Miss Xiaodie CHEN, a final-year PhD student supervised by Professor Min Wang in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has won the Best Poster Presentation Award (SYIS) at the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society Asia-Pacific Chapter Conference 2023 (2023 TERMIS-AP) which was held on October 16-19, 2023 in Hong Kong’s Science Park. TERMIS-AP conferences are among the most influential academic conferences in the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine in the Asia-Pacific region. 2023 TERMIS-AP was organized by The Chinese University of Hong Kong and close to 1,000 renowned professors, academicians and industry experts from around the world gathered at 2023 TERMIS-AP to exchange scientific knowledge, discuss the latest research, and explore advancements in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.
Miss Chen’s presentation in this conference is entitled “4D Printing of Hydro-thermal Responsive Tissue Engineering Scaffolds and Their Properties”, which is based on her PhD work conducted at HKU. The reported research investigated new printing inks, whose printed structures could respond to dual stimuli for shape morphing in clinical applications, for 4D/5D printing in tissue engineering. The new inks showed good printability, and biological studies using human umbilical vein endothelial cells revealed excellent biocompatibility of printed porous scaffolds. Upon a temperature rise to 37°C and immersion in water, printed scaffolds could quickly transform from the flat state to tubular structures. These 4D printed hydro-thermal responsive tissue engineering scaffolds may find applications for tubular tissues such as the vasculature and gastrointestinal tract.