Bone defects that commonly happened to 10-15% of fractures remained an unresolved clinical challenge. This project will utilize additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, for the possibility to produce scaffolds intended for bone regeneration with unprecedented structural and functional designs that could not otherwise be created. The scaffold is a porous structure made with absorbable polymers, i.e. plastic. In the initial phase, it is expected that the scaffold act as a temporary tissue expander to guide tissue in-growth and bone regeneration. Over time, the scaffold would be absorbed harmlessly by the body freeing space for new tissue formation. Ultimately, the bone defect will be completely healed with no traces of scaffold.
The KT Boost Fund provided me with the starting fund to performed experiments, which contribute towards my vision for “data-driven additive design and engineering” for the personalisation of bone regeneration. This made it possible for me to further strengthen existing collaborations. Additionally, as a member of KT fellow, I am given the opportunity to engage with the wider community to broaden my horizon, personally and professionally. The potential snow-ball effect would propel me towards becoming an accomplished scientist in STEM and hopefully become an inspirational role model for generations to come.
... would travel the world! As a scientist, explorations is our nature. Venturing out of the lab to nature, experiencing the different culture and interactions with the people of various backgrounds gives me the opportunity to reflect and get inspired for the next sciency-ideas!
Name: Dr. Patrina S.P. Poh
Research field: Bone Tissue Engineering, Additive Design and Manufacturing
Institution: Julius Wolff Institute, Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin