Conducting polymers and an electrospun polymer device for orthopaedic tissue repair
About Prof. Sarah Cartmell
Sarah’s interdisciplinary research area focuses on creating a paradigm shift in healthcare treatments. Her research is in the area of orthopaedic tissue engineering, wound care treatments and more recently, translating the 3D tissue growth techniques to cancer research for early biomarker detection. Her research involves developing biomaterials and stimuli such as mechanical or electrical stimulation regimes to grow bone, cartilage, tendon and ligament tissue in the laboratory with the aim of potentially implanting these tissues into a patient. In order to assess the quality of the tissues, she also develops X-ray imaging techniques for dynamic soft tissues or live cell imaging. In her keynote presentation she will present the role of polymer scaffolds to further progress her applied research. She is currently Head of the Department of Materials which is home to nearly 2,000 students and staff. She is a member of the School of Natural Science’s senior management team. In addition to her Head role she is also the UK Biomedical Materials champion for The Royce Institute of a £235million UK government investment for advanced materials. In this activity she has created an interaction of a 200 strong stakeholder working group of UK academics and industry. She has prepared and led community day and strategic working group meetings. In this role she has led the creation of UK landscape activity in the biomedical materials area and has liaised with many UK and international academics and industry. Sarah was also the Faculty of Science and Engineering lead for the University of Manchester’s ‘Advanced Materials in Medicine @ Manchester’ activity 2018-19.