Mr Atheer Ujam is a Oral Maxillofacial Consultant who undertook his PhD at UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health. Mr Ujam focused his project on “Cartilage Engineering from Autologous Fat for Oro-Facial Deformity Reconstruction – Focus on the Nose.” Saving Faces part-funded Mr Ujam’s PhD.
This project aimed to engineer a cartilage-like product that could be inserted into paediatric patients with nasal deformity as a result of tumour resection, post traumatic or congenital deformity. This novel product would reconstruct normal function and aesthetics of the nose by utilizing stem cell technology to generate missing nasal cartilage, and could replace current surgical techniques that use costochondral rib grafts to replace missing or deformed nasal cartilage. 3D printing technology was used to fabricate the nasal product.
Mr Ujam PhD thesis can be found here.