Special Issue "Polymers for Oro-Dental and Cranio- Maxillo-Facial Applications"
A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 August 2011)
Prof. Dr. Ziyad S. Haidar
1 Department of Pharmaceutics & Pharmaceutical Chemistry, University of Utah, Salt Lake, UT, USA
2 Department of Bone Bioengineering & Regenerative Medicine, Utah-Inha Drug Delivery Systems & Advanced Therapeutics Research Center, B-404 Meet-You-All Tower, Songdo,TechnoPark 7-50, Songdo-Dong, Yeonsu-Gu, Incheon 406-840, Korea
Phone: +82 32 858 9404
Fax: +82 032 890 3698
Interests: biomedical applications; bio-functional coatings; bone; bone morphogenetic proteins; drug delivery; odontology; scaffolds; hydrogels; core-shell nanoparticles; natural polymers and resins; polymer colloids and films; composites and restorative biomaterials; oral implantology; responsive biomaterials; tissue engineering; regenerative medicine; liposomes; periodontology; sealants and coatings; oral cancer and bone metastases
The use of biocompatible and biodegradable polymers; primarily as bioresorbable suture materials; in medicine and dentistry largely started around the mid 20th Century. Today, our knowledge on such promising biomaterials has developed gigantically expanding their prospective applications significantly. On the other hand, traditional bone grafts, allografts and those biocompatible artificial bone substitutes have thus far well-established shortcomings especially when used for the repair of cranial and oro-maxillofacial defects. Today, a prominent alternative is tissue engineering and localized/targeted therapeutic (drug or protein) delivery raising hopes for the repair of such critical-sized defects, with applications extending beyond bones to include periodontal ligament regeneration and tooth bud implantation in parallel to progress in restorative materials and implants.
This special issue will focus on such modern approaches of polymeric-based technologies towards applications in the cranio-oro-maxillo-facial complex; especially those addressing past, current and future challenges in facial bone structures and periodontal ligament/tooth structure regeneration, bone and cartilage tissue engineering, implant biomaterials and surface coatings, intra-oral and dental restorative/esthetic bio-functional biomaterials; etc … Hence, the aim herein is to provide an up-to-date ‘clinically-relevant’/’translational – bench to bed’ status report and eventual consensus on the application of nanotechnology, polymers and polymeric-based systems, formulations and devices (including the relevant preparatory and conditioning issues) in the oral and cranio-maxillo-facial field with topics ranging from effect on cellular and molecular mechanisms, signaling pathways characterization, nanotools and extending to clinically-relevant diagnostics and localized, release-controlled and customized protein and/or drug delivery to the cranio-maxillo-facial complex.
It is with great anticipation we await your contributions to this special issue of Polymers.
Prof. Dr. Ziyad S. Haidar
- oro/dental/facial tissue engineering
- dental implants, surfaces and coatings
- composite resins and restorative biomaterials
- thermo- and photo-responsive polymers
- periodontal ligament and tooth regeneration
- bone and cartilage regeneration
- smart or intelligent polymers
- drug delivery systems
- shape memory polymers
- cranial vault
- bone defects