• Professor Neil Cameron who has just joined the Monash Warwick Alliance. Photo credit: Monash UniversityProfessor Neil Cameron who has just joined the Monash Warwick Alliance. Photo credit: Monash University

Monash and Warwick Alliance to research polymer biomaterials

The Monash Warwick Alliance have announced that they have appointed Professor Neil Cameron, to work on new research that brings together materials science and engineering with biomedical science to further investigate tissue engineering, regenerative medicine and nanomedicine.

Professor Cameron held postdoctoral positions in Eindhoven and Herriot Watt University in Edinburgh, before working for the last 17 years at Durham University.  Joining the Monash Warwick Alliance as Professor of Polymer Materials in September 2014, Professor Cameron said that when he looked at the two universities and the work taking place he could see the opportunities and parallels with his own work.

Initial projects will include Monash-based research into creating materials to grow tendon and ligament tissue, and nanomedicine research focusing on ways to efficiently and effectively deliver drugs into the body via nanoparticles. Both projects are in their infancy but have wide reaching implications.

"There's a clear need for tissue engineering approaches to generating tendons and ligaments as currently ligament grafting is achieved by either an artificial ligament or by taking a ligament from somewhere else in the body and repurposing it," Professor Cameron said.

"With the nanomedicine research we have the potential to target specific areas of the body, so less drugs could be used more effectively, minimising side effects for patients, particularly in the case of cancer treatment."

Formed in early 2012, the Monash Warwick Alliance represents an innovation in higher education and research and aims to accelerate the exchange of people, ideas and information between Monash and Warwick Universities.

You can read more about the alliance between Monash and Warwick Universities here.  If you are interested in applying to study at Monash University at undergraduate, postgraduate or PhD level, contact Study Options.

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