ECM Faculty Focus
The Faculty is delighted to offer our congratulations to Dr Peter Pivonka, who together with his colleagues from the University of Sydney - Dr H. Zreiqa, Dr C. Wu and Professor K Johnson - have received ARC Linkage Project funding of AU $503 500 over four years for the project "Scaffolds for bone tissue regeneration and use in orthopaedic applications".
The project will be carried out in collaboration with Vesobu Pty Ltd.
Damaged joints do not repair spontaneously, often leading to arthritis. Bone defects resulting from congenital defects or disease processes are challenging to regenerate and represent a major financial burden to our health system. Bone graft treatments are widely used but have considerable drawbacks. This created a need for scaffolds to provide temporary support for new bone. However they lack the combined physical/biological properties necessary for bone repair. We developed new scaffolds with improved mechanical/biological properties to mimic bone which will lead to new treatments for bone damage.