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Every day we are hearing of ground breaking advances in the field of tissue engineering which offer tremendous potential for the future of regenerative medicine and health care. Staff at Swansea University are active in many aspects of tissue engineering.
We are actively researching many aspects of tissue engineering including the following areas:
- Characterisation and control of the stem cell niche
- Mechanical characterisation of stem cells and tissues
- Production of novel scaffolds for tissue engineering
- Electrospinning of scaffold materials
- Cartilage repair and replacement
- Bone repair and replacement
- The application of nanotechnology to regenerative medicine
- Wound healing engineering
- Reproductive Immunobiology
- Bioreactor design
As an MSc By Research Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine student, you will join one of the teams at Swansea University working in tissue engineering and use state of the art research equipment within the Centre for NanoHealth, a collaborative initiative between the College of Engineering and Swansea University Medical School.
The MSc by Research in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine typically lasts one year full-time, two to three years part-time. This is an individual research project written up in a thesis of 30,000 words.
The aim of this MSc by Research in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine is to provide you with a solid grounding within the field of tissue engineering and its application within regenerative medicine.
This will be achieved through a year of research in a relevant area of tissue engineering identified after discussion with Swansea academic staff. Working with two academic supervisors you will undertake a comprehensive literature survey which will enable the formulation of an experimental research programme.
As a student on the MSc by Research Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine course, you will be given the relevant laboratory training to undertake the research program. The research will be written up as a thesis that is examined. You will also be encouraged to present your work in the form of scientific communications such as journals and conference poster presentation.
The MSc by Research in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine will equip you with a wealth of research experience and knowledge that will benefit your future career in academia or the health care industries.
Recent MSc by Research theses supervised in the area of Tissue Engineering at Swansea University include:
- Quality assurance of human stem cell/primary cell bank
- The development of electrospinning techniques for the production of novel tissue engineering scaffolds.
- The incorporation of pulsed electromagnetic fields into wound dressings.
- The application of pulsed electromagnetic fields for improved wound healing.
- The use of nanoparticles in the control of bacterial biofilms in chronic wounds.
- The control of bacterial adhesion at surfaces relevant to regenerative medicine.
- The production of micro-porous particles for bone repair
The £22 million Centre for Nanohealth is a unique facility linking engineering and medicine, and will house a unique micro-nanofabrication clean room embedded within a biological research laboratory and with immediate access to clinical research facilities run by local NHS clinicians.
The academic staff of the Medical Engineering discipline have always had a good relationship with industrial organisations. The industrial input ranges from site visits to seminars delivered by clinical contacts.
The close proximity of Swansea University to two of the largest NHS Trusts in the UK outside of London also offers the opportunity for collaborative research.
The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 ranks Engineering at Swansea as 10th in the UK for the combined score in research quality across the Engineering disciplines.
The REF shows that 94% of research produced by our academic staff is of World-Leading (4*) or Internationally Excellent (3*) quality. This has increased from 73% in the 2008 RAE.
Research pioneered at the College of Engineering harnesses the expertise of academic staff within the department. This ground-breaking multidisciplinary research informs our world-class teaching with several of our staff leaders in their fields.
Highlights of the Engineering results according to the General Engineering Unit of Assessment:
Research Environment at Swansea ranked 2nd in the UK
Research Impact ranked 10th in the UK
Research Power (3*/4* Equivalent staff) ranked 10th in the UK
This part-time programme is organised with the support of the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS). In the fields of Transfusion, Transplantation and Tissue Banking, SNBTS has a leading international reputation and the programme is accredited by the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (IBMS), the professional body for Biomedical Scientists in the United Kingdom.
The programme has been designed to be aligned to the NHS requirements and stipulations relating to career progression for Biomedical Scientists, Clinical Scientists and other healthcare professionals working in these fields.
The programme will give you in-depth expertise and knowledge of the science, regulations and international practices in transfusion, transplantation and tissue banking, for those aiming for more senior management roles in healthcare organisations.
The programme covers the following areas:
The programme involves eight, one-week modules that combine lectures, tutorials and assessments. A variety of learning experiences and assessment tasks will stimulate interest, encourage participation and develop transferable skills. Self-directed learning between modules will require to be undertaken by students participating in this programme.
Throughout the programme, summative and formative assessment techniques will be employed.
After two years you will take three exams for the diploma qualification. If you are successful, you can carry out a research project in the third year to achieve your masters qualification.
This programme is designed to help you progress within health services in transfusion, transplantation and tissue banking fields.
The prerequisite to deliver dental implants in a correct three-dimensional position is to have sufficient volume of bone.
Moderate to severe bone defects are quite common and therefore constitute a significant challenge to the clinician.
Skilled use of regenerative materials can overcome the patients’ morbidity issues associate to the use of large autogenous grafts. This masterclass
program provides the knowledge and the core skills to allow dentists to manage sever alveolar bone defects with or without dental implants with
the use of Guide Bone Regeneration. In addition, the program provides in-depth knowledge of regenerative techniques to save periodontally severe
compromised teeth. This will enable dentists to treat more patients and provide them with cutting edge technology to treat the most challenging cases.
• Understand the principles of guided bone regeneration and guided
• Undertake expert patient diagnosis for vertical and horizontal
• Make informed choices in graft selection and treatment planning
• Apply the latest techniques to reconstruct peri-implant soft and hard
tissues around dental implants or around teeth.
• Devise effective post-operative protocols.
This Masterclass programme provides the knowledge and core skills required to manage severe vertical bone defects and treat them using
Guided Bone Regeneration. The use of such grafts can significantly reduce patient morbidity, restoring adequate bone volume to allow the
placing of implants without compromise on positioning. In addition, the Masterclass provides the knowledge to reconstruct lost periodontal
tissues around previously diseased teeth. This enables to save compromised teeth and avoid extraction.
The Masterclass is delivered in small group workshops ensuring a very high
level of individual support and guidance.
All students will benefit from access to a wealth of on-line resources, being
part of an alumni group to enable ongoing professional development and the
possibility to perform a live surgery in practice by operating on a patient who
requires severe bone regeneration in a time frame of 12 months after the masterclass.
1. The participants will learn how to fully assess the patient for a correct diagnosis and case selection following specific guidelines.
2. The participants will know when and how they can save a tooth by means of periodontal regeneration.
3. The participants will experience with their own hands the challenge of a vertical bone augmentation surgery, with particular
emphasis on the precise steps of the surgical procedures
4. The participant will be able to learn all the tips and tricks that make GBR successful and learn how to avoid surgical pitfalls.
5. The participant will become confident in treating patients with bone defects by applying the GBR technique.
6. The participant will learn how to handle the soft tissues during GBR which are crucial to achieve success.