Special Issue "Epidermal and Dermal Skin Substitutes in Burn Care"

A special issue of European Burn Journal (ISSN 2673-1991).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 November 2023 | Viewed by 1529

Special Issue Editors

Clinic for Plastic, Aesthetic, Hand and Reconstructive Surgery, Hannover Medical School, Carl-Neuberg-Str. 1, 30625 Hanover, Germany
Interests: ischemia and reperfusion; limb perfusion; limb amputation, replantation and transplantation; vascularized composite allograft—plastic graft
1. Hamilton Health Sciences Research Insitute, Hamilton, ON, Canada
2. Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University, 1280 Main St W, Hamilton, ON, Canada
Interests: burn; trauma; stress response; inflammation; hypermetabolism, including insulin resistance; cell regeneration; gene transfer; stem cells
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue will focus on the area of “Epidermal and Dermal Skin Substitutes” in the treatment of burn injuries.

Advancements and new technologies in a variety of fields, from engineering to 3D printing, have allowed for the development of novel biomedical templates that can serve as temporary or permanent skin substitutes. The improved replacement of skin not only allows for improved functional outcomes but also significantly impacts the aesthetics and psychological outcomes of burn patients. Since the skin is the largest and most affected organ in burns, continuous research on “restitutio ad integrum” and its translation into the clinic is vital to improve outcomes for patients.

Our goal is to assemble an overview of what is currently already possible in the clinic and what will be possible in the future. We welcome submissions related to all matters of skin substitutes, be they biological, alloplastic, xenoplastic, autologous, cultivated, 3D-printed, epidermal, dermal or combined, the integration or replacement of dermal appendages, and innovations in treatment as well as cutting edge technology in burn patients. Experimental and research articles, up-to-date reviews, and commentaries are all welcome.

Dr. Nicco Krezdorn
Dr. Marc Jeschke
Guest Editors

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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. European Burn Journal is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

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  • skin substitute
  • skin replacement
  • dermal replacement
  • dermal template
  • dermal matrix
  • epidermal template
  • epidermal matrix
  • dermal appendage
  • stem cells
  • three-dimensional printing
  • resorbable matrix
  • resorbable templates
  • temporary templates
  • permanent templates

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High Expansion Auxetic Skin Graft Simulants for Severe Burn Injury Mitigation
Eur. Burn J. 2023, 4(1), 108-120; https://doi.org/10.3390/ebj4010011 - 11 Mar 2023
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Burn injuries are commonly treated with split-thickness skin grafting. However, low expansions offered by spilt-thickness skin grafting inhibit the treatment of large and severe burn injuries when limited donor skin is available. To overcome this gap, in this work, it was attempted to [...] Read more.
Burn injuries are commonly treated with split-thickness skin grafting. However, low expansions offered by spilt-thickness skin grafting inhibit the treatment of large and severe burn injuries when limited donor skin is available. To overcome this gap, in this work, it was attempted to study the expansion potential of skin grafts with novel auxetic incisions with rotating rectangle (RR), honeycomb (HC), alternating slit (AS), H-shaped (HS), Y-shaped (YS), and I-shaped (IS) unit cells, through development of skin graft simulants. Clinically relevant biaxial load testing was conducted to estimate the stress–strain response, void area, and meshing ratio. Moreover, hyperelastic constitutive models were employed to characterize the non-linear biomechanical behavior of the skin graft simulants. The maximum void area increase was observed in the HS skin graft simulant, indicating low skin cover. Overall, the IS auxetic skin graft design exhibited meshing ratio higher than traditional grafts (>3:1), low void area and stresses, which can be beneficial for large skin cover and burn wound healing. With further optimization and clinical tests, the auxetic skin graft designs may find a place with the graft manufacturers for fabrication of grafts with better surgical outcomes for severe burn injuries. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Epidermal and Dermal Skin Substitutes in Burn Care)
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