Sustainable and Guilt-Free Meat – How to Have Your Burger and Eat it

By LifETIME CDT Student: Adam Efrat (University of Birmingham) It is now undeniable that mass livestock farming is actively killing our planet. Livestock farming already accounts for more pollution than all forms of transport combined and with global appetites for meat growing, it is only going to get worse. The environmental impact of livestock farming is

Stretching the possibilities: development of a resilin-based hydrogel for tissue engineering.

By LifETIME CDT Student: Cameron McAnespie (University of Glasgow) Biomaterials have been extensively employed in drug discovery and regenerative medicine to better mimic the three-dimensional nature of the extracellular matrix (ECM). Hydrogels are an optimal choice because they form a mesh-like structure that biomolecules can be trapped in, creating an environment favourable to cell growth (shown

From Clinic to Bedside: The Importance of Point-of-Care Testing

By LifETIME CDT Student: Bianca Castelli (NUI Galway) Suffering from a neurodegenerative condition is already strenuous. On top of dealing with the hardship of a disease, countless visits to several clinicians can make things even worse. For many people living with these conditions, getting out of the house and into a clinic is not an easy

Making Marrow Models for Stem Cell Maintenance

By LifETIME CDT Student: Conor Robinson (University of Glasgow) The population of Haematopoietic Stem Cells (HSCs) present at birth will be responsible for repopulating the body with all blood and immune cells until death. If someone is dealt a bad hand and their HSCs are damaged or mutate, this can result in many blood disorders like

Viscoelastic 3D Hydrogels: How and why are they better

By LifETIME CDT Student: Theodora Rogkoti (University of Glasgow) The bone marrow is a specialised environment containing a complex set of cellular, biochemical, and physical signals that all work together to form the so-called “bone marrow niche”.  These niche-specific cues regulate the localisation, function, and movement of Hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs), the cells responsible for developing

Your vision, our mission: An eye model for therapeutic development

By LifETIME CDT Student: Santino Chander (Aston University) The eye is our window to the world. It is a vital organ that allows us to see our surroundings and loved ones. However, like all biological tissue, it can become compromised – such as through infection or a disorder such as dry eye disease. Often these compromises

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