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Fellowship success

We are delighted to announce that TCES’ 2019 Robert Brown Awardee, Jenny Ashworth has won a University of Nottingham Anne McLaren Research Fellowship. The goal of the Robert Brown Award is to recognise promise and foster the development of the next generation of tissue and cell engineering scientists. In support of this aim all awardees are offered mentorship to help set career goals, get honest and constructive feedback and build confidence. Jenny saw the Robert Brown award as being instrumental in helping her achieve this next stage of her career. 

“I am hugely grateful to TCES for their support in helping me obtain an Anne McLaren fellowship from the University of Nottingham. In this fellowship, I will be working on biomaterial models of fibrosis, creating tissue-realistic in vitro models that can be tailored to match different disease states. By recreating the different collagen architectures found within each tissue, I plan to develop more patient-relevant environments for drug discovery. I would like to thank TCES for their support through the Robert Brown award, which was a huge help to me in demonstrating my research independence, and would also like to thank Dr Jon Dawson for his mentorship and advice through the fellowship application process.”

Technical University of Vienna PhD opportunities

Doctoral College MatureTissue – Looking for applicants

Please see the links (, for an FWF-funded Doctoral College MatureTissue, where we are currently looking for applications.

Thank you and Kind Regards,


Univ.Prof. DI Dr. Philipp J. Thurner
Professor of Biomechanics

Institute of Lightweight Design and Structural Biomechanics
TU Wien
Gumpendorfer Str. 7
A-1060 Vienna, Austria

phone: +43 (0)1 58801 31723
fax: +43 (0)1 58801 – 317 99

Face to face TCES 2022!!! – June 14th – 15th 2022. Abstracts now accepted

TCES will be holding an in-person meeting this hear at the University of Birmingham on June 14th and 15th. We hope you all can join us to present your research!

Information about the conference can be found on the dedicated site. Please note that the abstract submission deadline is 29th April.

The conference this year is being organised by the University of Birmingham and Prof Alicia El Haj is chair of the organising committee.

There will be an exciting programme of invited speakers. The CDT joint conference will be run in parallel with the TCEs this year alongside some workshops in mechano-TE and an Anglo-Irish networking session.

Do put the dates in the diary and we hope to see you in June !

Royce Biomedical Materials Showcase: Biofabrication and 3D Printing 30 Nov 21

Royce Biomedical Materials Showcase: Biofabrication and 3D Printing

Tuesday 30 November

The Royce Institute is hosting a free online event designed to support researchers to learn more about Royce national facilities in Biofabrication and 3D Printing, as well as to find out more about opportunities for access and collaboration. Further details can be found at the link below.

Sign up for this event on Eventbrite by clicking here.

IBP Network Webinar: MicroCT imaging techniques and mechanobiology of cartilage and joint

Please see information below on the upcoming IBP Network Webinar:

IBP Network Webinar: MicroCT imaging techniques and mechanobiology of cartilage and joint
Measurement of mechanobiological control directly affects our capacity to innovate functional solutions in biomedical engineering and the biosciences. Musculoskeletal joints are constantly re-modelling under day-to-day loads, and suffer from natural ageing and degeneration, injury, or breakdown, therefore an approach for elucidating global responses to specific stimulation is warranted. In this webinar, Dr Kathryn Stok will present new multiscale approaches for exploring cartilage and joint health using image-guided mechanics.

Speaker: Dr Kathryn Stok, Department of Biomedical Engineering, The University of Melbourne
When: 10:00 to 11:00 (GMT), 21:00 to 22:00 (AEDT) on 8 December 2021
Where: Zoom – Register on Eventbrite

6th TERMIS 2021 World Congress – Registration

The 6th Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (TERMIS) World Congress (WC) will be held online during the week commencing 15 – 19 November 2021. The general theme of the congress is “Biologically inspired technology driven regenerative medicine”, which is fully reflected in the 9 parallel thematic sessions. The congress program also consists of a number of special sessions, including national societies sessions, SYIS sessions, industrial sessions, clinical sessions, European Project sessions, lunch workshops, and our usual business plan competition. Further details and links through to registration for the conference can be found on the TERMIS-WC2021 website.

If you have had an abstract accepted for poster or oral presentation, the change of the congress to a digital format does not change your acceptance of your abstract and symposium in the program. If you are experiencing difficulties with the registration link on the above website, you can also register through this link.  The local organising committee encourages you to register as soon as possible to ensure you have the opportunity to present your research to the wider community.

Help us to decide which are the most important questions about musculoskeletal disorders research.

Musculoskeletal Disorders Research Advisory Group Versus Arthritis

PART 2 Research Priority Setting in Musculoskeletal Disorders 2020/2021

Ethics Approval Reference: R71769/RE003 (Medical Sciences Interdivisional Research Ethics Committee, University of Oxford)

The Musculoskeletal Disorders Research Advisory Group Versus Arthritis* is carrying out an online research prioritisation exercise. In this second part of the exercise, we’re seeking opinions on the top priorities for musculoskeletal disorders research.

We want to hear from you if you are, or care for, a person living with a musculoskeletal condition, a researcher, a healthcare professional, an industry representative, a research funder, a healthcare provider or government policy maker.

Part 1 of our research prioritisation exercise was completed between November 2020 – January 2021. From peoples’ responses to our first survey, we produced a list of research areas into musculoskeletal conditions. By deciding what are the most important areas for you will help us to identify, shape and champion the areas of research to better understand and manage musculoskeletal conditions. This is a critical part of planned work by the Musculoskeletal Disorders Research Advisory Group Versus Arthritis throughout 2020 and 2021.

The survey is now live and will remain open until 5pm on 28 September 2021 and should take no more than 40 minutes to complete. Take part here:

Please use the Twitter post below to share this with people you know who may be interested. That may include your professional networks.

Help Versus Arthritis highlight the most important research into understanding and managing musculoskeletal conditions. Take our second survey.

*The Musculoskeletal Disorders Group includes the following disorders: osteoarthritis, crystal diseases such as gout, primary and secondary causes of musculoskeletal pain including regional and widespread pain (such as back pain, shoulder pain and tendinopathy, other regional pain syndromes and fibromyalgia), hypermobility, metabolic bone disorders (such as osteoporosis and rare diseases) and musculoskeletal injuries caused by acute traumatic events.