Engineered Biomaterials for Neural Applications

Timeslot: Friday, April 13, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:30pm
Track: Biomaterials Applications
Room: 206/207


Researchers are constantly developing and applying new biomaterials to challenging problems of the peripheral and central nervous systems. Engineered biomaterials are uniquely positioned for use in creating, testing, and regenerating neural tissue for better in vitro models of injury and disease, therapeutic treatments, understanding neural development, and mapping the brain. This session will focus on cutting edge research in neural biomaterials including fundamental material development through pre-clinical studies. These include big questions surrounding diseases and injuries spanning neurons, astrocytes, oligodendrocytes, microglia, and Schwann cells. Presentations will be highly interdisciplinary at the interfaces of biology, chemistry, materials science, engineering, and neuroscience. Target applications of these materials include neural injury, neurodegenerative diseases, stroke, diagnostics, brain-machine interfaces, and brain cancer.


  • 10:30 a.m. 329. Invited Speaker: Aileen Anderson, PhD, University of California, Irvine

  • 11:00 a.m. 330. Injectable and spatially patterned particle hydrogels for tissue repair, E Sideris*, N Darling, T Segura; University of California, Los Angeles, CA

  • 11:15 a.m. 331. pH responsive self-assembling pentapeptide hydrogels with tunable properties for neural tissue engineering, J Tang*, K Lampe; University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

  • 11:30 a.m. 332. Adult neural stem cell differentiation in IFN? immobilized chitosan hydrogel conduits, H. Baumann*, L. Shriver, N. Leipzig; University of Akron, Akron, OH

  • 11:45 a.m. 333. Nanofibrous Scaffold Mediated Gene Knockdown for Neuronal Differentiation of Human Neural Stem Cells, W Chooi*, W Ong, A Murray, D Nizetic, S Chew; Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Singapore

  • 12:00 noon 334. Hyaluronic Acid-Astrocyte Extracellular Matrix Hydrogels Improve Histological Outcomes following Spinal Cord Injury and Support V2a Interneuron Transplantation, R. Thompson*(1), J. Pardieck(2), L. Smith(3), M. Shoichet(3), S. Sakiyama-Elbert(2); (1)Washington University in St Louis, St Louis, MO, (2)University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, (3)University of Toronto, Toronto, ON

  • 12:15 p.m. 335. The Effects of A Nanofiber-hydrogel Composite on Neuroprotection after Spinal Cord Injury, X. Li*(1), J. Yan(1), C. Zhang(1), M. Seu(1), Y. Nitobe(2), K. Yamane(2), A. Haggerty(2), I. Lasuncion(2), M. Marlow(2), M. Oudega(2), H. Mao(1); (1)Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, (2)University of Miami, Miami, FL

Invited Speaker(s)