Molly Stevens: A new way to grow bone
Molly Stevens - Biomaterials researcher
Molly Stevens studies and creates new biomaterials that could be used to detect disease and repair bones and human tissue. Full bio
and minimize our suffering.
materials in the body,
perform a mechanical function.
very complex if we want to,
used all over the world,
can be many different things,
different labs in the world,
different abilities to regenerate,
that we work on a lot in our lab.
an iliac crest harvest.
somewhere else in the body.
only so much you can take,
years after the operation.
for bone repair, of course,
harvest cells from the patient,
in really fancy chemistries,
periosteum away from the bone.
artificial in vivo bioreactor cavity
were interested in using this.
designing the materials.
about bone structure,
really beautifully organized.
that have that sort of structure,
this hybrid sort of material
would normally be really brittle,
are porous, and they have to be,
as a slightly curved surface,
with slightly different dimensions
on in both of these areas.
cell trials going on worldwide,
ways to surround the cells.
About the speaker:Molly Stevens - Biomaterials researcher
Molly Stevens studies and creates new biomaterials that could be used to detect disease and repair bones and human tissue.
Why you should listen
At Imperial College London, Molly Stevens heads a highly multidisciplinary research group that designs bioactive materials for regenerative medicine and biosensing. It's fundamental science with an eye to practical applications as healthcare products.
Among the products from her lab: an engineered bone, cardiac tissue suitable for use in transplants, and disease-sensing nanoparticle aggregates that change color in the presence of even tiny quantities of cancer-related enzymes, making early sensing possible. As Stevens told The Lancet: "It's right down at the nanoscience level. It's really exciting stuff, but it actually results in something very tangibly useful."
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