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Tissue Engineering Applications and Stem Cell Approaches to the Skin, Nerves and Blood Vessels

[ Vol. 7 , Issue. 2 ]

Author(s):

Natasha E. Picardo and Wasim S. Khan   Pages 115 - 121 ( 7 )

Abstract:


Tissue engineering applies the principles of life sciences and engineering to the development of biological substitutes to restore, maintain or improve tissue function. Developments in this multidisciplinary field have yielded advances in the reconstruction of skin, peripheral nerves and blood vessels. In this review we highlight the fundamental principles and challenges of engineering products which can mimic both the structure and function of these tissues in their healthy state. We discuss the recent progress in the field with its implications for revolutionising healthcare in the future.

Keywords:

Bioengineering, regenerative medicine, scaffolds, stem cells, tissue engineering, Skin, Nerves, Blood Vessels, tendon regeneration, Fibrin

Affiliation:

Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore, Middlesex, HA7 4LP, United Kingdom.



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