Posted 27th August 2018 by Jane Williams
Kurt Hankenson works at the interface of basic and clinical research, encompassing what is commonly referred to as “translational research”. His laboratory is part of the Orthopaedic Research Laboratories at the University of Michigan Medical School. The Orthopaedic Research Laboratories, which Hankenson refers to as the ORL, is a consortium of faculty laboratories and there are six members who are focused on studying different aspects of orthopaedics; from bone to soft tissue injuries.
Posted 8th August 2018 by Jane Williams
We caught up with Morgan Alexander, Professor of Biomedical Surfaces, University of Nottingham, to discuss the issues within the NHS, barriers to moving biomaterials work into the clinic, and exciting advancements within the biomaterials space.
Posted 20th July 2018 by Jane Williams
Most tissues in our body are complex entities, containing multiple support structures like vascular networks. Ideally, this complexity should be reproduced when engineering a tissue substitute. This is important for functionality if the goal is to use the engineered tissue as a substitute for donor material, but also to ensure a physiological response in cases where the tissue will be used as a screening platform.
Posted 13th July 2018 by Jane Williams
Tissue engineering/regenerative medicine (TERM) combines three-dimensional matrices, also known as scaffolds, cells and bioactive molecules (e.g. proteins, growth factors) to design functional constructs that have the capability to restore, maintain or improve the functionality of damaged tissues or whole organs.