
In today’s podcast, he responds to the following questions:
- Describe the work you and your colleagues have been engaged in,
particularly the rationale for pursuing it as well as its
significance for the treatment of children?
- Since launching INNOVATORS nearly 5
years ago, we’ve encountered several instances in a variety of
fields including veterinary medicine and prosthetics, to mention
only two, where the search for material that might be a
substitute for surface skin was the “holy grail”. Your work seems
to open up a much broader spectrum of applications. What are some
of those and are the applications direct and straightforward
or do they entail more research?
- The announcement of your breakthrough was attended by an
emphasis on the importance of collaboration that transcended areas
of specialization and perhaps even entire fields. Who/what
were those other partners and how did the collaboration come about
and how was it sustained? Specifically, what role did leadership,
on the part of an individual or a group of decision makers,
play in facilitating collaboration?
- The kind of research you and colleagues have been involved with
requires resources. What kinds and which sources of resources were
instrumental in advancing your research?
- Finally, even as you revel in what your research has
accomplished, do you look out beyond the more immediate uses of
your findings to applications that have become a bit more
feasible precisely because of what the research makes possible
now? What are some of those?
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INNOVATORS do not necessarily reflect the
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