An engineering team at the University of Dundee has just secured funding to work with European colleagues on the construction of artificial corneas which will allow all cornea replacements to go ahead without the patient having to wait for a donor.
The Euro 2.4m project will help people who suffer from a number of diseases requiring corneal grafting including keratoconus - a thinning of the cornea. Instead of relying on donor corneas from an eye bank, the new technology invented by biochemists, tissue engineers and structural engineers will allow the European team to grow the cornea from human stem cells in a test tube.
The team of structural engineers at the University of Dundee who will be testing the mechanical properties of the new cornea - its elasticity, resistance and strength - are the only UK team to be part of the European research project into this revolutionary cornea. The other teams are based in Sweden, Turkey, Denmark and France and Italy where surgeons will be testing the new corneas.
Jenny Marra | University of Dundee
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