Image: Associate Professor Jeremy Crook.
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Monday, November 24, 2014

Researchers at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) are undertaking ‘disease modelling’ to build brain tissue with living human stem cells that will help us better understand, and ultimately treat, neural diseases like schizophrenia. ACES stem cell expert Associate Professor Jeremy Crook, says the big challenge for researchers is to increase the level of control they have in fabricating the complicated tissue constructs. “In time, the tissue constructs may even be able to be used to control and restore the function of tissues or organs rendered dysfunctional by injury, disease or even normal ageing. With the opportunity and realisation that natural and synthetic biomaterials can be used to support and control cell and tissue engineering, I believe we can better model healthy and disease biology for understanding disease processes, drug development, and tissue replacement therapy.”

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