Birmingham to train future innovation leaders in regenerative medicine


The University of Birmingham is involved in a new collaborative Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) as part of a £6.5 million UK-Ireland joint initiative to train future innovation leaders.

The lifeTIME CDT is a partnership between the University of Birmingham, Aston University, University of Glasgow and CÚRAM – Science Foundation Ireland

Birmingham will work in collaboration to establish lifETIME: an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Centre for Doctoral Training in Engineered Tissues for Discovery, Industry and Medicine. 

lifETIME will train future Engineering and Physical Science innovation leaders for the non-animal technology and regenerative medicine sectors. Those trained will possess multidisciplinary, high-value skills in the design, creation and application of new non-animal technology platforms to accelerate therapeutic discovery.

The lifETIME Centres for Doctoral Training will train 84 engineering and physical science scientists, clinical fellows and cell engineers across three world-leading centres that specialise in: fundamental bioengineering (Glasgow); microscale bioprocess translation/application (Birmingham and Aston); and medical devices (CÚRAM).

Globally, a strong industrial and clinical need exists to create humanised, non-animal technologies, which are bioengineered, cellular, scaffolds/on-chip systems that can be used in therapeutic discovery, safety testing, functional validation and in some cases in the production of cellular therapies.
To meet this need, there is an urgent need to train Engineering and Physical Science students to communicate effectively with, and work alongside, biomedical scientists, and vice versa, and such training will also drive innovation and contribute to the UK and Irish bioeconomy.
Professor Liam Grover, Director of the Healthcare Technologies Institute (HTI) at the University of Birmingham, said:

‘’We are really excited about this programme. So many technologies fail to make it to the market because the models they are tested in are not physiologically appropriate to the human patient. Through this centre, we have the potential to make a huge difference to a growing sector and train the next generation of multidisciplinary scientists."
- The Healthcare Technologies Institute (HTI) is changing the landscape of healthcare. HTI are striving to advance new technologies and treatments that encourage better tissue healing and rehabilitation tools. It brings together leading experts from a variety of disciplines across the University of Birmingham, including chemical engineering, biomedical science, computer science, applied mathematics, chemistry and physics. Researchers across campus are working collaboratively to speed up the translation of new discoveries into health applications.