The growing clinical need for synthetics that specifically enhance the repair of large bone defects and aged bone matched by the escalating demand for grafts, is driven largely by an ageing population whose natural regenerative responses are impaired. This presentation will describe our strategies in 1) developing a platform of patented engineered nanostructured, 3D-printed biomaterials for cell-free personalised treatment to promoting bone healing in load bearing challenging situations. 2) our approach to replace direct stem cell transplantation for bone repair and regeneration. 3) Our anti-senescence biomaterial approach for enhanced regeneration of aged bone. Our technologies open avenues for skeletal tissue regeneration in various clinical applications.
Hala Zreiqat, is a Professor of biomedical engineering at The University of Sydney and Director of the ARC Training Centre for Innovative BioEngineering. Hala was recognised as a Member of the Order of Australia, 2021-2022 Fulbright Senior Scholar, the 2018 NSW Premier’s Woman of the Year, the King Abdullah II Order of Distinction, Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University, Eureka Prize winner for Innovative Use of Technology and University of Sydney Payne-Scott Professorial Distinction. She is a Fellow of Australian Academy of Sciences; the Australian Academy of Technology & Engineering, Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences, the International Orthopaedic Research Society and the Royal Society of New South Wales, making her a fellow of all distinguished learning academies in Australia. She is the past president of the Australian & New Zealand Orthopaedic Research Society.