15 Jul 2010

Bio-Engineering and Bone Cell Boot Camp

From Our Changing World, 9:21 pm on 15 July 2010

Casey Jowers and the Cell Gym

Casey Jowers at his desk at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute and the "cell gym" (images: J. Gregory)

Bioengineering is a fast developing field of research and is quickly becoming big business all around the world. Naturally enough, New Zealand wants its slice of the pie. But at the Auckland Bioengineering Institute at the University of Auckland, the research being done isn't all about the bucks. It's mostly about good health outcomes.

Iain Anderson is principal investigator at the Institute and is part of a group working up innovative engineering solutions to tricky biomedical questions. He talks to Justin Gregory about the goals of bioengineering, the direction of their research, and how the work they're doing could have big implications for the future of health care. Casey Jowers, a PhD student at the Institute, also talks about his research putting bone cells through Boot Camp to try and build stronger skeletons and better treatments for bone disease.