Connective tissues in health and disease: The Aberdeen experience

Richard M. Aspden*

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Connective tissues have primarily a mechanical function within the body. How each tissue derives its mechanical properties from its composition and structure and how these properties are maintained by the cells are still poorly understood. Some principles that may provide a unifying basis for the material properties of these tissues as materials is described. Given this understanding current studies in Aberdeen are investigating the ways in which cells may regulate these properties in response to mechanical stimuli.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-36
Number of pages6
JournalBulletin of the Hospital for Joint Diseases
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1999


  • Articular cartilage
  • Bone
  • Connective tissue
  • Histology
  • Ligament
  • Meniscus
  • Morphology


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