Courses for Graduate Students
Drug-Eluting Biomedical Devices
This course focuses on the engineering aspects of drug delivery systems and includes four main parts:
Bioresorbable polymers: poly(a- hydroxy acids), polyorthoesters and polyanhydrides, and their structure, properties and degradation mechanisms.
Preparation methods of drug delivery systems: solution processing, melt processing, and emulsion processing.
Drug delivery mechanisms and related mathematical models for describing various types of release kinetics.
Specific examples for drug eluting systems: antibiotics eluting systems, release of proliferative agents and protein delivery from tissue engineering scaffolds.
Natural-Based Polymers for Biomedical Applications
Polymers from natural sources are particularly useful as biomaterials and in regenerative medicine, due to their similarity to the extracellular matrix and other polymers in the human body.
This course reviews both new and well known natural-based biomedical polymers, together with their applications as implantable biomaterials, scaffolds for tissue engineering and controlled release carriers. It includes the sources , processing and properties of various polysaccharides and proteins, as well as methods for surface modification to improve their functionality. Special emphasis will be given to collagen, gelatin, alginate and soy protein.
Courses for Undergraduate Students
This course gives basic concepts of the Materials world and their application in the biomedical field. Its first part includes an introduction about the characteristics of materials science and examples for applications in the medical field, mechanical properties of materials, the crystal structure of materials and defects in the crystal lattice, fracture and mechanical fatigue, and surface characteristics of materials. The second part focuses on phase diagrams, Fe-C diagram, TTT diagrams and thermal treatments. The third part focuses on metal implants ceramic and polymeric materials in medicine, as well as on degradation in biologic environment.
Polymeric Biomaterials and Their Biocompatibility
This course focuses mainly on synthetic polymers that have been developed for biomedical applications. The first part focuses on bioresorbable polymers, their degradation mechanisms and multifunctional implants and scaffolds based on these polymers, as well as on hydrogels, drug delivery systems and polymers processing techniques.
The second part focuses on specific polymer- based biomedical applications such as bioadhesives and medical sealants, wound dressings and skin substitutes, artificial blood vessels, stable and degradable sutures, and incorporation of biological materials in polymeric systems.