3D printing pushes medical boundaries

Queensland students are set be at the forefront of using 3D printing to create human body parts, with a world-first course to be offered in Brisbane. The international masters degree in biofabrication will be jointly offered by, among others, the University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands.

Other joint universities are the Queensland University of Technology, the University of Wollongong, the University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands and the University of Würzburg in Germany.

QUT Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation biofabrication research leader Dietmar W Hutmacher said the applications of 3D technology could eventually end the need for organ donations. “That is the big, big, big vision, but to be realistic we are far away from regenerating a complete organ with this technology,” Professor Hutmacher said.

“Part of an organ? Yes, that’s possible in the next five to 10 years, but a complete heart is still far away. “…The big question mark over why it will take so much longer is we also need to control and direct the biology.” … (Read more)

Source: BrisbaneTimes.com