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1st Edition

Biodegradable Systems in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine

ISBN 9780849319365
Published November 29, 2004 by CRC Press
592 Pages 135 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Conventional materials technology has yielded clear improvements in regenerative medicine. Ideally, however, a replacement material should mimic the living tissue mechanically, chemically, biologically and functionally. The use of tissue-engineered products based on novel biodegradable polymeric systems will lead to dramatic improvements in health care.

The most important materials in development for use in tissue engineering, replacement, and regeneration are based on polymers and on composites reinforced with bioactive ceramics. The first book to address the topic in an integrated manner, Biodegradable Systems in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine presents an extensive description of biodegradable polymers used in medicine and explores their design, development, and processing. The authors discuss the performance of biodegradable systems and the special requirements that should be taken into account when evaluating their biocompatibility. Included are several methodologies for tailoring cell adhesion and proliferation on the surface of biodegradable polymers.

This book represents a coordinated effort by outstanding international experts, and provides an integrated, forward-looking perspective. By joining together the most active groups in the field, the editors offer a unified approach, representing diverse fields of study, to produce a revolution in regenerative medicine.

Table of Contents

Processing and Applications of Biodegradable Systems. Production of Biomimetic Coatings on the Surface of Degradable Polymers. Systems for Controlled Release of Bioactive Agents. Biocompatibility and Immunological Responses to Degradable Biomaterials. Biodegradable Polymers for the Engineering and Regeneration of Different Tissues. Index.

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Reis\, Rui L.; Román\, Julio San


"Written from well-known experts, the book gives a comprehensive overview of all the open and solved problems related to the role played from polymer-based systems in tissue engineering replacement, and regeneration. …it has to be in the library of all the chemical and medical community that has interest or should like to know in a deeper way all the problems linked to this relevant and fascinating topic."
-P. Morganti, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Applied Cosmetology