Biomaterials for Brain Tissue Engineering
Jerani TS Pettikiriarachchi, Clare L Parish, Molly S Shoichet, John S Forsythe, David R Nisbet
AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF CHEMISTRY | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2010
Neurological disorders such as traumatic brain injuries or stroke result in neuronal loss and disruption of the brain parenchyma. Current treatment strategies are limited in that they can only mitigate the degeneration process or alleviate the symptoms but do not reverse the condition. In contrast, regenerative cell-based therapies offer long-term hope for many patients. Bioactive scaffolds are likely to reinforce the success of cell replacement therapies by providing a microenvironment that facilitates the survival, proliferation, differentiation, and connectivity of transplanted and/or endogenous cells. This Review outlines various biomaterials (including hydrogels, self-assembling peptide..View full abstract
Awarded by Australian Research Council
The authors are grateful for an Australian Postgraduate Award (to J.T.S.P.) and for the funding provided by the Australian Research Council (DP0985433) (to D.R.N. and J.S.F.), Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship (to D.R.N.), and National Health and Medical Research Council career development award (to C. L. P.).