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Ever wondered how your body continuously produces billions of blood cells every day? Or how your body can build and maintain complex organs from small populations of stem cells? What if we could grow our own body parts in the lab when our bodies get it wrong? Join us for a night of talks from 2 of Bristol's pioneering tissue engineering scientists to find out!
Stem cells and blood production: it's a numbers game!
Ash Toye (Reader in Cell Biology)
Everyday our bodies happily generate a mind-boggling 500 billion blood cells of different types, including red blood cells, platelets and immune cells. We are all literally bags of blood, with over 24 trillion red blood cells. In Bristol we are growing different blood cells in the laboratory, with the goal of producing as much blood as you normally give away as a donor. We will talk about the challenge of reproducing blood cells in the laboratory and where we currently are, as well as the challenge of producing blood for a clinical trial.
Bioprinting: 3D Printing with Living Cells
Adam Perriman (Reader in Biomaterials)
Tissue engineering is at the forefront of regenerative medicine. Scientists use stem cells and specialised scaffolds to grow human tissue in the laboratory, which will eventually be transplanted into recipient patients. The next generation of tissue engineering involves 3D printing human tissue. In practice, this is not simply 3D printing a scaffold and then seeding with cells, but rather, 3D printing with cells in a specialised “bio-ink”. Dr Adam Perriman leads a group of dynamic scientists and engineers to develop a range of new 3D printed tissues for personalised medicine.