Mechanisms of mechanical forces acting on biological tissues are difficult to understand due to the complexity and hierarchical organization of structures. Thus, both experimental evaluation, as well as modeling and predictive methodologies for biological systems, are unique. This is also true for engineered materials used at the interface with biology or used for replacement of biological tissues such as in regenerative medicine. The focus of this symposium is to bring together a strong cohort of modelers and experimentalists from many areas of mechanics, materials, cell biology, medicine etc. to investigate the response of biological and bio-inspired systems due to mechanical loading at various length scales. This symposium will also target the role of mechanics at the cellular and tissue level for applications in medicine and biomimetics. Besides conventional oral and poster presentations, this symposium will have one session in a panel discussion format with four panelists representing the modeling and experimental avenues of mechanobiology in particular.
Tentative list of Panelists
Subra Suresh (Carnegie Mellon University), Barbara Brodsky (Rutgers University), Cato T. Laurencin (University of Connecticut), Kristi S. Anseth (University of Colorado), Marc A. Meyers (University of California, San Diego)