Musculoskeletal Tissue Engineering: Basics and Examples in Bone Tissue Engineering
Speaker: Prof. Joseph Freeman, Biomedical Engineering Department, Rutgers University
Department: Electrical Engineering
Location: Engineering Quadrangle, J201
Date/Time: Thursday, February 7, 2013, 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
With people living longer and becoming more active there is an ever increasing need for a variety of healthcare solutions. Among these is the repair of tissues after wear and tear, trauma, and disease. Several tissues have been tissue engineered; among the most interesting and complex are musculoskeletal tissues. These tissues are load bearing, which makes it more difficult to design a scaffold that can be implanted immediately without priming with the use of a bioreactor. Bone is such musculoskeletal tissue that has been heavily investigated by a variety of different techniques. We will discuss musculoskeletal tissue structure and function and why that relationship makes the engineering of these tissues difficult without producing new tissue ex vivo. We will look at specific examples in bone tissue engineering and will share some of our latest work in this area.
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