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2015 MRS Fall Meeting Logo2015 MRS Fall Meeting & Exhibit

November 29-December 4, 2015 | Boston
Meeting Chairs: T. John Balk, Ram Devanathan, George G. Malliaras, Larry A. Nagahara, Luisa Torsi

Symposium F—Biomaterials for Regenerative Engineering

The number of health problems continues to rise all around the globe. The majority of clinical issues are caused by diseased or damaged tissues and organs. Engineered constructs that contain cells, biomaterials, growth factors, peptides, and small molecules are widely employed in regenerative engineering to improve human condition. The ultimate goal is to repair or regenerate the damaged tissues. In this context, biomaterial-based approaches are highly promising strategies. The success of engineered biomaterials relies on the formation of 3D functional constructs with clinically relevant sizes.

Multidisciplinary topics from chemistry, biology, medicine, materials science, and engineering will be covered in this symposium by inviting keynote speakers from biomaterials and tissue engineering areas. The sessions will feature a wide range of biomaterials (e.g., hydrogels, fibers, proteins, lipids, synthetic polymers, elastomers, micro- nano-particles, ceramics, metals) for modulation of cell adhesion, proliferation, differentiation, or growth. Biomaterials with stimuli-responsive features will also be highlighted by the symposium. Furthermore, a wide spectrum of applications from development of artificial implants to materials for stem cell therapies will be emphasized. Clinical translation of engineered biomaterials will be presented by academic and industry partners. The discussions at this symposium will also facilitate major interactions between physicians, industry members and faculties from academic institutions to enhance the translation of tissue engineering information from bench to bed. The symposium will be of great importance to the materials community and biomedical industry and significantly contribute to interdisciplinary areas.

Topics will include:

  • Hydrogel-based strategies to modulate cell behavior
  • Engineered materials for cardiovascular tissue engineering
  • High-throughput screening of biomaterials in tissue engineering
  • Rapid prototyping of biomaterials
  • Multifunctional hydrogels for regenerative engineering
  • Synthetic polymers for fabrication of tissue-engineeredscaffolds
  • Artificial implants for biomedical applications
  • Biomaterials to control stem cell microenvironments
  • Biomaterials in translational regenerative medicine
  • Biomimetic materials for orthopedic tissue engineering
  • Stimuli-responsive polymers for regenerative applications
  • Micro and nano patterning of biomaterial surfaces for tissueengineering applications
  • Poster session: Biomaterial synthesis for regenerative engineering
  • Poster session: Effects of biomaterials on cell behavior

Invited Speakers:

  • Joanna Aizenberg (Harvard University, USA)
  • Eben Alsberg (Case Western Reserve University, USA)
  • Nenad Bursac (Duke University, USA)
  • Elizabeth Cosgriff-Hernandez (Texas A&M University, USA)
  • Michael Davis (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Lisa Freed (Draper Laboratory, USA)
  • Vasif Hasirci (Middle East Technical University, Turkey)
  • David Kaplan (Tufts University, USA)
  • Andrea Kasko (University of California Los Angeles, USA)
  • Catherine Klapperich (Boston University, USA)
  • Cato Laurencin (University of Connecticut, USA)
  • Phillip Messersmith (University of California at Berkeley, USA)
  • David Mooney (Harvard University, USA)
  • Erhan Piskin (Hacettepe University, Turkey)
  • Sam Stupp (Northwestern University, USA)
  • Kathyrn Uhrich (Rutgers University, USA)
  • Yadong Wang (University of Pittsburgh, USA)
  • Tom Webster (Northeastern University, USA)
  • George Whitesides (Harvard University, USA)
  • Jian Yang (Pennsylvania State University, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Gulden Camci-Unal
Harvard University
Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology

Guillermo Ameer
Northwestern University
Department of Biomedical Engineering and Department of Surgery

Melissa Grunlan
Texas A&M University
Department of Biomedical Engineering