About the project
The winner of Find A Better Way’s competition to fund ‘Near-term Regenerative Medicine Technology for the Treatment of Blast Injuries’ was announced in September this year. The competition was run by EPSRC on behalf of FABW.
The research will be a major step in assisting those who not only suffer the major trauma of a landmine or other blast injuries but also those involved in other types of accidents with similar outcomes. The research will be lead by Professor Manual Salmeron-Sanchez and will be conducted through University of Glasgow School of Engineering and its Institute of Molecular, Cells and Systems Biology. Research work will be ready to start in January 2017.
Following a blast injury, bone regeneration is particularly difficult because of the amount of bone typically lost, and the difficulty of providing bone grafts in the required shapes. The idea is to develop novel technologies that will allow the production of custom designed bone grafts with controlled anatomical shapes. We will use state-of-the art 3D printing technologies to fabricate anatomical shaped scaffolds onto which bone will be grown using nanolayers of ‘growth factors,’ which naturally occur in the body, but can have serious side effects using current delivery methods.
The ultimate vision of this research is the production of ‘off the shelf’ bone that can be properly packaged and delivered quickly, efficiently and safely anywhere in the world, including countries affected by remnants of landmines.