New possibilities in ear regeneration

Despite advances in reconstructive surgery, the great number of patients needing ear reconstruction (otoplasty)—many of them children—must still endure painful and complex procedures first devised nearly a century ago. Synthetic materials developed in the 1990s are the current "best" option, but are prone to high-rates of infection or extrusion. It is time to improve.

Today, advances in materials science, nanotechnology and regenerative medicine offer the prospect of a new era of reconstructive surgery—one that uses new biomaterials to greatly improve the process, and success, of ear reconstruction. For example, the UCL team, led by world-renowned Professor Alex Seifalian at the UCL Centre for Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine at the Royal Free Hospital, is at the forefront of this field.

We are also looking to fund research projects within the fields of psychology and improving hearing device technology for people with microtia. Please email us at if you are interested in running a research project.