Valeria Chiono, PhD, Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy, provides an overview of developing injectable hydrogels containing microRNA-loaded nanoparticles for regenerating cardiac tissue. There are currently no regenerative therapies for cardiovascular diseases such as myocardial infarctions, with heart transplantation being the only long-term solution. Injection of nanoparticles loaded with microRNA can induce the conversion of scar tissue to cardiomyocytes in situ. This interview took place at the 6th World Congress of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS 2021).
The content of the interview is related to Valeria Chiono’s research within BIORECAR project financed from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme grant agreement No 772168.