From 2D biology

to engineered 3D medical solutions

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University of Nova Gorica (UNG), Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), and National Institute of Biology (NIB) are organizing a summer course in state-of-the-art science and technologies used in designing therapeutic solutions for human medicine entitled From 2D biology to engineered 3D medical soluitions. The course will be held between August 23rd-31st, 2013 at the palace Lanthieri in Vipava, Slovenia and is the sixth course in the series of courses offered by the International Summer School.The intensive one-week course is structured as a dynamic laboratory and lecture course that includes the complete array of biological and medical perspectives from fundamental basic biology of stem cells and mechanisms of regeneration through designing biomaterial-based tissue constructs for trans-plantation, as in vitro models and as diagnostic devices. The course will take place at the new home of the UNG’s Center for Biomedical Sciences and Engineering located in palace Lanthieri in Vipava, Slovenia and will conclude with a symposium at the Marine Biology Station in Piran, Slovenia.


The course is designed for postdoctoral fellows, newly independent scientists, graduate students, and advanced senior undergraduate students who are seeking training in the state-of-the-art research strategies and methods needed to pursue studies in regenerative biology and tissue engineering. The number of participants is limited to 20 and admission to the course is competitive

Lectures and laboratory work will focus on understanding the importance of cells and scaffold components in designing 3D engineered solutions and will include the following topics:

  • Stem cell biology and induced differentiation
  • Genetically modifying cells to achieve desired function
  • Cell derived extracellular matrix
  • Biomaterials
  • 3D scaffold design
  • Modification of scaffold surfaces
  • Bioreactors
  • Designing in vitro tissue models
  • Nanomaterials and targeted drug delivery

Principles and methods of engineering and life sciences will be applied towards the development of biological substitutes to restore, maintain, or improve tissue function. Engineered tissues of sufficiently high fidelity can help address the growing problem of tissue and organ failure by implanting a cell-based tissue substitute that can provide immediate functionality and the capacity to integrate with surrounding host issues. Engineered tissues can also serve as physiologically relevant models for controlled in vitro studies designed to interrogate the factors and mechanisms associated with tissue development and function. The combination of powerful tools offered by engineering (such as complex scaffold designs, surface decoration with bioactive molecules, bioreactors tailored to precisely control the cellular microenvironment and provide specific signals at specific times) combined with understanding of cell-specific functions will be the cornerstone of future biomedical engineering efforts.

We hope to see you at the Course in August 2013!





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