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Improving facial reconstructions

Improving facial reconstructions

Dr Sophie Wiszniak and Dr Quenten Schwarz, Neurovascular Research Laboratory have discovered how the human jawline is formed, in research which provides clues to new treatments for craniofacial defects and also has implications for people suffering facial sporting injuries.

Their research reveals new knowledge about blood vessels that control craniofacial development and cartilage growth. 

Dr Quenten Schwarz and Dr Sophie Wiszniak joined Breakfast’s Ian Newton on Radio Adelaide 101.5 FM to talk about their discovery (mp3) published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (Wiszniak S, Mackenzie FE, Anderson P, Kabbara S, Ruhrberg C, Schwarz Q. Neural crest cell-derived VEGF promotes embryonic jaw extension. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015 Apr 28. pii: 201419368. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 25922531).