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Australian Research Capacity - Audit

ARNTE members are located in all mainland Australian States (See Figure 1). For more detailed information on their research capabilities, search our database

Through links with the ARC Network for Expatriate Australian Researchers (NEAR), Australians in other countries will also have access to ARNTE resources, improving the opportunities for Australians to return and continue their world-class research in tissue engineering. Similarly, these relationships will enhance the access of Australian participants to international research efforts.

ARNTE participants work in a wide range of organisations, including universities, research institutions, hospitals and companies. Mirroring the multi-disciplinary nature of Tissue Engineering, ARNTE participants are active in a diverse range of research areas:

Area of Research Expertise Proportion of ARNTE Participants (%)
Physico-chemical characterisation of material and surfaces 53
Cell biology – isolation, differentiation, physiology, function, integration, histology and culture techniques 50
Biomaterial design, formulation and construction 42
Protein chemistry 42
Cell-material and surface interactions 19
Animal Models 17
Molecular biology 14
Research Commercialisation and Intellectual Property 14
Transplantation immunology 6


Participants’ research interests reflect the scope and future directions of the ARNTE.

  • ARNTE will provide a mechanism to initiate, develop and support new collaborative partnerships and exchanges between basic and applied researchers within the network
  • ARNTE will assist researchers with technical expertise and acumen to exchange information and share resources.

The ARNTE Audit of participants demonstrates that the majority of participants have experience in projects that span traditional discipline boundaries:

Area of Current Research Proportion of ARNTE Participants (%)
Novel biomaterial scaffolds 53
Surface modification to biomaterial scaffolds 50
Biology of biomaterial scaffold - cell interactions 47
Stem cell biology 39
Protein chemistry of biomaterial scaffolds 33
Physical chemistry of biomaterial scaffolds 28
Extracellular matrix growth factor complexes 22
Drug delivery 19
Musculoskeletal tissue engineering 14
Ocular Biology 10
Vascular tissue engineering 8


Most anatomical systems are currently being researched to improve clinical treatment options for a broad range of human pathologies. Improvements in surgical intervention and pharmacological therapeutics will produce improved clinical outcomes, productivity gains, reduced ancillary medical expenses, increased export revenue and wide-scale improvements in deliverable expectations and quality-of-life for all Australians: In this way, ARNTE research outcomes will deliver significant benefits to the Australian population and to the Australian economy.

Potential Outcomes of Current Research Activities Proportion of ARNTE Participants (%)
Musculoskeletal repair 36
Biomaterial design and manufacture 36
Ex vivo expansion of stem cells 33
Wound healing 28
Cardiovascular repair 19
Drug delivery 19
Reconstructive surgery 19
Protein chemistry 17
Skin substitutes 17
Nerve regeneration 8
Vision repair 8
  • Participants in ARNTE have extensive international research collaborations. International collaborations maintain Australian research efforts in Tissue Engineering at the forefront of international research and facilitate the exchange of research data, techniques, technology and personnel.
  • ARNTE will allow the combination the international research collaborations of individual participants for the benefit of the entire network. It is anticipated that this will function as a conduit to facilitate the development of an extensive and strong international network of global research in regenerative medicine and tissue engineering.