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EPSRC funded EngD: 3D Printing of Complex Dressings for the Regeneration of Diabetic Foot Ulcers

University of Birmingham - School of Chemical Engineering

Qualification Type: Professional Doctorate
Location: Birmingham
Funding for: UK Students
Funding amount: See advert text
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 8th August 2022
Closes: 7th October 2022

Diabetic Foot Ulcers (DFU) are open chronic wounds on the feet of diabetes patients that can lead to amputation if not managed correctly. DFU are a major burden to each patient and to the healthcare system as Ulcer healing times can range from one month to years and demand intensive wound care efforts. DFUs are subclassified into three categories: ischemic, neuropathic, and neuroischemic (most prevalent). In the case of neuropathic etiology, Ulcers are caused by lack of sensation in the foot leading to pressure points and abrasions which develop into open wounds. To address the high medical need in these patients, the treatment goal is a) to accelerate wound healing, b) to prevent recurrence, to c) avoid amputation ultimately. The team at UoB have developed a method to produce trilayered cell containing skin with a close resemblance to human tissues. In this project we will work closely to further develop this technology so that it is able to restore complex wounds, have the colour of non-pathological tissue, and ultimately seamlessly regenerate these often life changing wounds.

Richard Greenwood

Email: cdt-formulation@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Telephone: +441214140000

Funding Information

Tax free bursary of £21,400 p.a. plus fees paid

At this time we can only accept UK or Home based students.

For informal enquiries please contact cdt-formulation@contacts.bham.ac.uk, together with a CV. For details on the Engineering Doctorate scheme visit the homepage. Deadline October 7th.

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