Dr Timothy Hopkins


Research Funding

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Current Funded Research Projects

Human synovium-cartilage organ-chip for personalised surgical screening

Funding source: AR-UK Versus Arthritis
Start: 01-04-2022  /  End: 31-03-2025
Amount: £311,203

Scientists at Queen Mary University of London are creating a human knee-on-a-chip device to understand how arthritis develops in individual patients and to test treatment strategies. The so-called organ-on-a-chip will consist of living cells taken from the knee joints of patients with osteoarthritis. The cells from patient’s cartilage and other tissues within the knee, will be grown within the laboratory in a carefully bioengineering organ-on-a-chip and used to understand which patients respond well to treatment. This will ultimately allow clinicians to optimise therapies to individual patients in an approach known as precision medicine or personalised medicine.

Previous Funded Research Projects

Production of a human growth plate organ-chip model of skeletal development

Funding source: National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) and BBSRC
Start: 01-02-2023  /  End: 31-01-2024

This award aims to develop a human cell-based skeletal growth plate organ-on-a-chip to replace the use of rodents in some studies of development, ageing and disease