Degradable Biomaterials for Tissue Engineering Applications - 3 Day Course

Dates to be announced
Time: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Akron Polymer Training Center, Akron, OH 44325-5404
Cost: $1,800 USD
CEU's: 2.25
Instructor: Dr. Bill Landis, Dr. Matt Becker, and Dr. Abraham Joy

Course Overview

This three-day course will have a lecture component and a laboratory component. The lectures will cover the synthesis, characterization and fabrication aspects of biodegradable polymers. In addition, the lectures will also cover the fundamentals of cell biology, cell-materials interactions, and tissue engineering in the context of biomaterials. The laboratory component will include cell seeding on scaffolds, electrospinning, polymer extruding, scaffold fabrication, and fundamental cell culture.

Course Outline

  • Synthesis, Characterization and Fabrication:
    1. Synthesis of degradable biomaterials (condensation, ring opening)
    2. Characterization of degradable biomaterials
    3. Properties of degradable biomaterials including crystallinity, water uptake, protein adsorption, and degradation
    4. Measurement of mechanical properties of biomaterials
    5. Method for biomaterials fabrication including electrospinning, salt leaching, and solvent casting.
  • Cell Biology and Tissue Engineering:
    1. Basic cell and extracellular matrix structure
    2. Function of the nucleus, cell cytoplasm, cytoskeletal elements, and cell membranes
    3. Cell-biomaterial surface interactions
    4. Analytical methods for characterizing cellular outputs – PCR, histology
    5. Biomaterials for tissue engineering applications
  • Experimental Component:
    1. Cell seeding on scaffolds
    2. Electrospinning
    3. Polymer extruding
    4. Scaffold fabrication
    5. Fundamental cell culture

Course Registration

General Course Registration:
Download a Printable Registration Form [PDF].

Registration Information:
Registration for a class is due three weeks prior to the scheduled class date.

All registrations must be guaranteed by check, a purchase order number or a credit card, otherwise the registration will not be processed. Checks should be made payable to "The Akron Polymer Training Center" and must include a copy of your completed registration form. COURSE FEES ARE DUE PRIOR TO ATTENDING.

All registrations whether by phone, fax or mail will be confirmed and considered binding and subject to all cancellation policies. If you do not receive a confirmation prior to the class, please call The Akron Polymer Training Center to verify your registration.

Course fee includes classroom instruction, instructional materials, parking permits, continental breakfast, lunch, beverages, and refreshment breaks. Travel and hotel accommodations are not included.


Visit our registration webpage to view our cancellation/withdrawal policies.

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