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Bioinspired Materials: Applications in Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering

Call for Papers

As its central tenet, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine involves the in vitro seeding and cultivation of cells onto bioresponsive three-dimensional (3D) templates that are capable of providing both mechanical and biological cues. Despite rapid advances made in this field, success is hampered by significant knowledge gaps in our ability to regulate and accelerate tissue formation. Materials that are inspired by nature could potentially narrow or even close this gap. Incorporating some of nature’s specificity and efficiency allows the design of materials inspired by nature and applied to regenerative medicine and tissue engineering. Such materials are envisaged to shed light on cellular events that take place in response to compositional or topological variations.

The main focus of this special issue will be on the design, fabrication, and application of nature-inspired biomaterials to tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. The special issue will become a medium for researchers to communicate and disseminate their most recent research and development activities. We invite investigators to contribute original research articles as well as review articles to this special issue. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Nature-inspired biomaterials preparation and characterization
  • Hybridization of natural and synthetic biomaterials
  • Cellular responses to bioinspired materials
  • Mechanistic studies of cell-material interactions with the view of tissue engineering
  • Nature-inspired biomaterials for detection and analysis of biomolecules
  • Application areas in other biomedical or environmental fields
  • Biosensors, actuators, and drug delivery applications of nature-inspired biomaterials

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/bmri/tissue.engineering/biomat/ according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 14 March 2014
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 6 June 2014
Publication DateFriday, 1 August 2014

Lead Guest Editor

  • Kibret Mequanint, Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, The University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada N6A5B9

Guest Editors

  • Hadi Mohammadi, Biomedical Engineering, University of British Columbia, Kelowna, BC, Canada
  • Deon Bezuidenhout, Cardiovascular Research Unit, University of Cape Town, 203 Cape Heart Centre, Anzio Road, Observatory, Cape Town 7925, South Africa