Regenerating Tissues from the Nanoscale
Molly Stevens shows how engineering of materials on the nanoscale applies to biological tissue. In the near future we will see novel approaches to tissue engineering that are likely to prove very powerful in the engineering of large quantities of human mature bone for transplantation. We will be able to develop nanomaterials with the ability to dynamically assemble and dis-assemble structures from within the body when triggered to do so.
Molly Stevens is the Research Director for Biomedical Material Sciences in the Institute of Biomedical Engineering at Imperial College London. She leads multidisciplinary research group working in regenerative medicine, tissue regeneration and tissue engineering is investigating the directed differentiation of stem cells, the design of novel bioactive scaffolds, and novel approaches for engineering large quantities of human mature bone for autologous transplantation. In the field of nanotechnology the group has current research efforts in exploiting specific biomolecular recognition and self-assembly mechanisms to create new dynamic biosensors and drug delivery systems.
Prof Molly Steven's predictions from 2012
|Within 3 years|
Stem cells will be used to repair damaged body parts.
|2012 Stem cells made from blood, BBC news|
|Within 5 years|
Whole organ printing will be possible, as will stem cells for cosmetic and beauty purposes.
|Within 10 years|
Meat production will have radically changed, we will be able to grow a burger in a petri dish.
Foresight and futures work
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