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NCIRE-The Veterans Health Research Institute is the leading private nonprofit institute devoted to Veterans health research in the United States. Our mission is to advance Veterans health through research.

We support the work of some of the nation's foremost physicians and scientists at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the premier biomedical research facility in the VA system. All have faculty appointments at the University of California, San Francisco, which has its own proud traditions of research and patient care. We also partner with the U.S. Department of Defense to support health research on behalf of our men and women in the Armed Forces.

Those who have served in uniform have given their best for their country. In return, we believe that they deserve nothing less than the best health care research we can provide.

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Alfred C. Kuo, MD, PhD

Assistant Chief, Orthopaedic Section, SFVAHCS
Assistant Professor in Residence of Orthopedic Surgery, UCSF


Improved Treatment of Injuries to Joint Cartilage

The research in Dr. Kuo's laboratory focuses on the biology of articular (joint) cartilage, including tissue engineering of articular cartilage as well as the mechanisms of trauma and oxidant-induced articular cartilage injury. His work focuses on how cell-based therapies combined with growth factor stimulation may improve the treatment of articular cartilage injuries. Current projects include a study to discover more efficacious treatments to prevent cartilage cell death and a study to develop improved treatments for articular cartilage injuries using tissue engineering.

To see Dr. Kuo on Pub Med, click here.