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.