Scaffolds for Tissue Engineering - Biological Design, Materials and Fabrication
by Claudio Migliaresi (University of Trento, Italy), Antonella Motta (University of Trento, Italy)
Hardback 400 pages 2014-03-31 Print ISBN: 9789814463201
List price : $149.95
Scaffolds for tissue engineering are devices exploiting specific and complex physical and biological functions, in vitro or in vivo, communicating through biochemical and physical signals with cells and, when implanted, with the body environment.
Scaffolds can be produced with several materials, most of them of synthetic origin, with an increasing interests on the use of biological or nature-derived materials. In most cases fabrication technologies are derived from already well-established industrial processes, with some new specific technologies having been developed in the last years to address required complexities.
Often, a generalist approach is followed for the translation of materials and technologies designed for other applications, without considering the specific role of the scaffold from a physical and biological point of view. The book illustrates the scaffolds design principles with particular relevance to the biological requirements needed to control and drive the biological cross-talk, and reviews materials and fabrication and validation methods.
The book is mainly addressed to graduate and post-graduate students, who are approaching tissue engineering or experienced researchers who wish to have condensed but comprehensive information on materials, fabrication techniques, biological principles, and design criteria. The contributors are among the scientific leaders in their respective fields.
About the Editors:
Claudio Migliaresi is professor of composite materials engineering and of biomaterials and biomedical technologies at the University of Trento, Italy; director of the Department of Industrial Engineering; former dean of the School of Engineering, and head of the BIOtech Research Center, Italy. Prof Migliaresi has published about 200 papers, edited five volumes of the book Polymers in Medicine, and owns some patents. His research activities range from composite materials to biodegradable polymers, biomaterials, materials and scaffolds for tissue engineering. Prof. Migliaresi is member of the European Institute on Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, co-organizer of the conference series “Frontiers in Biomedical Polymers”, co-editor of the journal of Bioactive and Compatible Polymers, member of the editorial board of several journals, and reviewer for international research agencies.
Antonella Motta is assistant professor at the University of Trento (Italy). Research activities of Prof Motta are mainly focused on nature-derived polymers for tissue engineering applications, scaffold design, and interactions of material–biological systems. She mainly teaches bioengineering and tissue engineering and regenerative medicine courses. She has published about 90 papers, edited many chapters on tissue engineering topics, and owns some patents. She is member of the European Institute on Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, associate editor of the Journal of Bioactive and Compatible Polymers, member of the editorial board of the Journal of Biomaterials Science, Polymer Edition, and reviewer for many international journals and research agencies.
Advanced undergraduate- and graduate/post-graduate level students in biomedical engineering, materials engineering, medicine and biology; researchers in materials, biology, and medicine, especially those with an interest in regenerative medicine and tissue engineering.
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