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RA1, RA2 and RA5c: Staff and output details and Category C staff circumstances


ASHAMMAKHI, N - Category : A

Research Groups:

A - Bioengineering

RA2 - Research outputs:

Number of outputs: 4

Output number: 1 of 4


Biodegradable nanomats produced by electrospinning: expanding multifunctionality and potential for tissue engineering.

Output type: Journal article
Journal title: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Month/year of publication: October 2006
Pagination: 2693-2711
Volume: Vol 6 issue 9-10
ISSN: 1533-4880
DOI: 10.1166/jnn.2006.485 ?
Co-authors: Ndreu A, Nikkola L, Piras A
Number of additional co-authors: 6
Other relevant details: The recent work on investigating different materials by a multidisciplinary group in EU-funded network of excellence “Expertissues” ( from which researchers from came to senior author’s lab to learn the technique and develop biomimetic nanofibre-based scaffolds which represents an advancing front. They are co-authors in the paper with their observations reported. In this paper Ashammakhi is the lead author. It was published in one of the important journals in nanotechnology (Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, I.F. = 2.194, Citations 3). Following publication, a number of invitations were received to review and submit similar papers.

Output number: 2 of 4


Successful use of biosorb osteofixation devices in 165 cranial and maxillofacial cases: a multicenter report.

Output type: Journal article
Journal title: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
Month/year of publication: July 2004
Pagination: 692-701
Volume: Vol 15 issue 4
ISSN: 1049-2275
DOI: 10.1097/00001665-200407000-00031 ?
Co-authors: Arnaud E, Marchac D, Renier D
Number of additional co-authors: 6
Other relevant details: This paper was the subject of the EU funded project (Biocranio) ( Ashammakhi is the lead author of the paper, published in the best craniofacial surgery journal (Journal of Craniofacial Surgery I.F.= 5.196). It included a critical mass of expertise and data (165 patients from Paris, Innsbruck, London, and Oulu) on treatment of rare craniofacial deformities treated with new biodegradable devices developed by partner ConMed Ltd. ( The project was regarded as success by the EU ( Commented on by the expert Barry L. Eppley, MD, DMD (J Craniofac Surg 2004, 15(4): 702). Citations 10.

Output number: 3 of 4


Effect on human platelet supernatant on proliferation and matrix synthesis of human articular chondrocytes in monolayer and three-dimensional alginate cultures.

Output type: Journal article
Journal title: Biomaterials
Month/year of publication: May 2005
Pagination: 1953-1960
Volume: Vol 26 issue 14
ISSN: 0142-9612
DOI: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2004.06.031 ?
Co-authors: Fritz J, Gaissmaier C, Krackhardt T
Number of additional co-authors: 2
Other relevant details: A study on the effect of using platelet supernanetent (PS) as a source of growth factors, on chondrocytes that were expanded with alginate beads or as monolayer cultures was published in the Journal number 1 in biomaterials (Biomaterials, I.F.= 5.196), during another EU funded project (Chondral and Osseous Tissue Engineering “Spare Parts,”, led by N Ashammakhi. hPS was found to accelerate chondrocyte expansion but lead to dedifferentiation. This is important to consider when application and benefits industrial production are planned (One partner TETEC Ltd., Dr Jürgen Fritz, CEO, and clinical application (Citations 7).

Output number: 4 of 4


Developments in craniomaxillofacial surgery: use of self-reinforced bioabsorbable osteofixation devices.

Output type: Journal article
Journal title: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Month/year of publication: July 2001
Pagination: 167-180
Volume: Vol 108 issue 1
ISSN: 0032-1052
DOI: 10.1097/00006534-200107000-00027 ?
Co-authors: Peltoniemi H, Suuronen R, Waris E
Number of additional co-authors: 4
Other relevant details: Ashammakhi is the first author in this paper which was published in journal number 1 in plastic surgery (Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, I.F. = 1.864). The paper has been widely cited (ISI Citations = 43). It dealt with reviewing both relevant basic science and published results for plastic surgeons on the use of biodegradable osteofixation devices in craniomaxillofacial surgery. Impact on industry: ConMed and Bioretec Ltd. ( have benefited (Acad. Prof. Pertti Törmälä, CSO, Bioretec Ltd., Tampere, Finland, E-mail These works helped to get funded as centre of excellence by Academy of Finland ( and TEKES (