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)
Prof. Dr. Heather Sheardown (Website)
Department of Chemical Engineering, McMaster University, Room JHE-124A, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, L8S 4L7, Canada
Interests: ophthalmic biomaterials; ophthalmic drug delivery; polymers; surface modification; protein adsorption; cell material interactions; hydrogels; contact lenses; intraocular lenses
Dr. Traian V. Chirila (Website)
Queensland Eye Institute, 41 Annerley Road, South Brisbane, Qld. 4101, Australia
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
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
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- vitreous substitution
- ocular adhesives
- ocular surface reconstruction
- corneal tissue engineering
- retinal repair and regeneration
- substrata for ocular stem cells