Nanomedicine: Having External Control of Tissue Engineered Materials After Implantation


Webster, Thomas (Hebei University of Technology)


Nanotechnology is now found in almost every aspect in life, from the liposomes that carry COVID-19 vaccines to coatings placed on floors to reduce wear. Over the past 20 years, the use of nanotechnology in medicine has grown from the unknown to now significantly helping to prevent, diagnosis, and treat numerous diseases. This is true for regenerative medicine and tissue engineering as well. Specifically, nanotechnology has been used to create biologically-inspired nanotextures to promote tissue formation, limit infection, and decrease inflammation. It has also been used to create materials whose shape and function can be changed after being implanted into the body. Such materials can be used to straighten the curves of spines for patient suffering from scoliosis, close sphincters in the body such as from the stomach to intestines, increase pressure on juxtaposed bones to promote bone growth, control drug delivery, and so much more. This invited talk will dsicuss all of the promising applications of nanotechnology in tissue engineering, in particular emphasizing in vivo studies and what is needed for the incorporation of nanotechnology into tissue engineering to continue to grow and meet the high demands of medicine in the future.


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