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Engineering Neural Tissue from Stem Cells - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128113851, 9780128113868

Engineering Neural Tissue from Stem Cells

1st Edition

Author: Stephanie Willerth
Paperback ISBN: 9780128113851
eBook ISBN: 9780128113868
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 8th July 2017
Page Count: 224
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Engineering Neural Tissue from Stem Cells covers the basic knowledge needed to understand the nervous system and how existing cells can be used to create neural tissue. This book presents a broad range of topics related to the design requirements for engineering neural tissue from stem cells. It begins with the anatomy and function of the central and peripheral nervous system, also covering stem cells, their relation to the nervous system and their function in recovery after injury or disease. In addition, the book explores the role of the extracellular matrix and vasculature/immune system and biomaterials, including their suitability for neural tissue engineering applications.

Key Features

  • Provides readers entering the field with a strong basis of neural tissue engineering processes and real-world applications
  • Discusses the most current clinical trials and their importance of treating nervous system disorders
  • Reviews the structure and immune response of the nervous system, including the brain, spinal cord and their present cells
  • Offers a necessary overview of the natural and synthetic biomaterials used to engineer neural tissue


Research engineers, clinicians, and graduates entering the field of neural tissue engineering, biomaterials scientists, biomedical engineers

Table of Contents

1. The need for engineering neural tissue using stem cells
2. Overview of the nervous system
3. Stem cells and their applications in repairing the damaged nervous system
4. Design considerations when engineering neural tissue from stem cells
5. Natural biomaterials for engineering neural tissue from stem cells
6. Synthetic biomaterials for engineering neural tissue from stem cells
7. Drug delivery systems for engineering neural tissue
8. New technologies for engineering neural tissue from stem cells


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About the Author

Stephanie Willerth

Dr. Stephanie Willerth currently holds a Canada Research Chair in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Victoria where she is dually appointed in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Division of Medical Sciences. Her interdisciplinary research group investigates how to engineer neural tissue by combining pluripotent stem cells, controlled drug delivery and biomaterial scaffolds. In 2014, she was named a ‘‘Star in Global Health’’ by Grand Challenges Canada and in 2015, she was named a Young Innovator in Cellular and Molecular Biology. She is an active member in the International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries (ICORD), a B.C. based organizations committed to finding long term treatment for the repair of spinal cord injuries. Before accepting her faculty position, Dr. Willerth completed a National Institutes of Health sponsored post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California-Berkeley and graduate studies at Washington University. She received undergraduate degrees in Biology and Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Canada Research Chair in Biomedical Engineering, University of Victoria

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