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Tissue Engineering Resource Center (TERC)

The P41 Tissue Engineering Resource Center was initiated in August of 2004 with funding provided by the NIH (supported through the NIBIB). The core themes in the Center continue to focus on functional tissue engineering achieved through the integration of the key elements in the field, via a systems approach; cells, scaffolds and bioreactors to control the environment. The Center is run at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts and is directed by Professor David Kaplan. The Center also includes a partner institution, Columbia University in New York City, where the Associate Director for TERC, Professor Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, runs additional aspects of the Center. There are two main cores in TERC, a biomaterials core at Tufts University and a bioreactor core at Columbia University. Stem cells and related cell biology needs are integrated into these two core efforts to optimize functional tissue outcomes.

Initiative for Neural Science, Disease & Engineering (INSciDE @ Tufts)

The Initiative for Neural Science, Disease & Engineering (INSciDE@Tufts) is a new interdisciplinary center with multi-scale focus on brain and peripheral nervous system structure, function, and disease. Launched in the fall of 2017 from the new Science & Engineering Complex (SEC) on the campus of Tufts University, the goal of the initiative is to elucidate the molecular pathways and cellular and neural circuit defects that cause neurodegenerative and psychiatric disorders. Led by the team of David Kaplan, PhD (Director, INSciDE; Professor & Chair, BME), Michael Lovett, PhD (Deputy Director, INSciDE), and Thomas Nieland, PhD (Research Associate Professor, BME & INSciDE), the focus of INSciDE is to integrate bioengineering, stem cell biology, and regenerative medicine with technological innovation and therapeutic approaches to unravel the mechanisms of cognition and to uncover cures for neurological diseases, including Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease, and Autism Spectrum Disorder.