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Research Group Members…

ReconRegen is a team of clinicians and scientists investigating how the use of stem cells and tissue engineered constructs can restore the form and function of the human body. In addition to looking at tissue specific stem cell sources and their interaction with scaffolds and biologically active molecules, the team is also investigating the potential risk factors associated with the use of both stem cells and alloplastic alternatives.

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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. ┬áThe 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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