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Meet the Team

Co-directors Professor Iain Whitaker (Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon) & Dr Ilyas Khan (Regenerative medicine and cartilage biologist) work with a diverse team of clinicians, clinical-academics & full time scientists to elucidate novel approaches to complex reconstructive problems involving soft tissues and joints.

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Facilities

The research unit is located across two main sites, The Institute of Life Science at Swansea University (Wales’ premier purpose-built £50million medical research facility) and one of the Europe’s largest burns and plastic surgery units, The Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery (ABM University health Board).

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Research

ReconRegen is an example of successful collaboration between the NHS, academia & industry. The current research focus is on tissue engineering, using unique resources housed at the Centre for Nanohealth & the Institute of life science to investigate how the encorporation of  scaffolds, cells, and biologically active molecules can grow functional tissues.

Our Research…

The current research focus is on tissue engineering, using unique resources housed at the Centre for Nanohealth and the Institute of life science to investigate how the encorporation of scaffolds, cells, and biologically active molecules can grow functional tissues. Current major projects involve articular and auricular cartilage stem cells to produce elastic hyaline cartilage.

 The group have devised techniques that stimulate accelerated maturation in cartilage tissues so that they are structurally and functionally equivalent to the tissue they seek to replace. Enabling technologies such as 3D Bioprinting are currently being trialled – the group have already used this technique to successfully tissue engineer articular cartilage osteochondral implants.

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Our Facilities…

The Centre for Nanohealth (CNH), housed in the Institute for life science, offers a fully integrated nanotechnology and biomedical R&D environment within the purpose built 1600m2 facility. Incorporated is a fully equipped nano-fabrication and characterisation class 1000/100 cleanroom for silicon and non-silicon based developments.

The Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery houses a custom built research hub for Academic clinical lecturers, post-doctoral scientists and senior clinical academics on the main hospital site next to Plastic Surgery Outpatients and with easy access to the operating theatres.

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