Tissue Science and Regenerative MedicineAuthor(s): Warren Parks
Scaffolds are one of the three most important essentials that comprise the fundamental concept of Regenerative Medicine, and they are included in the core technology of Regenerative Medicine. Thousands of surgical procedures are performed every day to replace or repair tissue that has been damaged by disease or trauma. Tissue Engineering (TE) is a growing field that aims to regenerate damaged tissues by combining cells from the body with highly porous scaffold biomaterials that act as tissue regeneration templates to guide the growth of new tissue. Scaffolds play an important role in tissue regeneration because their designs, fabrication, 3D models, surface ligands and molecular architecture, nanoparticle-cell interactions, and porous nature have been used in the field in attempts to regenerate various tissues and organs within the body.