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Our Mission

The mission of the TREND Center is to build and sustain an interdisciplinary, integrated research and education Center in tissue regeneration and biomedical engineering at the University of Dayton, and to train the needed world-class health care workforce.  This Center’s goals are closely aligned with the University’s mission and promote interdisciplinary research, cross-unit partnerships for student training activities, and initiatives to engage diverse populations in Center programs. TREND’s Strategic Plan is directly based on four major goals: Transformative Education, Outstanding Scholarship, International Engagement and Responsible Stewardship.

Impact

TREND research focus areas have a clear and direct application in tissue regeneration and biomedical engineering (i.e. biomedical applications of engineering). Specific examples of TREND research include: lens and limb regeneration, biomaterials for bone, tendon and ligament implants, research on secondary cataracts and glaucoma, biologically inspired materials and methods for improved biomedical implants, neurodegenerative disorders, understanding and controlling genetic pathways for cellular growth and organ development, cryoprotection proteins, and the bioeffects of nanomaterials. Currently, TREND research focuses on fundamental research at the molecular and cellular levels, with limited work in applied and clinical areas or at the organismal, or “whole animal” level.

The TREND Center has an impact across campus with faculty, staff, and students from several units, departments, programs and majors including: College of Arts & Sciences, School of Engineering, Research Institute, Biology, Materials Engineering Graduate Program, Chemical & Materials Engineering, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Nonstructural Materials (UDRI), Master of Science in Bioengineering Program, Pre-Medicine Program, and Health & Sports Science. Faculty, staff and students from all of these areas participate in research projects, post-secondary education and training, and K-12 and community outreach activities.