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Call for papers - Biomaterials and scaffolds for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine

Guest Editors

Gianluca Cidonio, PhD, Center for Life Nano- & Neuro-Science (CLN2S), Italy 
Yanghee Kim, PhD, University of Southampton, UK
Sanjairaj Vijayavenkataraman, PhD, New York University Abu Dhabi, New York University, USA

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 1 September 2024

BMC Methods is calling for submissions to our Collection on Biomaterials and scaffolds for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. We invite submissions on topics such as innovative biomaterials, scaffold design and construction, stem cell-based therapies, 3D printing applications, efficient growth factor delivery systems, immunomodulatory approaches, and disease-specific regenerative strategies.

Meet the Guest Editors

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Gianluca Cidonio, PhD, Center for Life Nano- & Neuro-Science (CLN2S), Italy

Gianluca Cidonio is a Researcher at the Italian Institute of Technology. Dr Cidonio is currently focusing on engineering new approaches for 3D bioprinting purposes, harnessing microfluidic-driven printheads to steer cell differentiation and ultimately tissue analogues functionality. Dr Cidonio has developed a number of approaches to guide skeletal tissue regeneration with custom 3D bioprinting systems, collecting more than 800 citations in less than 6 years. Dr Cidonio research focus is now expanding to new tissues at the interface, guiding the assembly of multiple systems to represent more physiological replicas and models. 

Yanghee Kim, PhD, University of Southampton, UK

Yanghee Kim received her PhD in Polymer Chemistry from Kyoto University, Japan after her Masters in South Korea. Her research primarily focused on enhancing macrophage recruitment to tissue defects and modulating macrophage phenotypes through drug delivery to expedite the tissue regeneration process. Following her doctoral studies, she joined the University of Southampton, where she collaborated with Prof Jonathan I. Dawson in the development of clay nanoparticles for stem cell-driven tissue regeneration. She also served as a product and process development scientist at the regenerative medicine spin-out company Renovos®. Yanghee's research revolves around developing biomaterials to modulate immune responses for enhancing tissue regeneration.

Sanjairaj Vijayavenkataraman, PhD, New York University Abu Dhabi, New York University, USA

Professor Vijay’s research focus includes 3D printing and bioprinting for tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, drug testing, and medical devices. He was featured on the world’s top 2% list of scientists published by Stanford University and Elsevier in 2021, 2022 and 2023. He holds editorial positions and serves as editorial board member of several reputed international journals including Bioprinting (Elsevier), Artificial Organs (Wiley), and International Journal of Bioprinting. His works include conductive scaffolds for neural tissue engineering, bioprinting of bi-layer functional human skin constructs, architected meta-materials-based design of bone implants for better biomimicry, and development of novel bio-inks for bioprinting of soft tissues. He was the recipient of several prestigious awards including the President’s Graduate Fellowship for his doctoral studies at the National University of Singapore, Raman Memorial Award, The Sachivothama Sir C.P. Ramasamy Aiyar Scholarship, and WISE (Working Internships in Science and Engineering) from DAAD Germany. He was also part of several life sciences and biomedical industry-oriented programs such as Singapore Stanford Biodesign (SSB) Innovation Class, NUS Lean Launch Pad Singapore (modelled after NSF I-Corps program), and P&G Serial Innovator Camp.

About the Collection

The field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine offers innovative solutions for repairing or replacing damaged tissues and organs, as well as fabricating tissue models for drug discovery purposes. At the core of these advancements lies the pivotal role of biomaterials and scaffolds, serving as the foundations upon which new tissues are constructed. In this Collection, Biomaterials and scaffolds for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, BMC Methods will showcase the efforts driving this field forward, from advancements in biomaterial (natural, native, and synthetic) development, disease modeling approaches and scaffold design to the translation of laboratory discoveries into clinical applications.

We welcome submissions on a wide range of topics, including but not limited to: 

  • Novel biomaterials for tissue engineering
  • Scaffold design, fabrication, and characterization
  • Biomaterials for stem cell-based therapies
  • 3D printing in tissue engineering
  • Bioactive materials and growth factor delivery systems
  • Immunomodulatory approaches in regenerative medicine
  • Biocompatibility and safety assessments
  • Disease modeling
  • Disease-specific regenerative strategies

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Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of original Methodology and Protocol Articles. Should you wish to submit a different article type, please read our submission guidelines to confirm that type is accepted by the journal. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp. During the submission process you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select "Biomaterials and scaffolds for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine" from the dropdown menu.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.