Team Members

 

We are the multidisciplinary team of young scientists. Our strength are enthusiasm, perseverance and  ingenuity. We deal with experimental study for regeneration medicine. Our cooperation with other institutes and institutions is necessary to meet all requirements of the project Ligamed as well as in self-development. NCR&D thank you for your trust!

Dorota Kołbuk- Konieczny, Ph.D.

 Assistant Professor in the Laboratory of Polymers & Biomaterials, Institute of Fundamental Technological Research PAS

 Motivation

Statistics in trends and size of the market of medical devices for orthopedic are warning. Globally aging society, lifestyle, civilization diseases - diabetes / obesity, motor vehicle accidents cause orthopedic injuries. In addition, physicians indicate that the solutions available in orthopedics are insufficient. For example, knee ligament reconstructions often lead to complications, damage of surrounding tissues and repeated operations. It is necessary to conduct works on effective medical devices for social, economic and scientific reasons.

 

It is also a change to be a leader of the project group or just good manager.

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Urszula Skalska, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor in National Institute of Geriatrics, Rheumatology and Rehabilitation, Department of Pathophysiology and Immunology

Motivation

As a biologist specialized in immunology and experimental rheumatology I am focused on immunomodulatory and regenerative properties of mesenchymal stem cells. Although my background is basic research, I am very keen on expanding my activity into the field of applied sciences, namely tissue engineering. Participation in Ligamed project gives me opportunity to apply my skills in mesenchymal stem cells culture and differentiation to validate the biocompatibility of new nanomaterials intended for anterior cruciate ligament regeneration. I find it exciting that I can contribute to the project aiming for resolving important medical problem!  

 

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Olga Urbanek-Świderska, M,Sc.

Specialist in the Laboratory of Polymers & Biomaterials, Institute of Fundamental Technological Research PAS

 Motivation

 To this time, during my research work I have had a great opprtunity to learn how to design and characterize materials for biomedical use. Now I feel that it is the best moment to start learning to transfer research ideas into real biomedical product, which can help people. I believe that participation in this project will help me to answer on various questions related with biomedical products and regulations for bimedical devices, technology transfer and practical needs in this area.  Morover, I am sure that participation in Ligamed will fulfill and spread my knowladge in the area of biomaterials.


Monika Auguścik, Ph.D.

PhD Student in Warsaw University of Technology, Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Motivation

Subject of the project is part of my research interests regarding implants, cell substrates, materials for medicine and biodegradable materials. Motivation to participate in the project was the possibility to carry out interesting tests that simulate the work environment of a biodegradable cell substrate for the regeneration of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).

 

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Piotr Denis, M.Sc.

Specialist in the Laboratory of Polymers & Biomaterials, Institute of Fundamental Technological Research PAS

Motivation

Main motivation for this project was a challenge – is it possible to offer material that can bring something new to ACL injuries treatment? With significant fundamental knowledge, materials processing experience, that challenge seemed to be more possible than not. Chance for utilization of some degree of fundamental knowledge sounded also like a promise for big leap forward. Goal is demanding and complicated in its essence, but with access to interdisciplinary educated people, cooperation and splitting main objective into smaller tasks everything seems to be feasible.

 

Read more: Piotr Denis, M.Sc.