3D printing of brain tumour cells
- Official title: 3D printing multi-lineage glioma constructs to investigate tumour biology and drug responses
- Lead researcher: Dr Nicholas Leslie
- Where: Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh
- When: October 2016 - November 2017
- Cost: £66,923
- Research type: Adult, Glioblastoma (High Grade), Academic
Up until now, researchers have struggled to get a true view of how brain tumour cells behave because of the difficulties in recreating the human brain environment in the lab. Dr Leslie has, for the first time, found an innovative way of using 3D printing to print and mix glioblastoma stem cells with other cell types common within brain tumours.
Dr Leslie's work will now create a more realistic model for testing treatments, meaning they can get to patients faster.
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