Tissue engineering (TE) aims to repair or regenerate injured tissue and organs.
At the same time, TE can provide solutions to the classic problems with lack of donors, graft rejections, and the body’s inflammatory responses to bone grafting, even when the bone tissue is taken from the patient hirself (autologous).
In the last several decades, a tremendous development in life sciences, engineering and information technology has taken place. Combined, this makes biomedicine a uniquely promising research discipline.
Recent advances in stem cells, molecular biology, bioengineering and biomaterials, have led to the emergence of the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine (TE/RM). This field is one of the most rapidly developing fields in biomedicine. UiB is committed to developing TE/RM on campus, and has supported it with:
- Establishing a consortium of scientists and clinicians in skeletal regenerative medicine and stem cell research
- Setting up an effective and multi-disciplinary research infrastructure, and laboratories
- Establishing strong links and interactions between researchers and clinicians from different faculties and departments, as well as Haukeland University Hospital