Bioengineered vascularised cardiac patches

Years funded:
2018 - 2022

These patches can perform a range of functions that are done by a ‘real’ organ, but their use is currently limited by the lack of a vascular (blood) supply. 

In the human body, cell survival across very thick layers of tissue is maintained via an extensive network of blood vessels, which deliver oxygen and nutrients to every cell in the body and take away harmful waste products, but this is yet to be effectively replicated in the laboratory.

In this project, Dr Jelena Rnjak-Kovacina, a biomedical engineer at UNSW is collaborating with an interventional cardiologist and a stem cell expert A/Prof James Chong at Westmead Institute for Medical Research to develop the next generation of cardiac patches. They will develop novel biomaterials that support vascular regeneration and therefore extend the utility of cardiac patches for the treatment of heart damage following myocardial infarction.

Researcher Profile

Dr Jelena Rnjak Kovacina

Institute: University of New South Wales
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