‘Bench-top brain’ work wins cover prize

December 16, 2015
Sam Findlay

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PhD student Rodrigo Lozano and ACES colleagues working under ACES Director Gordon Wallace’s ALF scheme have been named joint winners of a journal cover competition with this image that could equally adorn a contemporary art space wall.


The image shows a ‘3D depth profile showing cortical neurons within a 3D printed structure’ and will feature on the front cover of a 2016 issue of scientific journal Materials Today, which ran the competition.


A ‘bio-ink’ (biopolymer/cell suspension) was printed using a hand-held bioprinting device developed by the group, who are working towards a ‘bench-top brain’ model.


The researchers’ goal is to create a tool that could be used to study the behaviour of neuronal cells, which may assist in the understanding of brain injuries and neurodegenerative diseases.

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