Research Activities:

Science and Technology
The core research strengths of the participants of the Network will focus on three tissue engineering research priorities:

  • Scaffolds design and manufacture
  • The creation of smart surfaces
  • Cell interactions

Network Participants possess considerable expertise in each of these three areas. ARNTE will build on existing research projects, and provide a platform for effective communication and teamwork to create the necessary conditions to realise synergies for the Australian tissue engineering community:

Research Strengths + Communication + Teamwork = Synergy and World-class Outcomes.

A key reason for the existence for ARNTE is to foster conditions in which existing and future core research strengths will be applied to common goals, starting with these priorities.

Benefits will also arise from synergies at the interfaces of these areas; that is where there is a worldwide shortage of research effort. It is the willingness of ARNTE participants to combine in multi-disciplinary tissue engineering research that will distinguish us and lead to greater outputs than can be achieved in the current, fragmented system.

The Network will focus on the challenges that exist at the interface.

  • scaffolds with smart surfaces
  • cell-surface interactions
  • cell-scaffold interactions


Social Studies, Ethics and Law
The Network is also aware of, and sensitive to, the broader social, ethical and economic implications of advances in TE. It will support research activities directed at engaging with the Australian community and examining the ethical, regulatory and socioeconomic aspects of TE, building on existing research strengths in these areas. In this context, the interfaces between TE science and the patient/clinic, and between TE science and the community (the ultimate interface) will receive particular attention.