World’s first: microrobots delivering cells to precise locations in the body

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In a world’s first, a team of researchers at City University of Hong Kong (CityU) has developed a magnetic 3D-printed microscopic robot that can carry cells to precise locations in live animals. The invention could revolutionise cell-based therapy, regenerative medicine and more precise treatment for diseases such as cancer. It was published in the latest issue of journal Science Robotics. 

Led by BME, researchers in this project include Professor Sun Dong; co-first authors Dr Li Junyang and Dr Li Xiaojian; PhD students Mr Luo Tao and Mr Li DongfangDr Wang RanDr Liu ChichiDr Chen Shuxun (all of them are CityU PhD graduates); together with Professor Cheng Shuk Han, Associate Dean (Learning & Teaching), College of Veterinary Medicine and Life Sciences; and Dr Yue Jianbo, Associate Professor of Department of Biomedical Sciences.

Period3 Jul 2018 → 4 Jul 2018

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Title城大打印機械人 運幹細胞入人體
Description利用超小型機械人進行細胞層面手術是一門新興醫學,城市大學研究團隊開發出全球首創3D打印以磁力控制的微型機械人,其球形孔狀的外表,直徑只與一根頭髮相若,能於生物體內精確地運載細胞至指定位置。研究人員已先後在兩種動物身上進行測試,現正進行臨床前研究,以微型機械人運送幹細胞到動物體內醫治肝癌,預計兩三年內可在人類身上進行臨床測試。
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Media name/outlet文匯報
Media typeWeb
Date4/07/18
Linkpaper.wenweipo.com/2018/07/04/ED1807040005.htm
Title城大全球首創磁力3D微型機械人
Description香港城市大學(城大)的研究團隊開發出全球首創以磁力控制的3D打印微型機械人,能於生物體內精確地運載細胞到指定位置。這項發明將為細胞層面的治療、再生醫學、更精準的疾病治療包括癌症等,帶來革命性改變。
研究結果刊於最新一期《科學‧機械人學》。領導團隊的城大生物醫學工程學系系主任孫東昨日表示:「以機械人進行細胞層面的手術是一門新興醫學,研究在這方面跨進一大步。」微型機械人可運送幹細胞到受損組織或腫瘤,進行修補或治療,在入侵性手術以外提供更多選項,亦有助解決藥物引起的副作用及抗藥性問題。論文第一撰寫人、城大生物醫學工程學系博士畢業生李俊漾說:「今次是全球首宗微型機械人在生物體內傳送細胞的例子。」
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Media name/outlet成報
Media typeWeb
Date4/07/18
Linkhttps://www.singpao.com.hk/index.php?fi=news1&id=75242
Title城大開發首個3D打印微型機械人
Description香港城市大學(城大)昨日公布開發出全球首例以磁力控制的3D打印微型機械人,該發明將為疾病治療包括癌症帶來革命性改變,預計2至3年內可在人類身上進行臨床測試。研究結果刊於最新一期《科學.機械人學》。
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Media name/outlet香港商報
Media typePrint
Date4/07/18
Linkhk.hkcd.com/pdf/201807/0704/HZ19704CLCA.pdf
TitleWorld’s first: microrobots delivering cells to precise locations in the body
DescriptionA team of researchers at City University of Hong Kong (CityU) has developed a magnetic 3D-printed microscopic robot that can carry cells to precise locations in live animals. The microrobots could be used to carry stem cells that can repair damaged tissues or treat tumours, providing an alternative to invasive surgery, as well as a solution for the side effects caused by drugs and drug resistance issues.
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Media name/outletCityU NewsCentre
Media typeWeb
Producer/AuthorTerry Lam
Date3/07/18
Linkhttps://newscentre.cityu.edu.hk/media/news/2018/07/03/worlds-first-microrobots-delivering-cells-precise-locations-body