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MRCRM seminar series - September 2022

Two young investigators, Astrid Bjørke Jenssen and Niyaz Al-Sharabi, are presenting their planned projects on making new tissues for burn patients and bone defect patients, respectively.

  1. 27. Sep 2022, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Time and place


  1. 27. Sep 2022, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Event type



MRCRM - Mohn Research Centre for Regenerative Medicine

The first presentation: 
“From the Lab at Tissue Engineering Group to Clinical Treatment of Osteonecrosis of the Jaw"


The Tissue Engineering Group (TEG) is one of four research groups in the Department of Clinical Dentistry, with the main focus on addressing the lack of tissue available for repair and regeneration. Over the past years, TEG's efforts have been supported by the daily interaction of a multidisciplinary team of basic scientists, clinicians and bioengineers working collaboratively with local and international partners.
To date, the TEG team has revealed several advantages of using stem cells and biomaterials in preclinical studies of bone regeneration. Also, they have participated in developing MSC-based therapy for several national and international clinical trials, designed to target bone regeneration in healthy patients and to support other somatic diseases. Currently, the focus at TEG is to evaluate the safety and efficacy of MSC-based therapy in treating bone defects in patients with osteonecrosis.

About the speaker:

Niyaz Al-Sharabi is a researcher and postdoctoral fellow in the Tissue Engineering Group at Department of Clinical Dentistry, University of Bergen. His areas of interest are stem cells and their secretome, including extracellular vesicles.

The second presentation: 
“Mesenchymal stem cells in the treatment of severe burns”


Major burns are life-threatening injuries that lead to high morbidity and mortality in burn patients. Treatment with mesenchymal stem cells has shown great promise in both preclinical and clinical trials, leading to faster wound healing and better results.

“Mesenchymal stem cells in the treatment of severe burns” is a collaborative project between the MRCRM, the Tissue Engineering Group at UiB, the University of Helsinki and the National Burn Unit at Helse Bergen HF to examine the possibility of implementing this treatment into clinical practice. This short talk is an introduction to the planned project including preclinical and clinical testing as well as future implications for burn patients.

About the speaker:

Astrid Bjørke Jenssen is a doctor and researcher at the Norwegian National Burn Center under the Department of Plastic, Hand and Reconstructive Surgery at Haukeland University Hospital. Her areas of interest are plastic surgery and traumatology, where wound healing, stem cells and burn patients are a perfect cross match. 

Light refreshments are served before the seminar starts.