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Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine: Fundamentals and Applications (Tissue Engineering)

Module ED160004

This Module is offered by Chair of Medical Materials and Implants (Prof. Mela).

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Basic Information

ED160004 is a semester module in English language at Master’s level which is offered in winter semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Focus Area Bio-Sensors in M.Sc. Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics
Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
150 h 45 h 5 CP

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions

Content

Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine (TERM) is a fast-growing field that addresses some of the major healthcare challenges, which result from the human incapability to regenerate diseased or lost tissues and organs. The biofabrication of living tissues and organs can potentially solve issues such donor shortage and increasing waiting lists for organ transplantation, the lack of devices able to grow with the pediatric patients and the unavailability of therapies for yet untreated diseased. Furthermore, bioengineered human tissues and organs can serve as models for disease modeling and drug testing, with the advantage of being more predictive of the human response than the animal models, and the additional potential benefit of reducing the number of animals required for preclinical testing.
This course will provide the students with the fundamentals to understand how the convergence of different disciplines such as engineering, biology, material science and medicine can result in new therapeutical solutions and have transformative implications for the future health care.
The course ‘Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine’ will provide a general understanding of tissue growth and development as well as the tools and theoretical information necessary to design tissues and organs.
Specifically, the following topics will be covered in this module (subjected to change):
• Principles of tissue engineering
• Scaffolds: materials and characterization
• Scaffold design, biomimicry
• Biofabrication technology
• Cell source, isolation, growth, differentiation
• Bioreactor technology (from microfluidics to whole organ bioreactors)
• Mechanical loading and culture conditions
• Tissue/organ design and development
• Tissue analysis and characterization
• Current applications (e.g. cardiovascular, bone, skin, neural, muscle tissue engineering etc)
• Cell therapy
• Regulatory and ethical considerations
• Translational approaches to the clinical settings

Learning Outcome

After successful participation in the module "Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine", the students are able to
• understand the principles of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine
• evaluate the existing strategies and their specific advantages and disadvantages
• apply tissue engineering principles to the solution of medical problems requiring the regeneration of tissue
• demonstrate an understanding of the rationale to employ cells, biomaterial scaffolds, biochemical and mechanical stimulation, for the (re)generation of tissues and organs in vitro and in vivo
• demonstrate knowledge of current clinical applications for different organs/tissues
• analyze current challenges in the field of TERM
• formulate regulatory consideration

Preconditions

no info

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Learning and Teaching Methods

The module consists of a lecture, an exercise, and a tutorial. If in-person teaching is not possible, an online format will be chosen that guarantees active exchange with the lecturers and log-in data will be shared with the students at the beginning of the semester. Materials and additional information are available online to all registered students in a digital format via the Moodle eLearning platform. Questions and answers (Q&A) sessions are offered to clarify topics presented in the lectures and to further deepen aspects of interest upon students’ request. The exercise will strengthen the theoretical knowledge provided in the lectures. Students will solve and discuss problems related to the field of TERM, and learn to implement different strategies for in vitro and in vivo tissue generation. The exercises are an essential format to help the students to acquire the teaching goals of this module. In addition to the lecture and exercise, tutorials are organized to provide the students with the opportunity to ask the lecturers specific questions individually or in small groups. Tutorials will close knowledge gaps and will allow to explore individual areas of interest in greater detail.

Media

Presentations, handouts, videos, online teaching materials, case study descriptions

Literature

Will be given in the courses

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

The learning outcomes will be examined in a written examination (duration: 90 min). This test will assess the degree of understanding in the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, from scaffold design to clinical translation. Students have to demonstrate this understanding in the broader context of the overall strategic approach used to solve a clinical problem. This also includes ethical and regulatory considerations. For example, they have to demonstrate that they are able to:
1. evaluate a specific clinical problem,
2. formulate ethical and regulatory aspects, and
3. make an informed choice of the preferred strategy.
Resources for the exam: none (except writing materials)

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.

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