Degradable Biomaterials for Tissue Engineering Applications - 3 Day Course

To be scheduled
Time: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Akron Polymer Training Center, Akron, OH 44325-5404, U.S.A.
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