Symposium BM04—Biomaterials for Regenerative Engineering

Regeneration of damaged tissues represents a major medical need. A promising approach for development of properly functioning tissue replacements is to utilize engineered biomaterials. Regenerative engineering aims to repair and regenerate damaged or diseased tissues and organs by using materials, cells, and cell-instructive molecules.

This symposium will cover interdisciplinary topics such as materials science, chemistry, cell biology, physics, engineering, and medicine. The sessions of this symposium will emphasize material properties and applications of biomaterials (polymers, hydrogels, ceramics, metals, elastomers, fibers, composites, gradients) for regenerative tissue engineering. Additionally, delivery of small molecules (proteins, peptides, drugs, particles, DNA, RNA), and applications of micro- nano-technologies to control cell behavior will be covered. Also emphasized will be the importance of translation of bench information into patient care by facilitating discussions between engineers, clinicians, and medical device companies. Professionals from different areas of expertise including materials scientists, members of national laboratories, professors, students (undergraduate/gradate), early career scientists, industry members, biotechnology experts, and medical practitioners will be interested in this symposium. This multidisciplinary symposium will serve towards the objectives of the MRS by contributing to education and training of the next generation of materials researchers, providing opportunities for career and professional development of materials scientists, and helping broaden diversity.

Topics will include:

  • Hydrogels to control and direct cellular behavior
  • Synthetic biomaterials for fabrication of implantable scaffolds
  • Scaffolds from biomaterials of natural origin
  • Stimuli-responsive polymers and intelligent materials for regenerative medicine
  • Rapid prototyping and 3D bioprinting approaches to generate tissue-mimetics
  • Biomaterials as artificial tissue replacements
  • Cardiovascular biomaterials
  • Instructive materials to modulate stem cell behavior
  • Micro- nano- technologies for fabrication of tissue scaffolds
  • Clinical translation of bench information into bed-side care
  • New therapeutic strategies for diagnostics or treatment of cancer
  • High-throughput approaches for synthesis and screening of biomaterials
  • Biomaterials for musculoskeletal tissue engineering
  • Biomaterials for regenerative engineering
  • Hydrogel-based materials for tissue regeneration
  • Synthesis and characterization of biomaterials

Invited Speakers:

  • Bikramjit Basu (Materials Research Centre, Indian Institute of Science, India)
  • Sarindr Bhumiratana (EpiBone Inc., USA)
  • Jason Burdick (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
  • Anthony Guiseppi-Elie (Texas A&M University, USA)
  • Ali Khademhosseini (Harvard Medical School, USA)
  • Cato Laurencin (University of Connecticut, USA)
  • Lorenzo Moroni (Maastricht University, Netherlands)
  • Nicholas Peppas (University of Texas at Austin, USA)
  • Stephanie Proulx (Laval University, Canada)
  • Molly Stevens (Imperial College London, United Kingdom)

Symposium Organizers

Gulden Camci-Unal
University of Massachusetts Lowell
Department of Chemical Engineering

Surya Mallapragada
Iowa State University
Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Matteo Moretti
I.R.C.C.S. Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi
Cell and Tissue Engineering Laboratory

Pamela C. Yelick
Tufts University
Department of Orthodontics, Division of Craniofacial and Molecular Genetics

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