Special Issue "Advances in Ophthalmic Biomaterials"


A special issue of Journal of Functional Biomaterials (ISSN 2079-4983).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2013)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Heather Sheardown
Department of Chemical Engineering, McMaster University, Room JHE-124A, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, L8S 4L7, Canada
Website: http://chemeng.mcmaster.ca/sheardown.html
E-Mail: sheardow@mcmaster.ca
Phone: +1 905 525 9140 (ext.24794)
Interests: ophthalmic biomaterials; ophthalmic drug delivery; polymers; surface modification; protein adsorption; cell material interactions; hydrogels; contact lenses; intraocular lenses

Guest Editor
Dr. Traian V. Chirila
Queensland Eye Institute, 41 Annerley Road, South Brisbane, Qld. 4101, Australia
Website: http://www.pbf.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/TVC-cv.pdf
E-Mail: traian.chirila@qei.org.au
Interests: development of polymer substrates for cellular growth; biodegradable hydrogels; calcification of hydrogels; interpenetrating polymers networks; artificial vitreous substitutes; self-healing hydrogels; tissue engineering; ocular surface reconstruction; controlled release of bioactive agents; artificial corneal endothelium

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

After half of a century, the field of ophthalmic biomaterials has become firmly established as an integral and essential part of the ocular tissue engineering and regenerative ophthalmology. Biomaterials, either modified biopolymers or synthetic polymers, are used as replacements for various damaged ocular elements. Such replacements include artificial intraocular lenses, artificial corneas and corneal elements, vitreous substitutes, tube systems and canaliculi for glaucoma and lacrimal surgery, carriers for sustained release of ocular drugs, surgical adhesives, viscoelastics for ocular surgery etc. Going beyond prosthetic replacements and devices, novel types of ophthalmic biomaterials are currently being developed by manipulating both bulk structure and surface of materials to provide more complex systems able to play a role in the stimulation of target cells with an aim to heal and regenerate damaged ocular tissue. Such biomaterials serve for the creation of tissue-engineered constructs that are used in new regenerative strategies that are advanced for the treatment of eye disease and trauma.

Prof. Dr. Heather Sheardown
Dr. Traian V. Chirila
Guest Editors


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  • keratoprosthesis
  • IOLs
  • vitreous substitution
  • ocular adhesives
  • ocular surface reconstruction
  • corneal tissue engineering
  • retinal repair and regeneration
  • substrata for ocular stem cells

Published Papers (6 papers)

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J. Funct. Biomater. 2013, 4(1), 14-26; doi:10.3390/jfb4010014
Received: 1 November 2012; in revised form: 17 December 2012 / Accepted: 11 January 2013 / Published: 18 January 2013
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by ,  and
J. Funct. Biomater. 2013, 4(1), 38-58; doi:10.3390/jfb4010038
Received: 31 October 2012; in revised form: 30 January 2013 / Accepted: 25 February 2013 / Published: 21 March 2013
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by , ,  and
J. Funct. Biomater. 2013, 4(2), 74-88; doi:10.3390/jfb4020074
Received: 22 March 2013; in revised form: 6 May 2013 / Accepted: 6 May 2013 / Published: 17 May 2013
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by , , ,  and
J. Funct. Biomater. 2013, 4(3), 114-161; doi:10.3390/jfb4030114
Received: 29 March 2013; in revised form: 8 May 2013 / Accepted: 28 May 2013 / Published: 10 July 2013
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by , , , , , , , , ,  and
J. Funct. Biomater. 2013, 4(3), 162-177; doi:10.3390/jfb4030162
Received: 7 April 2013; in revised form: 3 July 2013 / Accepted: 6 August 2013 / Published: 28 August 2013
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by , , , , ,  and
J. Funct. Biomater. 2013, 4(4), 178-208; doi:10.3390/jfb4040178
Received: 3 August 2013; in revised form: 13 September 2013 / Accepted: 24 September 2013 / Published: 22 October 2013
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Last update: 21 May 2014

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