Neural Tissue Engineering
The brain has limited capacity for self-repair or regeneration following damage from traumatic brain injury or disease. Therefore, improving clinical outcomes for patients requires the use of advanced materials to either stimulate intrinsic regeneration processes or deliver therapeutic molecules. Here, the Nisbet Lab is ultilising advanced material processing technologies on the nanoscale for the timely presentation and withdrawal of appropriate proteins that have demonstrated success in promoting brain repair. Specifically, we are developing 3D biofunctional tissue engineering scaffolds with tuneable physical, chemical, and biological properties to provide stable environments for stem cells and to encourage them to differentiate into specific mature cell types.