What we are studying
The science of tissue engineering may be a different way to create new bone, cartilage, skeletal muscle, vessels and skin to repair wounds or injuries. Cell-based tissue engineering uses scaffolds, or platforms, on which cells from a biopsy are grown. These cells are then replaced in the person they came from, to grow normally. Sometimes, the usual type of cell cannot be used in some people, for example if they are injured, have a birth defect, or have a disease like cancer. So we are studying the use of other cell types which could grow normally when replaced in a person, reduce the problems that can result from other kinds of cell transplants, and cost less. In this case, we are studying cells from urine and tissue, which hold promise for tissue engineering solutions when the urine-producing organs are injured or diseased. We may learn new things from these studies that could help create other new organs in the future.