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Special Issue "Marine Organisms for Bone Regeneration"

A special issue of Marine Drugs (ISSN 1660-3397).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Susan A Clarke

Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast
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Interests: bone repair; regenerative medicine; biomaterials; novel drugs
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Fraser Buchanan

School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast
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Interests: bioresorbable biomaterials; bone repair; naturally derived biomaterials

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Bioprospecting and technological advances allowing high-through-put screening, has seen a surge of interest in the identification of anti-cancer, anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory compounds from the marine environment. The search for compounds with more niche applications, such as bone repair, has been slower, yet marine organisms, themselves, in the form of coral, have been used as a bone substitute material since the 1970s and the marine environment is a rich source of mineralizing porous organisms.  In this Special Issue, we would like to explore the potential of products derived from marine organisms to promote bone repair, bone regeneration and bone development. The potential approaches are wide and varied; extraction of bioactive compounds with osteogenic activity, marine organisms as a source of osteogenic ions, marine organisms as bioactive adjuncts to traditional bone scaffold materials, porous marine organisms as biomimetic scaffolds or as templates for novel materials.

We invite manuscripts that explore any aspect of this research topic, ranging from the chemical extraction of novel osteogenic bioactive compounds to the use of the whole organism as a scaffold for bone tissue engineering, and everything in between. 

Dr. Susan A Clarke
Prof. Dr. Fraser Buchanan
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Marine Drugs is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • bone
  • osteogenic
  • mineralising
  • bioactives
  • marine organisms
  • tissue engineering

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