World TERMIS 2021
After Seoul, Vienna, and Boston, Maastricht was selected to host the next world conference of the tissue engineering and regenerative medicine society. We expect to attract more than 2'000 delegates by 2021 in Maastricht, which is at the center of a European region fervidly active in tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, stem cells, biomaterials, in silico modeling, and biofabrication.
Biofabrication for the eardrum
Tympanic membrane (or eardrum) is provided by nature with unique anatomic features that ultimately allow a superb physiologic performance in varying frequency ranges. Several pathologies damage this tissue, including chronic otitis media (COM), which ultimately bring to deafness.
Biofabrication with dynamic materials
3D printing makes it possible to create complex personalized products such as prostheses and implants directly from a 3D scan. To make this type of application possible, it is important that available materials have the correct mechanical and biochemical properties. In the TA program DYNAM, which is funded from the Innovation Fund for Chemistry, researchers and companies will tackle this challenge
New Project on 3D printing
Damaged and diseased bones in the region of head, face and jaws are common, and are conventionally treated using metallic or polymeric implants, which poorly bond to the surrounding bone. As a result, failure of such implants is common.
Podcast on Biofabrication
Prof. Moroni was interviewed by Future Tech Podcast on Biofabrication and its promise for regenerative medicine and pharmaceutical applications as 3D in vitro models.
Biofabrication for Nerves
In our recent review published in the January issue of Advanced Healthcare Materials, we have reported on recent advances in the biofabrication field to regenerate peripheral nerves.
FET FLAGSHIP Proposal on Personalized Health Care Initiative
The Personalised Health Care Initiative is a large-scale scientific and technological proposal that will address the grand challenge of developing regenerative, precision and personalised medicine to improve the quality of life of billions of patients worldwide.
Writing with Electrospinning
Direct Writing Electrospinning allows the deposition of bundles of fibers in a predetermined pattern, thus mimicking more closely the structural architecture of our native extracellular matrix.
Comprehensive Review on Dynamic Hydrogels
Mimicking the complexity of our own extracellular matrix with synthetic materials remains an open quest. In this comprehensive review, we have attempted to highlight the most exciting developments in the material science field aiming at getting closer to the dynamic behaviour of biological materials.
Congratulations to Paul for his VENI!
Veni is part of the Dutch science organization Talent Scheme. Veni is aimed at excellent researchers who have recently obtained their doctorate. Researchers in the Talent Scheme are free to submit their own subject for funding, which are encouraged to be curiosity-driven and innovative research.
Interreg Project BONE starts in Paris
Eight European companies and research institutes have teamed up in the innovative research project ‘’BONE: Bio-fabrication of Orthopaedics in a New Era’’. BONE is financed by the Interreg NWE programme, a cross-border partnership that is financially supported by the European Fund for Regional Development. This European transnational consortium led by Maastricht University (UM) will spend the next four years developing innovative bone implants.
Dynamic Materials for Biofabrication
As our tissues and organs change dynamically in time in response to stimuli from the surounding environment in our body, biomaterials used to create scaffolds for the regeneration of such tissues and organs should mimic this dynamicity.