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Boost for new medical system

Update: January, 11/2012 - 10:18

HCM CITY— The fourth International Conference on the Development of Biomedical Engineering will help Viet Nam identify ways to give regenerative medicine a fillip in the country, a professor said.

At the five-day ‘mega-conference' (January 8-12) held by HCM City International University, former professor of biomedical engineering at America's Tufts University, Vo Van Toi, told Viet Nam News that regenerative medicine had gained popularity in several countries.

"Regenerative medicine is a new way of treating injuries and diseases that uses specially-grown tissues and cells including stem cells, laboratory-made compounds and artificial organs," Toi said.

It is a very important field with many applications in the medical sector, but in Viet Nam, it has not yet developed and is seeking ways to do so, according to Toi.

Regenerative medicine brings together experts in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, genetics, medicine, robotics and other fields to find solutions to some of the most challenging medical problems faced by mankind.

Viet Nam had many experts in these fields, he said, adding that they could help develop regenerative medicine in the country.

The demand for regenerative medicine in the country would be high because there are many people who were wounded grievously in the long wars that the nation has had to fight for its independence. Many people suffered serious facial injuries that the new branch of medicine could treat, Toi said.

He said the mega-conference would therefore particularly focus on "building a face using a regenerative medicine approach," so that Vietnamese scientists understand its possibilities better.

The conference would study many papers including bioactive biodegradable skin tissue engineering scaffolds; and building the stem cell microenvironment in vitro using mixed macromolecular crowding. — VNS

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