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Project: “Bioactive materials, cell and tissue printing: New therapeutic approaches for organ level tissue engineering and regenerative medicine” selected as one of the new “Emerging Fields” funded projects

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The research project “Bioactive materials, cell and tissue printing: New therapeutic approaches for organ level tissue engineering and regenerative medicine” has been selected as one of the University’s “Emerging Fields” projects and it will be funded for 2 years.Coordinator is Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini in collaboration with Dr R. Detsch (Institute of Biomaterials) and co-investigators are Prof. R. Horch, Dr U. Kneser, Prof. C. Alexiou, Prof. C. Garlichs (Faculty of Medicine), Prof. B. Fabry (Faculty of Natural Sciences) and Prof. O. Friedrich (Technische Fakultät).
The aim of this project is to establish a multidisciplinary research consortium at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, to develop complex, functional tissues and organs based on smart combinations of bioactive materials, cells and tissue printing. The approach relies on the combination of novel (nano)biomaterials, which will be shaped and micro-structured using innovative rapid prototyping techniques in conjunction with “cell printing” methods (bioprocessing). The ultimate goal is to engineer a range of organ-specific 3D tissues with a pre-formed functional vascular capillary bed and vascular trees such that large tissue lesions can be repaired with short healing time.

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