B.C. Tech Summit features 3D printed neural tissue that could fight brain diseases produced through a novel collaboration between Dr. Willerth and Aspect Biosystems

Dr. Strephanie Willerth in a lab

Aspect Biosystems installed their novel RX1 bioprinter in Dr. Willerth’s laboratory in February 2018, making the University of Victoria the second University to have such a novel system for printing functional human tissues. Dr. Willerth and her research team  from the University of Victoria presented their newest innovations in tissue engineering at 2018 the BC Tech Summit.  Her group uses the Aspect RX1 bioprinter to create living, functioning human neural tissue.  "The long-term goal is to engineer replacements for diseased or damaged tissue," says Dr. Willerth, the 2018 REACH award winner for Undergraduate Research Inspired Teaching.

Read the full article on the cbc or watch a video of the research being performed in the Willerth Lab. She also gave an interview based on one of her lab’s recent publications which can be read here:   https://www.3dprintingmedia.network/lets-get-real-what-can-we-bioprint-and-what-is-just-media-hype/

Contact: Dr. Strephanie Willerth willerth@uvic.ca