This course serves as an introductory description and as a critical assessment of the major issues related to Tissue Engineering (TE). Students will acquire the required theoretical knowledge to understand all the involved multidisciplinary issues (including Engineering) on the improvement, regeneration or replacement of existing/damaged/malfunctioning biological tissues and human organs. A employed perspective considers the mutual interactions between the 3 main pillars of TE: cells, biomaterials and signaling/bioactive substances. Other recent approaches will be covered such as surface nanotechnology, nanotechnology on the fabrication of TE scaffolds, cell culture and TE bioreactors will be also covered. Laboratorial skills will be improved by carrying out of several specific laboratorial activities and by the attendance/participation to other Lab demonstrations. Experts in several TE areas will be invited to present special Seminars.
Theoretical component: introduction to Tissue Engineering (TE): introduction; history and scope; applications; new perspectives and trends. Fundamentals of TE: biomaterials, cells and signaling; extracellular matrices? structures and functions; cell/biomaterial interactions, cell adhesion; biocompatibility; inflammatory/immune responses. TE scaffolds: chemical, physical and biological properties; delivery of signaling substances; polymeric, inorganic and composite scaffolds: scaffolds fabrication methods and nanotechnologies. TE bioreactors: introduction; cell culture; bioreactors for TE; examples/applications.
Laboratorial component: experimental lab works on different course themes will be performed. Laboratorial demonstrations will be also performed (by teachers and with the help from research students). Experts in several TE areas will be invited to present several specific Seminars.
Generic skills to reach
. Competence in analysis and synthesis; . Competence to solve problems; . Critical thinking; . Competence in applying theoretical knowledge in practice; . Research skills; . Competence in oral and written communication; . Competence for working in group; . Competence to communicate with people who are not experts in the field; . Adaptability to new situations; . Initiative and entrepreneurial spirit; (by decreasing order of importance)
Teaching hours per semester
total of teaching hours
Bibliography of reference
R. Lanza, R. Langer, J. Vacanti, (Eds), Principles of Tissue Engineering, 3rd Ed, Academic Press, Elsevier, The Netherlands, 2007
J.P. Fisher, A.G. Mikos, J.D. Bronzino, (Eds), Tissue Engineering, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, USA, 2007
C.T. Laurencin, L.S. Nair, (Eds), Nanotechnology and Tissue Engineering, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, USA, 2008
A. Atala, R. Lanza, J.A. Thomson, R.M. Nerem, (Eds), Principles of Regenerative Medicine, Academic Press, Elsevier, The Netherlands, 2008
R. Barbucci (Ed), Integrated Biomaterials Science, Kluwer Academic Publishers, NY, USA, 2002
B.D. Ratner, A.S. Hoffman, F.J. Schoen, J.E. Lemons, (Eds), Biomaterials Science: An Introduction to Materials in Medicine, 2nd Ed, Academic Press, Elsevier, The Netherlands, 2004
J. Park, R.S. Lakes, Biomaterials. An Introduction, 3rd Ed, Springer Science, NY, USA, 2007
Outra bibliografia poderá ser indicada durante as aulas da disciplina/Other bibliographic materials may be provided during course classes.
Theoretical classes: oral exposition, using audiovisual support materials and internet access. Theoretical concepts will be accompanied and supported by application examples and case studies.
Laboratorial classes: activities pre-preparation, teaching supervision on laboratorial tasks/procedures. Students organized in groups.
Laboratorial demonstrations on some selected issues, to be performed by teachers with the help of research students. Special Seminars will be scheduled which will be presented by specialist guest lecturers.
- Sala equipada com meios audiovisuais - Sala com recursos computacionais e acesso a Internet - Laboratório de biomateriais equipado com meios de síntese e caracterização de materiais