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Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2012;2012:1397-400. doi: 10.1109/EMBC.2012.6346200.

Parallel in-vitro and in-vivo techniques for optimizing cellular microenvironments by implementing biochemical, biomechanical and electromagnetic stimulations.

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  • 1University of California, Berkeley, USA.


Development of novel engineering techniques that can promote new clinical treatments requires implementing multidisciplinary in-vitro and in-vivo approaches. In this study, we have implemented microfluidic devices and in-vivo rat model to study the mechanism of neural stem cell migration and differentiation. These studies can result in the treatment of damages to the neuronal system. In this research, we have shown that by applying appropriate ranges of biochemical and biomechanical factors as well as by exposing the cells to electromagnetic fields, it is possible to improve viability, proliferation, directional migration and differentiation of neural stem cells. The results of this study can be implemented in the design of optimized platforms that can be transplanted into the damaged areas of the neuronal system.

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