Regenerative medicine is a method to generate living, functional tissue to replace or repair tissues and organs, which no longer function due to age, disease, damage, or congenital defects. It comprises the isolation of autologous cells, cultivation and proliferation of these cells and finally generation of 3D cell-structures resembling functional tissue or organs.
With the introduction of nanotechnology, regenerative medicine made immense advances in the past few years. Since these new technologies are able to create materials, which improve biological and mechanical properties by using not only scaffolds with nanofibers or nanographic modification, but also nanoparticles in particular, this offers interesting aspects for regenerative medicine. By modifying their size, shape and surface chemistry, nanoparticles can be customized for different applications. Therefore, improvements in the synthesis of nanoparticles lead to the development of multifunctional nanoparticles, which can not only be used for drug delivery or imaging, but also for regenerative medicine.
Forschungsstiftung Medizin at the Universitätsklinikum Erlangen
IBAN: DE 69 76350000 0000062000
Nanomedizin Prof. Alexiou