Hala Zreiqat, PhD
Professor of Biomedical Engineering Radcliffe Fellow, 2016-2017, NH&MRC Senior Research Fellow Head, Tissue Engineering & Biomaterials Research Unit School of AMME/Faculty of Engineering and IT and Bosch Institute, THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
Title: Strategies for bone and tendon regeneration
Abstract: The repair and regeneration of large musculoskeletal defects has remained a major clinical challenge for orthopaedic surgeons. This presentation will describe 1) our strategies in using our three dimensional (3D) printed nanocomposite biomaterials platform and/or biologics to develop cell-free therapeutics to promoting 1) bone healing in load bearing challenging situations. 2) Our engineering solution to develop synthetic tendon and ligament prostheses, based on fibre-reinforced hydrogels (FRH) that mimic the hierarchical structure of the native human tendon. In addition, the presentation will also describe our recently developed nanoparticle platform which has potential for use in targeted cell transfection and gene therapies. Our technologies open avenues for skeletal and soft tissue regeneration in various clinical applications.
Biosketch: Hala Zreiqat is Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Sydney; a National Health and Medical Research Senior Research Fellow and a Radcliffe Harvard Fellow 2016-2017. Her lab works on the development of novel engineered materials for orthopaedics, dental and maxillofacial applications. Her pioneering development of innovative biomaterials has led to one awarded (US) and 6 provisional patents, 5 as a lead inventor. She is the Founder and Chair of the Alliance for Design and Application in Tissue Engineering; member of the National Health and Medical Research Senior Research grant review panel and the Australian Research Council Expert College.