The Future of Medicine

Medical Technology and Tissue Engineering


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Academic Responsibility

Univ.-Prof. Dr. med. Fabian Kießling

Institute for Experimental Molecular Imaging

Dr. med. Nadine Hochhausen

Profil Area Medical Science & Technology (MedST)

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Event information




Tuesday, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.




Even today, many people die because they do not receive a donor organ. An evil that we must accept? Questions like these will be discussed in the Leonardo module “Future of Medicine: Medical Technology and Tissue Engineering”. With this, students from all faculties will gain insights into current researched technologies to tackle the addressed problem. The course will focus on selected areas of medical technology and in particular explain research activities on tissue engineering, the artificial production of biological tissue. In this process, cells are taken from an organism, from which functional tissue units are grown with the aid of (artificial) scaffold structures. This requires complex printing and weaving technologies as well as in-depth knowledge of bio-interfaces and the generation of materials and suitable contact (surface) areas. Subsequently, the harvested cells can be returned to the organism. Here, innovative imaging techniques help to localize the tissue-engineered systems, observe their remodeling and installation and verify their functionality. Intensive research is being conducted on this topic not only in medicine, but also in engineering and life sciences to enable personalized medicine. In addition, the module provides insight into possible contributions of automation technology and robot-assisted regeneration. Furthermore, there are ethical issues to consider, particularly in medical research: What is justifiable? This dimension will also be discussed in the lecture.

Students can either prepare a thematic focus in small groups in consultation with the respective lecturer (student co-presentation) or the thematic focus of one lecture can be elaborated on (protocol or clarification/exact classification of controversial issues). In addition, there is the possibility to write a term paper on a topic.



Imaging systems in medicine
Univ.-Prof. Fabian Kießling
Institute Director Experimental Molecular Imaging (ExMI), RWTH Aachen University

20.04. 2021

Tissue Engineering of the Cornea
Priv.-Doz. Matthias Fuest, Head of Anterior Eye Sections, Department of Ophthalmology, Aachen University Hospital


Bringing implants to life – Tissue Engineering for heart and lung
Univ.-Prof. Stefan Jockenhövel, Head of Department Biohybrid & Medical Textiles, Institute for Applied Medical Technology, RWTH Aachen University


What should we print? Ethical challenges of 3D printing in biomedicine
Univ.-Prof. Saskia Nagel, Head of the Department of Applied Ethics, RWTH Aachen University


Targeted growth of implants – automation in tissue engineering
Univ.-Prof. Dirk Abel, Director of the Institute of Control Engineering, RWTH Aachen University and Kirsten Voß (M. Sc.), Research Associate at the Institute of Automatic Control


Quality control for cellular products – new perspectives by epigenetic diagnostics?
Univ.-Prof. Wolfgang Wagner, Head of the teaching and research area “Stem Cell Biology and Cellular Engineering”, Uniklinik Aachen


Facilitating care through robotic assistance
Univ.-Prof. Catherine Dißelhorst-Klug, Head of the Department of Rehabilitation and Prevention Technology of the Institute for Applied Medical Technology, RWTH Aachen Universit


3D – Bioprinting in medicine
Prof. Horst Fischer, Head of the Department of Dental Materials and Biomaterials Research, University Hospital Aachen, Germany


Emerging applications of nanomagnetic materials in medicine
Priv.-Doz. Ioana Slabu, Group Leader Nanomagnetic Engineering of the Institute for Applied Medical Technology, RWTH Aachen University


Titel der Veranstaltung


Montag 12:00 Uhr

Titel der Veranstaltung


Procedure/Working method​

Depending on the course of studies, module and examination, credit points can be achieved through participation.



Certificate of attendance (0 CP, ungraded)
Protocol with analysis (2 CP, ungraded)
Co-presentation + protocol with analysis (3 CP)
Term paper (15-20 pages, 4 CP)

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