Skip to 0 minutes and 10 seconds I’ve been working with leading clinicians and fabricators to turn the amazing properties of ulvan, found in seaweed into a new treatment for burns and skin wounds. Ulvan is antibacterial, antiviral, and even anticoagulant, making it perfect for skin healing. In my work I turn the ulvan into a gel. This gel can be mixed with a patient’s own cells and 3D-printed into any form. The idea is, when you go and get your wound or burn treated, the site can be scanned and a customised 3D scaffold will be printed to enhance the healing process. The degree has been an awesome experience.
Skip to 0 minutes and 46 seconds I’ve worked with some of the best clinicians in the field, and have the support of a multi-disciplinary team here at ACES on a project that could change people’s lives. And I’m not done yet. I’m about to head to the Netherlands to advance my work in a leading university.
Skin regeneration: The lab
The ability to customise….
The ability to design personalised treatments which specifically suit the type and shape of each patient’s wound is another example of how 3D bioprinting is and will continue to revolutionise the types of treatments available.
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You too can have the opportunity to help develop real-world solutions to current medical needs. The work is future-focused and set to change the way medical solutions are conceptulised and performed. For more information have a look at the University of Wollongong’s online Graduate Certificate in Biofabrication or the Master of Philosophy (Biofabrication).
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