Top 10 Most-accessed Biomaterials Science articles – Q4 2015

This month sees the following articles in Biomaterials Science that are in the top ten most accessed from October – December 2015:

Why not take a look at the articles today and blog your thoughts and comments below.

Hydrogel scaffolds as in vitro models to study fibroblast activation in wound healing and disease
Megan E. Smithmyer, Lisa A. Sawicki and April M. Kloxin
Biomater. Sci., 2014,2, 634-650
DOI: 10.1039/C3BM60319A

Supramolecular hydrogels: synthesis, properties and their biomedical applications
Ruijiao Dong, Yan Pang, Yue Su and Xinyuan Zhu
Biomater. Sci., 2015,3, 937-954
DOI: 10.1039/C4BM00448E

Electrospinning and additive manufacturing: converging technologies
Paul D. Dalton, Cédryck Vaquette, Brooke L. Farrugia, Tim R. Dargaville, Toby D. Brown and Dietmar W. Hutmacher
Biomater. Sci., 2013,1, 171-185
DOI: 10.1039/C2BM00039C

Stimuli-responsive functionalized mesoporous silica nanoparticles for drug release in response to various biological stimuli
Xin Chen, Xiaoyu Cheng, Alexander H. Soeriyadi, Sharon M. Sagnella, Xun Lu, Jason A. Scott, Stuart B. Lowe, Maria Kavallaris and J. Justin Gooding
Biomater. Sci., 2014,2, 121-130
DOI: 10.1039/C3BM60148J

In situ-forming robust chitosan-poly(ethylene glycol) hydrogels prepared by copper-free azide–alkyne click reaction for tissue engineering
Vinh X. Truong, Matthew P. Ablett, Hamish T. J. Gilbert, James Bowen, Stephen M. Richardson, Judith A. Hoyland and Andrew P. Dove
Biomater. Sci., 2014,2, 167-175
DOI: 10.1039/C3BM60159E

Mesoporous silica nanoparticles for the design of smart delivery nanodevices
Montserrat Colilla, Blanca González and María Vallet-Regí
Biomater. Sci., 2013,1, 114-134
DOI: 10.1039/C2BM00085G

Biophysical properties of nucleic acids at surfaces relevant to microarray performance
Archana N. Rao and David W. Grainger
Biomater. Sci., 2014,2, 436-471
DOI: 10.1039/C3BM60181A

Lipid-coated polymeric nanoparticles for cancer drug delivery
Sangeetha Krishnamurthy, Rajendran Vaiyapuri, Liangfang Zhang and Juliana M. Chan
Biomater. Sci., 2015,3, 923-936
DOI: 10.1039/C4BM00427B

Design of biomaterials for intracellular delivery of carbon monoxide
Hiroshi Inaba, Kenta Fujita and Takafumi Ueno
Biomater. Sci., 2015,3, 1423-1438
DOI: 10.1039/C5BM00210A

Design of thiol–ene photoclick hydrogels using facile techniques for cell culture applications
Lisa A. Sawicki and April M. Kloxin
Biomater. Sci., 2014,2, 1612-1626
DOI: 10.1039/C4BM00187G

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One-day meeting on Self-Assembling Materials for Biomedicine

We are pleased to announce the RSC Faraday Division sponsored one-day meeting on Self-Assembling Materials for Biomedicine, taking place on 14th April 2016 at Shinfield Grange, Berkshire, UK.

This meeting will bring together researchers using polymers and biomaterials in several applications relevant to healthcare – specifically in the fields of tissue engineering, regenerative medicine and drug delivery. Different approaches relying on self-assembly of polymers, peptides and other biomaterials to create novel nanostructures with biomedical activity will be discussed by prominent researchers in the field presenting their state-of-the-art findings. The venue is a delightful country residence on the outskirts of Reading, UK, with easy transport access.


Confirmed Speakers

Giuseppe Battaglia, University College London
Che Connon, Newcastle University
Matthew Dalby, University of Glasgow
Alicia El Haj, Keele University
Ian Hamley, University of Reading
Wayne Hayes, University of Reading
Alvaro Mata, Queen Mary University London
David Middleton, Lancaster University
Richard Oreffo, University of Southampton
Maité Paternostre, CEA-Saclay, France
Alberto Saiani, University of Manchester

Organising Committee

Ian Hamley, University of Reading
Che Connon, Newcastle University
Alvaro Mata, Queen Mary University London

FREE REGISTRATION – Deadline by 15th March 2016

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Biomaterials Science awards best student talk prize at the 37th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Biomaterials

Congratulations to Yuto Amano, a student in the Michiya Matsusaki group at Osaka University, Japan, who was awarded the Biomaterials Science award for the best student oral presentation at the 37th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Biomaterials.

The meeting was held on 9-10th November 2015, in Kyoto, Japan and Yuto was given the award by Professor Yasuhiko Tabata of Kyoto University and Japanese Society for Biomaterials Committee Chair.

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2016 Biomaterials Science Lectureship now open!

Do you know an early-career researcher who deserves recognition for their contribution to the biomaterials field?

Now is your chance to put them forward for the accolade they deserve.

Biomaterials Science is pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for its Biomaterials Science Lectureship 2016. This annual award was established in 2014 to honour an early-stage career scientist who has made a significant contribution to the biomaterials field.

Previous winners

2015 – Joel Collier, University of Chicago, USA

2014 – Suzie Pun, University of Washington, USA

Qualification

To be eligible for the Biomaterials Science Lectureship, the candidate should be in the earlier stages of their scientific career, typically within 7 years of attaining their first independent research position, and will have made a significant contribution to the field.

Description

The recipient of the award will be asked to present a lecture three times, one of which will be located in the home country of the recipient. The Biomaterials Science Editorial Office will provide the sum of £1000 to the recipient for travel and accommodation costs.

The recipient will be presented with the award at one of the three award lectures. They will also be asked to contribute a lead article to the journal and will have their work showcased on the back cover of the issue in which their article is published.

Selection

The recipient of the award will be selected and endorsed by the Biomaterials Science Editorial Board.

Nominations

Those wishing to make a nomination should send details of the nominee, including a brief C.V. (no longer than 2 pages A4) together with a letter (no longer than 1 page A4) supporting the nomination, to the Biomaterials Science Editorial Office by 29th January 2016. Self-nomination is not permitted.

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Top 10 Most-accessed Biomaterials Science articles – Q3 2015

This month sees the following articles in Biomaterials Science that are in the top ten most accessed from July – September 2015:

Hydrogel scaffolds as in vitro models to study fibroblast activation in wound healing and disease
Megan E. Smithmyer, Lisa A. Sawicki and April M. Kloxin
Biomater. Sci., 2014,2, 634-650
DOI: 10.1039/C3BM60319A

Supramolecular hydrogels: Synthesis, properties and their biomedical applications
Ruijiao Dong, Yan Pang, Yue Su and Xinyuan Zhu
Biomater. Sci., 2015,3, 937-954
DOI: 10.1039/C4BM00448E

Taking tissue adhesives to the future: from traditional synthetic to newly biomimetic approaches
Lígia Pereira Bré, Yu Zheng, Ana Paula Pêgo and Wenxin Wang
Biomater. Sci., 2013,1, 239-253
DOI: 10.1039/C2BM00121G

Stimuli-Responsive Functionalized Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles for Drug Release in Response to Various Biological Stimuli
Xin Chen, Xiaoyu Cheng, Alexander H. Soeriyadi, Sharon M. Sagnella, Xun Lu, Jason A. Scott, Stuart B. Lowe, Maria Kavallaris and J. Justin Gooding
Biomater. Sci., 2014,2, 121-130
DOI: 10.1039/C3BM60148J

Mesoporous silica nanoparticles for the design of smart delivery nanodevices
Montserrat Colilla, Blanca González and María Vallet-Regí
Biomater. Sci., 2013,1, 114-134
DOI: 10.1039/C2BM00085G

In situ-forming robust chitosan-poly(ethylene glycol) hydrogels prepared by copper-free azide-alkyne click reaction for tissue engineering
Vinh X. Truong, Matthew P. Ablett, Hamish T. J. Gilbert, James Bowen, Stephen M. Richardson, Judith A. Hoyland and Andrew P. Dove
Biomater. Sci., 2014,2, 167-175
DOI: 10.1039/C3BM60159E

Design of Thiol–ene Photoclick Hydrogels Using Facile Techniques for Cell Culture Applications
Lisa A. Sawicki and April M. Kloxin
Biomater. Sci., 2014,2, 1612-1626
DOI: 10.1039/C4BM00187G

Tailoring the surface charge of dextran coated SPIONs for modulated stem cell uptake and MRI contrast
Michael Barrow, Arthur Taylor, Daniel J. Nieves, Lara K. Bogart, Pranab Mandal, Christopher M. Collins, Lee R. Moore, Jeffrey J. Chalmers, Raphaël Lévy, Steve R. Williams, Patricia Murray, Matthew J. Rosseinsky and Dave J. Adams
Biomater. Sci., 2015,3, 608-616
DOI: 10.1039/C5BM00011D

Cell-derived matrices for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine applications
Lindsay E. Fitzpatrick and Todd C. McDevitt
Biomater. Sci., 2015,3, 12-24
DOI: 10.1039/C4BM00246F

Electrospinning and Additive Manufacturing: Converging Technologies
Paul D. Dalton, Cédryck Vaquette, Brooke L. Farrugia, Tim R. Dargaville, Toby D. Brown and Dietmar W. Hutmacher
Biomater. Sci., 2013,1, 171-185
DOI: 10.1039/C2BM00039C

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2015 World Stem Cell Summit & RegMed Capital Conference

2015 World Stem Cell Summit & RegMed Capital Conference
December 10-12, 2015
Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

The 11th annual World Stem Cell Summit and RegMed Capital Conference is organized by Genetics Policy Institute (GPI) & the Regenerative Medicine Foundation with the Georgia Center for Regenerative Engineering & Medicine (Georgia Tech, University of Georgia & Emory University), Mayo Clinic, Kyoto University Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS), BioBridge Global, New York Stem Cell Foundation and Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine. The Summit forges collaborations to advance cell therapies, while creating a supportive environment of regulation, legislation, financing, reimbursement and patient advocacy.

Featuring over 250+ speakers, including Biomaterials Science co-Editor-in-Chief Norio Nakatsuji, Anthony Atala, and Todd McDevitt, and 65+ hours of Programming.  Tracks include:

Discovery, Translation & Clinical Trials * Innovation Showcase for Cell Manufacturing, Regenerative Engineering & BioBankingRegenerative Applications & ServicesRegMed Capital ConferenceEthics Law & SocietyHot Topics & Future Trends

The RegMed Capital Conference (RMCC) showcases 30+ regenerative medicine company presentations to the investment community. Also included are expert discussions related to funding sources, case studies & trials, IP advice, forecasts and investor insights.

The Summit includes compelling keynotes, plenary sessions, focus sessions. The diverse three-day program includes Expert Lunch Discussion roundtables; a centrally located Exhibit Hall, an Interdisciplinary Poster Forum, The Stem Cell Action Awards Dinner; as well as many networking and partnering opportunities.

View 2014 World Stem Cell Report Table of Content: Acces comprehensive information on the global stem cell research landscape, including articles on key issues affecting translational research.

Register and become a sponsor now.

Poster Abstract Deadline: November 20.  You can submit your abstracts here.

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Announcing our newest Advisory Board member: Arabinda Chaudhuri

We are delighted to announce that Professor Arabinda Chaudhuri has joined the Advisory Board of Biomaterials Science.

Dr. Chaudhuri is currently Chief Scientist in the Biomaterials Group, LST DIV, CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, India, having pursued his post-doctoral research at Harvard Medical School, USA (1991-1994). His group designs efficient receptor specific liposomal drug and gene delivery systems for use in anti-angiogenic cancer therapy and dendritic cell based cancer immunotherapy. He has published over 50 papers in a variety of leading journals such as Biomaterials, Journal of Controlled Release, Chemical Society Reviews and Journal of the American Chemical Society. He was elected as Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences in January, 2008.

Dr Chaudhuri  brings a wealth of expertise and we are excited to have him join the International Advisory Board of Biomaterials Science.

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Top 10 Most-accessed Biomaterials Science articles – Q2 2015

This month sees the following articles in Biomaterials Science that are in the top ten most accessed from April – June 2015:

The synergistic effect of a hybrid graphene oxide–chitosan system and biomimetic mineralization on osteoblast functions
D. Depan, T. C. Pesacreta and R. D. K. Misra
Biomater. Sci., 2014,2, 264-274
DOI: 10.1039/C3BM60192G

Smart hydrogels as functional biomimetic systems
Han L. Lim, Yongsung Hwang, Mrityunjoy Kar and Shyni Varghese
Biomater. Sci., 2014,2, 603-618
DOI: 10.1039/C3BM60288E

The development, characterization, and cellular response of a novel electroactive nanostructured composite for electrical stimulation of neural cells
D. Depan and R. D. K. Misra
Biomater. Sci., 2014,2, 1727-1739
DOI: 10.1039/C4BM00168K

Electrospinning and additive manufacturing: converging technologies
Paul D. Dalton, Cédryck Vaquette, Brooke L. Farrugia, Tim R. Dargaville, Toby D. Brown and Dietmar W. Hutmacher
Biomater. Sci., 2013,1, 171-185
DOI: 10.1039/C2BM00039C

Stimuli-responsive functionalized mesoporous silica nanoparticles for drug release in response to various biological stimuli
Xin Chen, Xiaoyu Cheng, Alexander H. Soeriyadi, Sharon M. Sagnella, Xun Lu, Jason A. Scott, Stuart B. Lowe, Maria Kavallaris and J. Justin Gooding
Biomater. Sci., 2014,2, 121-130
DOI: 10.1039/C3BM60148J

Mesoporous silica nanoparticles for the design of smart delivery nanodevices
Montserrat Colilla, Blanca González and María Vallet-Regí
Biomater. Sci., 2013,1, 114-134
DOI: 10.1039/C2BM00085G

Design of thiol–ene photoclick hydrogels using facile techniques for cell culture applications
Lisa A. Sawicki and April M. Kloxin
Biomater. Sci., 2014,2, 1612-1626
DOI: 10.1039/C4BM00187G

Cell-derived matrices for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine applications
Lindsay E. Fitzpatrick and Todd C. McDevitt
Biomater. Sci., 2015,3, 12-24
DOI: 10.1039/C4BM00246F

DNA origami technology for biomaterials applications
Masayuki Endo, Yangyang Yang and Hiroshi Sugiyama
Biomater. Sci., 2013,1, 347-360
DOI: 10.1039/C2BM00154C

Hydrogel scaffolds as in vitro models to study fibroblast activation in wound healing and disease
Megan E. Smithmyer, Lisa A. Sawicki and April M. Kloxin
Biomater. Sci., 2014,2, 634-650
DOI: 10.1039/C3BM60319A

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Shining light on lung alveoli using photodegradable PEG hydrogels

Brian Aguado highlights a recent hot article in Biomaterials Science

When I was in elementary school, I remember having lots of fun making papier-mâché piñatas.  To form a spherical, hollow structure, I would inflate a balloon and layer papier-mâché on top. Once the papier-mâché dried, I popped the balloon with great satisfaction to leave behind a hollow sphere, which I then painted and filled with candy to complete my piñata. The best part of the whole process was enjoying the candy.

The Anseth Lab at the University of Colorado in Boulder has developed a clever biomaterials technique that reminds me of my favorite arts & crafts activity. In their Biomaterials Science paper Katherine Lewis et al. describe how they used photodegradable PEG microspheres (analogous to balloons) coated with lung epithelial cells (analogous to papier-mâché) to generate cyst structures that mimic lung alveoli in vitro. In alveoli, lung epithelial cells form tight junctions to create a barrier between the airway and blood vessels. To appropriately model this barrier in vitro, the photodegradable microspheres were functionalized with the adhesive peptide CRGDS to allow epithelial cell attachment to the surface of the microsphere. Subsequently, cell-coated microspheres were encapsulated in a PEG hydrogel with stiffness similar to lung tissue, which was functionalized with CRGDS and enzymatically-cleavable peptide cross-linkers. Finally, the photodegradable microspheres were degraded away with cell-compatible light to form cysts, similar to popping the balloon when making a piñata. The cells forming the spherical cysts retained their tight junctions because they also adhered to the surrounding encapsulating hydrogel. The morphology and cell–cell junctions of the cysts were elegantly characterized with confocal microscopy and immuno-staining to demonstrate barrier formation. These 3D models of alveolar cysts demonstrate yet another unique application of photodegradable PEG hydrogels. These cysts may be used to develop models of diseases including pulmonary fibrosis for in vitro screening of potential therapeutics. Discovering treatments to lung-associated diseases using this technology in the future would certainly be a sweeter success than enjoying candy from a piñata.

Check out the June cover article here: In vitro model alveoli from photodegradable microsphere templates by Katherine J.R. Lewis, Mark W. Tibbitt, Yi Zhao, Kelsey Branchfield, Xin Sun, Vivek Balasubramaniam, and Kristi S. Anseth


Brian AguadoDr. Brian Aguado (@BrianAguado) completed his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University as an NSF fellow in 2015. He holds a B.S. degree in Biomechanical Engineering from Stanford University and a M.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University. Read more about Brian’s research publications here.


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Polymers in Medicine and Biology

We are pleased to announce the Polymers in Medicine and Biology meeting to be held in Sonoma Wine Country, California, USA between September 14 – 17, 2015.

The meeting, co-organised by Buddy Ratner (University of Washington, USA), Kathryn Uhrich (Rutgers University, USA) and Judy Riffle (Virginia Tech, USA), will cover a broad range of topics over the 4 days, including advances in drug delivery, novel polymeric biomaterials, surfaces and biointerfaces, and implants and implantable materials.

The programme features a range of top speakers including Biomaterials Science Editor-in-Chief Phil Messersmith, Ali Khademhosseini, Joseph DeSimone, Martina Stenzel, David Grainger and Yukio Nagasaki.

The registration deadline is Monday August 3 2015.

Full location: Hilton Sonoma Wine Country, Santa Rosa, California, USA

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