University of Bradford: Skin Sciences and Stem Cell Biology

InstitutionUniversity of Bradford View institution profile
Department School of Chemistry and Biosciences
Web http://www.bradford.ac.uk
Email admissions-life@bradford.ac.uk
Telephone 01274 236088
Study type Taught

Summary

This research-led Master's course is designed to enable you to understand the biology behind, and applications of, a cutting edge area of the biosciences - regenerative medicine - using the skin as a main focus.

Regenerative medicine aims to treat human disease by producing replacement cells, tissues or organs. It involves a group of new technologies based on the use of stem cells. This area is currently at an early stage but is developing rapidly due to the recent ability to manipulate specialised adult stem cells to revert to a more embryonic-like stage which can produce all cell types.

The skin is a particularly useful model as it contains very active stem cells and is a relatively accessible source of human cells. The unique human regenerative capacity of the hair follicle is particularly interesting. Follicles shed their hairs during frequent growth cycles regenerating new replacements; these may resemble previous ones or differ in size and/or colour (e.g. beard hairs replacing tiny facial hairs).

Learning about stem cells and skin function in health and disease will also give you understanding of areas already important to pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries.

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University of Bradford 

 

With over 50 years of academic excellence behind us as a University, we continue to grow our postgraduate reputation, course provision, and research impact.

We have always been pioneers in developing new course subjects and modes of teaching, reflecting and anticipating the needs of employers, our students, and of society as a whole.

Pioneering new programmes through research
The 2014 REF rated 74% of our research as world-leading or internationally excellent. The University has recently been at the forefront of quality research in fields as diverse as artificial intelligence, dementia, skin care science, peace-building and archaeology, and ...

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