The Medical Use of Spider Silk

Treating epilepsy – with nature’s help

Spider silk has remarkable properties: it is tear-resistant, extremely elastic, waterproof, as well as antibacterial and bio-degradable. Centuries ago, spider silk was already used to heal wounds. Today it shall be put to use again, e.g. as new treatment option for epilepsy patients. Scientists at the Foundation of the University of Veterinary Medicine Hanover (TiHo) and Hanover Medical School use spider silk as anchoring system to fix transplanted nerve cells to the brains of epilepsy patients. This new research project is supported by Volkswagen Foundation.



A support programme for risky research ideas

By means of the ”Experiment!“ initiative, Volkswagen Foundation supports the joint project for the use of spider silk as anchor for neuronal cells. This line of funding explicitly focuses on new research ideas from the fields of natural science, engineering, and life sciences. Please watch the movie for more information.