Tissue engineering is a rapidly developing field that offers new approaches to treat the loss or malfunction of various tissues and organs. The capability to engineer new functional tissues will have an enormous impact on the quality of life of patients in the near future. The incorporation of cells into scaffolds or biomaterials to produce a functional tissue is a key approach in tissue engineering. Scaffolds should be biocompatible, allow cell adhesion, promote cell growth, and maintain differentiated cell phenotype. Synthetic and naturally-derived polymers, inorganic ceramics, and composite materials have been used to create various scaffolds.
The objective of this TWA was to:
- Review current methods for characterising the properties of biomaterials, scaffolds, and cells used for tissue engineering. The initial phase will focus on biomaterials and cells for engineering bone tissue
- Develop new methods for characterising the physical, chemical, and biological properties of biomaterials, scaffolds, and cells.
- Establish standard protocols for the preparation and characterisation of biomaterials and cells utilised in tissue engineering
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