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Intraabdominal Adhesions with Focus on Experimental Models

Call for Papers

Intra-abdominal adhesions are the most common complications after abdominal or pelvic surgery. In recent years, the molecular understanding of adhesion formation and their possible prevention with surgical strategies and barriers such as solid or liquid substances for the separation of traumatised tissue surfaces has grown; however, the translation into clinical routine often lacks a statistically significant comparison of different trauma modes that eventually lead to adhesion formation, as well as the evaluation of the efficacy of barriers in a second look operation. Therefore, experimental models are necessary to investigate the mentioned issues in a reproducible and standardized fashion.

We call for original research papers and reviews that will further contribute to the understanding of adhesion induction after peritoneal trauma, as well as to the assessment of prophylactic strategies. We are particularly interested in contributions that focus on experimental models that clearly describe the fashion of traumatisation and the consequences for adhesion formation. Papers that describe the use of potential adhesion barriers should focus on their comparison in an experimental setting. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Comparison of different animal models to induce adhesions
  • Different approaches to create adhesions in open and laparoscopic models
  • Scoring of experimentally induced adhesions
  • Advances in the creation of models that can be an alternative to animal models
  • Latest developments in barrier substances

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal's Authors 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/obgyn/iaf/ according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 17 January 2014
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 11 April 2014
Publication DateFriday, 6 June 2014

Lead Guest Editor

  • Bernhard Kraemer, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, University Hospital Tuebingen, Eberhard-Karls-University Tuebingen, Tuebingen, Germany

Guest Editors

  • Taufiek K. Rajab, Department of Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Harvard University, Boston, MA, USA
  • Geoffrey Trew, Hammersmith Hospital, London, UK