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Skip to 0 minutes and 9 seconds We have now explored the ethical and regulatory challenges that the rapid escalation of 3D bioprinting presents. There are no easy answers here. These are issues we have not had to deal with previously. The traditional approach, the clinical trials, is not applicable with personalised medicine. Who decides who gets what treatments when? Will treatments to provide superhuman enhancement emerge? Who will regulate material supply, the machinery– indeed, the person driving the machine– the biofabricator? Of utmost importance is the necessity to engage the community with the scientists and clinicians as we strive to answer these questions. The conversation must begin now, if we are to avoid nontechnical issues delaying the delivery of revolutionary treatments to the clinical environment.

Skip to 0 minutes and 58 seconds I trust you have enjoyed the journey with us, over the last four weeks. We are keen to hear your thoughts on the course. If you are keen to learn more, you may be interested in our master’s course in Biofabrication. This is a joint venture with QUT, here in Australia, Utrecht, and Wurzburg universities. Or perhaps our new master’s course in Electromaterial Science, a course that emphasises the need to create useful structures and devices using advances in material science. The great thing about 3D printing– it’s putting the ability to create back in the hands of the creative.

Week 4 conclusion

…or our brand new online graduate certificate in biofabrication.

The last 4 weeks

Thanks for joining us! Over the last four weeks we have learned about the difference between prosthetic and implants and how 3D printing technologies are being used to create personalised parts for people with medical needs. In week three we learned about the groundbreaking advances in combining bioactive molecules with hydro-gels to to print structures and we learned about many of the ways this technology could benefit current medical needs. Finally in week four we started to think about what a hospital of the future might look like and we also heard about the 3D printing technologies that could one day allow us to print a ‘brain on the bench’.

Thanks for joining us and we hope you enjoyed your time in the course and learned something new.

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Bioprinting: 3D Printing Body Parts

University of Wollongong