Processing of biomaterials

The application of biomaterials in the cardiology and neurology fields have given so far, a substantial contribute to the development of implantable and interfaceable devices dedicated to the restoration of a number of cardiac and neural functions. But the use of biomaterials in the context of cardiac or nervous system regenerative medicine is still in its infancy with expected impact both in the framework of tissue engineering, drug delivery and imaging approaches. In parallel with amazing progress in cultivation and use of stem cells, modern biotechnology brings the possibility to obtain numerous types of materials which can support stem cells and help to overcome some major obstacles in the field (e.g. 3D cultures, tissue regeneration guidance, improve the regeneration environment).

The main objective of WG1 is to improve the processing of biomaterials, taking in account the specific needs for application in regenerative cardiology and neurology. This COST Action aims to enhance the cooperation between biomaterials scientists and engineers and establish a link with partners active in stem-cell research and medicine working in the field of cardiovascular and nervous tissue.

The main steps to achieve this are:

  • to exchange knowledge and obtain up-to-date report about current state of the art regarding biomaterials in cardiology and neurology;
  • define new concepts about materials that can be exchanged between fields;
  • exchange experience in processing of biomaterials between cardiology and neurology.
DRG ganglion neurons in microfluidic cultures
Polyester electrospun fibres (preferentially aligned to promote axonal growth)