Annabel Butcher

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Cartilage Tissue Engineering

The aim of my project is to aid the progress of tissue engineering of cartilage. Current treatments for damaged cartilage do not allow full recovery due to a difference in structure from natural cartilage, and are often short term. Initially, I will be investigating the process of electrospinning as a suitable manufacturing technique for a biomimetic cartilage scaffold. Further studies will then be made in to how best to produce a biocompatible fibre reinforced hydrogel, giving a similar structure to that of natural cartilage.  Successful research in this area could improve the mobility of millions of patients living with osteoarthritis.

Annabel tweets at @annabellbutcher.

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