Special Issue "Advanced Biomaterials for Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering Applications"
A special issue of Bioengineering (ISSN 2306-5354).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 May 2018)
Assistant Prof. Nasim Annabi
Department of Chemical Engineering, University of California--Los Angeles, United States
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Interests: biomaterials, tissue engineering, tissue adhesives, sealants, surgical glues, nanomaterials, regenerative medicine, hydrogels, scaffolds, elastin like polypeptides, elastic biomaterials, photocrossliking
The field of tissue engineering has been steadily evolving towards the development of biomimetic constructs that recapitulate the structural and functional complexity of human tissues. In this regard, the incorporation of state-of-the-art microfabrication techniques and advanced biomaterials has allowed the engineering of accurate in vitro models, which are being widely used for fundamental and translational biomedical research.
The ability to engineer tissue constructs with an unprecedented level of physiological accuracy has greatly benefited the field of cardiovascular tissue engineering. These advanced artificial tissues are being used to enhance our understanding of the mechanisms that underlie normal and pathological cardiovascular phenomena. Furthermore, the engineering of implantable blood vessels, heart valves, and myocardial tissues will have profound implications in the field of regenerative medicine and cardiovascular surgical procedures. However, several technical challenges remain in order to develop more sophisticated biomaterials that can be used to emulate the mechanical, topographical, compositional, and electrochemical features of bioengineered cardiovascular tissues. Different types of physiological cues, such as mechanical, biochemical, and electrical stimuli are increasingly being used to induce tissue maturation in vitro. In addition, recent advancements in biofabrication strategies such as additive manufacturing and 3D bioprinting have greatly enhanced the ability to manufacture highly representative cardiac tissues with increased translational potential.
This special issue focuses on the development of advanced biomaterials, as well as their incorporation with cutting edge biofabrication techniques to engineer novel cardiovascular tissue constructs. In particular, emphasis is being added on the use of smart biomaterials to recapitulate the biochemical, mechanical, electrical, and architectural properties of cardiovascular tissues for tissue engineering applications. The Special Issue is open for paper addressing:
- Smart and multifunctional biomaterials for cardiovascular tissue engineering
- Injectable biomaterials for cell and drug delivery
- Electroconductive biomaterials for cardiovascular tissue engineering
- In vitro mechanical and electrical stimulation for cardiovascular tissue maturation
- Microfabrication approaches for engineering functional cardiovascular tissues
- 3D printing of cardiac tissue constructs
We look forward to receiving your contributions to this special issue.
Dr. Nasim Annabi
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