Cell Scaffolds

"We work with scaffolds, cells and tissue engineer. We make lots of scaffolds to repair different materials in the body e.g. bone, cartilage and heart valves. [The scaffold] is a collagen-based material. You can hook the cells onto the scaffold material and that gives you a tissue engineered construct you can then put into the body. We’re still in the research stage but we’re hoping to get some of them into clinical trials. One of the projects we’re working on is the development of a heart valve. When you put in a synthetic or mechanical valve they can’t actually grow or change with the body. If you can get the body to use this scaffold material to grow its own body tissue, [the valve] can then change and grow as the patients changes and grows.” - Tanya Levingstone, RCSI

“We work with scaffolds, cells and tissue engineer. We make lots of scaffolds to repair different materials in the body e.g. bone, cartilage and heart valves. [The scaffold] is a collagen-based material. You can hook the cells onto the scaffold material and that gives you a tissue engineered construct you can then put into the body. We’re still in the research stage but we’re hoping to get some of them into clinical trials. One of the projects we’re working on is the development of a heart valve. When you put in a synthetic or mechanical valve they can’t actually grow or change with the body. If you can get the body to use this scaffold material to grow its own body tissue, [the valve] can then change and grow as the patients changes and grows.” – Tanya Levingstone, RCSI

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