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An integrated theoretical-experimental approach to accelerate translational tissue engineering

Coy, RH; Evans, OR; Phillips, JB; Shipley, RJ; (2018) An integrated theoretical-experimental approach to accelerate translational tissue engineering. Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine , 12 (1) e53-e59. 10.1002/term.2346. Green open access

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Abstract

Implantable devices utilizing bioengineered tissue are increasingly showing promise as viable clinical solutions. The design of bioengineered constructs is currently directed according to the results of experiments which are used to test a wide range of different combinations and spatial arrangements of biomaterials, cells and chemical factors. There is an outstanding need to accelerate the design process and reduce financial costs, whilst minimizing the required number of animal-based experiments. These aims could be achieved through the incorporation of mathematical modelling as a preliminary design tool. Here we focus on tissue-engineered constructs for peripheral nerve repair, which are designed to aid nerve and blood vessel growth and repair after peripheral nerve injury. We offer insight into the role that mathematical modelling can play within tissue engineering and motivate the use of modelling as a tool capable of improving and accelerating the design of nerve repair constructs in particular. Specific case studies are presented in order to illustrate the potential of mathematical modelling to direct construct design.

Type: Article
Title: An integrated theoretical-experimental approach to accelerate translational tissue engineering
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1002/term.2346
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/term.2346
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2016 The Authors. Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: Peripheral nerve repair, mathematical modelling, tissue engineering, bioengineering, computational biology, regenerative medicine, translational research
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > UCL School of Pharmacy
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > UCL School of Pharmacy > Pharmacology
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Computer Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Mechanical Engineering
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1524225
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