Biomaterials and Healthcare

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Professor John W Haycock
Director, Centre for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering

Biomaterials and tissue engineering represent the pharmacology of the future – tissues and materials engineered to integrate with the patient’s own body. Developments in this area over the coming decades will improve the quality of life of an ageing population and contribute towards the United Kingdom economy both in healthcare provision and in developments in the medical device and biomaterials industry.

The Centre for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering brings together many Polymer Centre academics with other scientists, engineers and clinicians to explore these broad areas of research:

  • Biomaterials: scaffolds for tissue engineering, drug release and biocompatibility.
  • Devices, Implants & Bioreactors: devices for dignity, prosthetics and implants.
  • Imaging and analysis: techniques used to analyse and evaluate engineered tissues, implant materials and prosthetics.
  • Tissue engineering: of cartilage, nerve, bone, cornea, skin, urethra and oral mucosa.
  • Stem cells: for bone, nerve, tendon, gene and therapeutics applications.
  • Computational systems biology: modelling cellular interactions, tissues and prosthetics.

Please download and view the Polymer Centre Directory to find more information on specific colleagues’ interests in Biomaterials and Healthcare, and feel free to contact the Polymer Centre to discuss future research opportunities.

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