Designing Novel Nanoscale Ceramics Materials to Interact With Cells and Regenerate Tissues
Forthcoming Institute of Nanotechnology/CERAM Conference on 'Nanoscale Bioceramics in Healthcare and High Performance Ceramics'
At the forthcoming Institute of Nanotechnology/CERAM Conference on ‘Nanoscale Bioceramics in Healthcare and High Performance Ceramics’, to be held in Stoke-on-Trent, UK, on 12/13 October 2011, a panel of leading experts will examine how an increased understanding of the mechanics of cells and the utilisation of highly-versatile nanoscale ceramic and bioglass materials are contributing to exciting advances in regenerative medicine.
Biological systems are built up from nanoscale biomolecules (peptides, proteins, DNA, etc.) to create highly functional and dynamic structures, with complex mechanical properties and a hierarchical organization, ranging from nanometres to micrometres in scale. These structures support diverse biological functions, e.g. cell division, morphogenesis and the organization of tissues, but can also be damaged and altered by disease and trauma.
Understanding these complex biological structures and how they react with novel biomaterials is a key challenge for modern medicine, and constitutes the scientific background to tissue regeneration, nanomedicine, and bioinspired/biomimetic systems. Cells react to man-made implanted materials through interactions at the nanoscale that are modulated by mechanical properties as cells dynamically react to a variety of chemical and mechanical cues, a process known as mechanotransduction. A detailed understanding of these mechanical properties of living cells can facilitate the design of novel nanostructures that combine the functionality, selectivity and biocompatibility necessary to unlock the biology’s innate powers of self-repair.
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