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Sacks, Michael
01-06-2005, 05:42 AM
Symposium on the Mechanics of Growth and Remodeling
In Native and Engineered Tissues

2005 Summer Bioengineering Conference

Vail Cascade Resort and Spa, Vail, Colorado
June 22 - June 26, 2005

Organized by Michael Sacks, Farshid Guilak, and John Criscione

Despite its early success, tissue engineers have faced challenges in
repairing or replacing tissues that serve a predominantly biomechanical
function. An evolving discipline called ''functional tissue
engineering'' seeks to address these challenges. The principles of
functional tissue engineering address biomechanical considerations of
tissue engineering approaches to repair and replacements for
load-bearing structures. The long term in-vivo fate of any engineered
tissue is currently unknown. Clearly, a complete understanding the
in-vivo remodeling process requires multi-length scale approaches.
Further, the degree of cellular function and similarity to the native
tissue has yet to be determined. The focus of this symposium is to
explore how state-of-the-art work in the Mechanics of Growth and
Remodeling in native tissues can be applied to the development of Native
and Engineered Tissues. The symposium will present the latest
theoretical concepts and experimental applications to explore how these
concepts can be applied to Engineered Tissue development. Moreover,
Drs. Holzapfel and Humphrey, Editors of Biomechanics and Modeling in
Mechanobiology (BMMB), have graciously offered a special issue of this
new Journal to publish full length papers derived from the invited
lectures. Please note that the page limits for BMMB are significantly
extended, allowing for more a more complete presentation.


General information:

For abstract instructions and submission information, visit the
conference website at:
http://www.asme.org/divisions/bed/events/summer05.html

Please be sure to contact Dr. Michael Sacks at the address below to
indicate your desire to be part of this Symposium.

Michael S. Sacks, Ph.D.
Department of Bioengineering
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Tel: 412-235-5146
Fax: 412-235-5160
Email: msacks@pitt.edu

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