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TERG members attend TERMIS-EU

02 July 2016

Several members of the TERG presented their research at the 2016 European Chapter of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society Conference in Uppsala, Sweden, 28 June - 1 July. The theme of this year's conference was 'Towards Future Regenerative Therapies'.

TERG post-docs Dr Irene Mencía Castano and Dr Rosanne Raftery presented their research on 'Non-viral collagen-nanohydroxyapatite microRNA-activated scaffolds rapidly enhance human mesenchymal stem cells bone forming capacity' and 'Development of non-viral gene-activated scaffolds for orthopedic tissue engineering' respectively.

Dr Cian O'Leary, also presented his research on 'The development of a 3D tracheobronchial co-culture model with a bilayered collagen-hyaluronate scaffold: An innovative platform for respiratory tissue'.

PhD students from the group Will Lackington, David Walsh and Tomas Gonzalez Fernandez also presented. Will's talk was entitled 'A hyaluronic acid-based nerve guidance conduit for peripheral nerve repair', David presented his work on 'Gene activated scaffolds for orthopaedic tissue engineering' and Tomas spoke on his research on how 'MSC fate following non-viral transfection with therapeutic genes strongly depends on the choice of gene delivery vector'.

Claire Brougham, another PhD student within the TERG had her research on 'A tissue engineered pulmonary heart valve using natural materials' presented by Prof. Fergal O'Brien on her behalf. Prof. O'Brien was also an invited speaker at the conference, giving a talk entitled 'Mechanical stimulation of stem cell seeded scaffolds to enhance angiogenesis and identify new therapeutics targets for bone repair'.