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Professor Giorgio Terenghi - research

Research interests

Surgical treatment of peripheral nerve injury results in poor functional recovery for the patient, leading to significant long-term disability. The main aim of my research is the development of an artificial nerve which would improve the regeneration results, using biopolymer conduits, enzymatically degradable hydrogel matrix and genetically engineered cultured cells. We aim to produce a clinically applicable bioengineered nerve construct through the optimisation of its single components.


  • Biomaterial for Nerve Conduits
  • Thermo-Gelling Matrices
  • Pharmacological Neuroprotection
  • Schwann Cells and Stem Cells
  • Neurotrophic Factors
  • Muscle Atrophy and Reinnervation

Collaborators and affiliated staff

Professor Mikael Wiberg, Dept. Surgical & Perioperative Science, University of Umeå, Sweden

Professor Martin Birchall, University College London, UK

Dr Valerio Magnaghi, Institute of Endocrinology, Universita' degli Studi, MIlan, Italy

Dr Annamaria Tonazzi, National Research Council (CNR), University of Bari, Italy

Dr Daniel Kalbermatten, Chirurgie Plastique, CHUV, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

Miss Vivien Lees, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester

Prof. Stefano Geuna, Clinical & Biological Sciences, Universita' degli Studi, Torino, Italy