F12 – Smart and biomimetic materials for biomedical applications and tissue engineering

No. Symposium Organiser Co-Organiser
F12 Smart and biomimetic materials for biomedical applications and tissue engineering Prof. João F. Mano,
3B’s Research Group, University of Minho, Guimarães, Portugal
jmano@dep.uminho.pt (jmano null@null dep NULL.uminho NULL.pt)
Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini,
University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (D)aldo.boccaccini (aldo NULL.boccaccini null@null ww NULL.uni-erlangen NULL.de)@ww.uni-erlangen.de (aldo NULL.boccaccini null@null ww NULL.uni-erlangen NULL.de)
Dr. Aránzazu del Campo.
Max-Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Mainz, Germany.
delcampo@mpip-mainz.mpg.de (delcampo null@null mpip-mainz NULL.mpg NULL.de) 
Materials and surfaces should increase in complexity to fulfill the requirements of specific biomedical applications, including tissue engineering approaches. Concepts currently used in biomedical applications are often based on traditional materials and processing methodologies. Such biomaterials are not able to establish specific interactions between the surface of the devices and the surrounding living tissues. One can find a variety of examples and lessons found in the nature that could be translated in new concepts to be used in materials for healthcare. For example, in nature, the biological world is built up via precise self-assembly of biomacromolecules and structural materials present clear hierarchical organization. Moreover, many examples are found in which the biological materials contains high quantities of water or are able to respond to multiple signals, including temperature, pH, ionic strength or biochemical environment. The introduction of stimuli-responsive hydrogels has helped to link therapeutic needs and the release of bioactive agents or the control of cell-material interactions. In this context, degradation of hydrogels may be controlled by the proliferation of the cellular content, or solid systems may be obtained at physiological conditions from injectable liquids containing biological material. This symposium will address the development of molecular systems (both low molecular weight and macromolecules) that are able to address special features of relevance in the biomedical area. In addition, new concepts and related processing technologies will be presented enabling the development of multifunctional tissue engineering scaffolds (next generation scaffolds with therapeutic capability) which can have a drug delivery or biomolecular signalling function thus providing enhanced support to cell attachment, growth and proliferation.
Selected papers presented at this symposium will be published in a special issue of the Journal “Biomedical Materials” (IOP Publishing Ltd). Authors will be contacted after the conference for submission of full papers. The papers will be refereed using the journal standard reviewing procedures.