The disease burden of musculoskeletal disorders on the quality of life is well recognized, as they represent the primary cause of physical disability. The social and economic burden of musculoskeletal diseases, such as osteoarthritis and low back pain, and post-stroke neuromuscular rehabilitation are of particular concern, in view of the global aging demographic.
There is a timely and justified need to establish an infrastructural component, the iTERM, building on existing excellence and strengths in CUHK to make high impact advances in neuromusculoskeletal TE/RM. The iTERM is a center of excellence that aims to:
- Advance multidisciplinary scientific knowledge and discovery in tissue development, repair, and regeneration
- Translate the scientific knowledge gained by designing and developing relevant engineering tools and technologies
- Educate and train the next generation of cross-disciplinary scientists, engineers, and clinicians in the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine
- Transmit and share advances in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine with researchers, clinicians and the public through educational activities, training, and community enrichment projects
- Strategize and coordinate institutional research programs to meet current and anticipated research and clinical needs
- Enhance programmatic funding to the institution by promoting interdisciplinary consortia of collaboration among scientists, clinicians and engineers.