Cellular In Vitro Testing: Methods and Protocols
Editors - John W. Haycock (University of Sheffield, U.K.), Arti Ahluwalia (University of Piza, Italy) and J. Malcolm Wilkinson (Kirkstall Ltd, U.K.)

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The main aim of the Centre for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering at the University of Sheffield is to foster multidisciplinary interactions, bringing scientists, engineers and clinicians together within the broad areas of research expertise shown below:

Dendrimers used as transfection agents
Biomaterials: scaffolds for tissue engineering, drug release and biocompatibility.

Tissue engineering of skin - photograph of a skin patch grown in the laboratory.
Tissue engineering: of cartilage, nerve, bone, cornea, skin, urethra and oral muscosa.

Photograph of a microfluidic device.
Devices, Implants & Bioreactors: devices for dignity, prosthetics and implants.

Cell culture reactor.
Stem cells: for bone, nerve, tendon, gene and therapeutics applications.

A fluorescence micrograph showing MSH receptors in cells.
Imaging and analysis: techniques used to analyse and evaluate engineered tissues, implant materials and prosthetics.

Mathematical model of drug delivery to the lung
Computational systems biology: modelling cellular interactions, tissues and prosthetics.

Biomaterials and tissue engineering represent the pharmacology of the future – tissues and materials engineered to integrate with the patient’s own body.

Developments in this area over the coming decades will improve the quality of life of an ageing population and contribute towards the United Kingdom economy both in healthcare provision and in developments in the medical device and biomaterials industry.

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