Special Issue "Advanced Tissue Engineering Scaffolds"
A special issue of Bioengineering (ISSN 2306-5354).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2018)
Dr. Naresh Kasoju
Division of Tissue Culture, Biomedical Technology Wing Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology Thiruvananthapuram - 695012, Kerala, India
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Interests: structure-function relationships; surface functionalization; cell encapsulation; gene expression; mesenchymal stem cells; vascularisation; immunomodulation; decellularisation
The concept of tissue engineering scaffolds has different meanings for different subdisciplines, ranging from essentially inert to essentially functional. Undoubtedly, there are important cell biology cues that scaffolds can orchestrate and which could, for example, spawn a generation of scaffolds with ancillary medical actions. There are also structures and functional requirements that are now increasingly recognized. Arguably, the recent diversification of clinical scaffold products reflects the understanding of the need for hierarchical structure and porosity tuned to specific clinical applications. This is reflected by the current array of different types of the scaffold and correspondingly diverse manufacturing methods. Advances in scaffold technologies can be usefully viewed through the lens of effective clinical therapy. It is incumbent on the community as a whole to bring effective, expedient, and affordable tissue-engineering-inspired approaches through the translational pathway to clinical and commercial reality, to address the massive global need for affordable treatments. This view involves major challenges, and this means that there are opportunities for achieving these goals. These exist throughout the R&D pathway, from concept mining and invention, and effective proof-of-concept studies to clinical manufacturing translation, including process efficiencies and regulatory strategy; and, not least of all, effective and robust trial design to support clinical translation.
This Special Issue is open to any contribution which addresses the theme of advanced scaffolds, especially those that impact on the need to bring effective technologies to produce the widest public benefit. Topics include, but are not limited to the following:
Scaffold biomaterials including proteins, polysaccharides, polymers, metals, ceramics and composites
Scaffold fabrication techniques, including electrospinning, phase separation and 3D printing
Structure-function relationship studies in tissue engineering
Reconstructive and therapeutic tissue engineering, cell encapsulation, and disease biology models
Decellularisation and recellularization technologies in tissue engineering
Specialized topics including organ-on-chip models, modular tissue engineering, interfacial/junctional tissue engineering.
The first round submission deadline: 31 October 2017
Dr. Julian F. Dye
Dr. Naresh Kasoju
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