Human Spare Parts research program
The Human Spare Parts research program combines top-level expertise in biomaterials, sensor technology, biomedical engineering and stem cells to develop technologies and solutions that will lead to new therapies and drugs in the future
The program will produce solutions, which in the future may be utilized for example in creating new bone tissue in cases of bone damage, or nerve tissue in cases of spinal injury. Developed technologies will also enable the research of, for example, the cardiac side effects of medications and the development of new ophthalmological medications.
In the Human Spare Parts program, stem cells are used to build spare parts to replace damaged and degenerated body parts. The aim of the project is to find better and more cost-effective ways to build spare parts for people from stem cells.
1.7.2011 – 31.12.2018.
Research areas and goals
Biological and clinical goals of the program
- Tailored bone and soft tissue transplants utilizing adipose stem cells and biomaterial
- Corneal and Retinal transplants based on biomaterial cell combinations
- In-vitro models for neural tissue regeneration
- Neural graft development
- Cardiac cells and tissue models for studying patient-specific and genetic heart diseases and for development and safety assessment
- Biomimetic cell culture environments with mechanical, electrical and chemical stimulation
- Sensor and measurement solutions cell culturing
- Imaging and image processing for tailoring, evaluation and validation of tissue engineered products
- Hydrogel scaffolds for soft tissue applications
- Biodegradable personalized 2D and 3D textile structures
At Human Spare Parts, we are active speakers in conferences and write dozens of research articles and conference papers every year. During 2014, we published 40 peer-reviewed research articles.
Please visit our material bank, if you would like to read more detailed information on our research themes. The material bank includes scientific articles, news, web articles and also writings from national newspapers.
- Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Group: Prof Minna Kellomäki ELT/TUT
- Sensor Technology and Biomeasurements Group: Prof. Jukka Lekkala ASE/TUT
- Micro- and Nanosystems Group: Prof. Pasi Kallio ASE/TUT
- Computational Biophysics and Imaging Group (CBIG): Prof. Jari Hyttinen ELT/TUT
- Adult Stem Cell Group: Docent Susanna Miettinen BMT/UTA
- Neuro Group: Docent Susanna Narkilahti BMT/UTA
- Eye Group: Associate Professor, Academy of Finland Research Fellow Heli Skottman BMT/UTA
- Heart Group: Professor Katriina Aalto-Setälä BMT/UTA
The program runs with a yearly budget of 8–10 M€. The funding originates from the EU and national agencies, such as the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (TEKES), Academy of Finland and the Council of Tampere Region.
Contact details for further information
Program Manager Juho Väisänen firstname.lastname@example.org +358 40 1909834