Bone healing using cell therapy
This research was completed on 6 August 2004
|Project Leader||Dr G R Dickson PhD, MSc, MIBiol, CBiol, FIBMS, Professor D R Marsh MD, FRCS, Dr G Li and Miss C J Geddis MRCS.|
|Location||Anatomy Department, School of Medicine, Queen's University of Belfast, and Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Trauma, Queen's University of Belfast, Musgrave Park Hospital in conjunction with the Fracture Clinic, Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast.|
|Grant awarded||7 March 2002|
|Start date||7 August 2002|
|End date||6 August 2004|
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