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CITER Soc (previously known as Postgrad@CITER) is an interdisciplinary student-led research group for all Cardiff University postgraduates and postdocs interested in Tissue Engineering, Regeneration and Rehabilitation. Whether your interest is in Law, Ethics, Biological or Social Sciences, CITER Soc needs you.

Our aim is to bring students together from across all schools, colleges and research disciplines to network and share ideas, access news and information about other Tissue Engineering/Regenerative Medicine organisations and deliver a series of talks and poster presentations with a strong Tissue Engineering, Regeneration and Rehabilitation theme.

CITER Soc: Workshop

The Science of 

Survival: Averting  

global threats to life 

on earth


Wednesday 9th December 

The Lecture Theatre, School of Optometry & Vision Sciences, Maindy Road

We look forward to welcoming our invited speakers to this half day workshop which will cover a range of topics that will discuss potential global catastrophes and how we use science and technology every day to prevent disaster.


Keynote speaker: Professor John Haycock, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Sheffield - "Medical device and cell therapy strategies for repair of traumatic nerve injuries”;

Abstract: -Peripheral nerve injuries are common and although regeneration is possible axonal damage is often too significant. Surgical intervention is therefore required in order for any functional sensation to be regained. Although the gold standard for peripheral nerve repair is autografting there are major disadvantages here, including a lack of donor nerve or donor site morbidity. The high level of cell death and lack of coherent orientation of regenerating axons without surgical intervention has lead to therapies using nerve guidance conduits (NGCs), especially for short gap injuries. In the simplest form NGCs are hollow tubes that act as a physical guide between the proximal and distal stumps, bridging the gap of the injury.  NGCs can be made from a variety of synthetic or natural materials and experimentally can incorporate cells and/or growth factors to improve guidance. This talk however will take a rational approach and consider which strategies might be more suitable and best applied to a major national or global incident where rapid repair of such injuries is needed.  It will therefore consider the suitability of the use of 3D lithography printing methods for making rapid NGCs from degradable polymers for physical guidance (i.e. as off-the-shelf products) through to designing new approaches in the use of Schwann cell therapy.  

Confirmed invited speakers:-
• Professor Eshwar Mahenthiralingham, School of Biosciences: - “Antibiotic wars; resistance versus discovery”;

• Dr Rhoda Ballinger, School of Earth and Ocean Sciences - “Rising challenges to rising seas”;

• Dr Ian Fallis, School of Chemistry - “Finding and Destroying Chemical Nasties”;

• Dr Michael Packianather, School of Engineering - “Shadow Robotic System for Domestic Environment”

A copy of the full programme will be available on the CITER website as soon as it is confirmed. The workshop presentations start at 1:30pm.


To register for lunch and this afternoon workshop then please contact the CITER Administrator, Jane Graves 



 Please visit our website for upcoming events and if you wish to become a member of CITER Soc or if you have any questions please contact Daniel Smith, Jordanna Dally or Glyn Morris .  

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