Novel tissue scaffold uses ‘shape memory’ technique to promote tissue regeneration

Written by Harriet Wall

Researchers from the University of Birmingham (UK) have developed a novel 3D-printed tissue scaffold that possesses ‘shape memory’ – allowing it to conform to irregular spaces and fill soft tissue voids that may occur after trauma or surgery. Their results were recently published in the journal Nature Communications. The scaffold has shown promising tissue-healing performance, including the ability to support cell migration, the ‘ingrowth’ of tissues and blood vessel growth. What’s more, the scaffold can degrade harmlessly after promoting tissue regeneration and demonstrated excellent biocompatibility in mouse models. “The scaffolds have evenly distributed and interconnected pores that allow diffusion of...

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