Imaging of the vertebral endplate in human degenerate spines

Author: Sharon Owen

The WCMT Travelling Fellowship undertaken by Sharon Owen took her to Auckland University, New Zealand. She was able to embed herself in the sample preparation and microscopy techniques (Differential Interference Contrast - DIC), utilised by Professor Neil Broom’s research group, for assessment of the structure and function of animal spines to human spines. In particular, she focussed on the organisation and structural integration at the intervertebral disc and vertebral body junctions. Initial findings indicate that changes at this important interface occur with degeneration. It is hoped that the skills acquired in New Zealand can be transferred to her UK department.