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Tissue Engineering, 3rd Edition
The new Tissue Engineering book is out! The 3rd edition is more than ever intended to be used as a textbook at the undergraduate and graduate level in engineering and medical schools. Tissue engineering calls for the interdisciplinary collaboration between engineers, biologist and medical doctors to manufacture tissues and organs to help patients. Therefore, the book is written in a didactical language so entry-level students in engineering and medical schools can learn about the basic concepts and definitions in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. The more in-depth description of the topics is also useful for educational programs at the master level. Tissue Engineering is the first textbook specifically aimed at undergraduate education in the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.
Figure 1. General scheme of the tissue engineer’s toolkit
The book starts with chapters that cover the basic science relevant to tissue engineering, such as stem cells, cell signaling and biomaterial engineering. Later, technology important for tissue engineering is covered in chapters about, for instance, controlled release, microfabrication and bioreactor technology. Then, chapters with applications to specific tissue are presented, such as neural, musculoskeletal or cardiovascular tissue engineering. New chapters have been included such as Chapter 1 which gives an introduction to tissue engineering and how to use the book, and Chapter 6 on synthetic biomaterials and the rationale to design materials that mimic the extracellular matrix. Special attention is given to chapters that discuss the latest progress on scalability of the production of tissue-engineered products (Chapter 20) and the translation of such products in the clinic (Chapter 21).
Figure 2. The most pressing and contemporary problems with tissue-engineered organs and tissues
Each chapter in the book has resources such as figures, glossaries, questions to assess knowledge, and challenge-based learning (CBL) modules, which makes Tissue Engineering a logical choice as basis for developing a curriculum. The resources can be downloaded for free from the deboerlab website. The book quality was achieved thanks to the contribution of nearly 100 leading scientists from Europe, USA, the UK, Asia, Australia and Israel. The editing team consisted of biomedical researchers like Jan de Boer and Clemens van Blitterswijk as editors, and Jorge Alfredo Uquillas and Nusrat Malik as assistant editors. It took the editing team more than two years to revamp the book, but the outcome is amazing!
Figure 3. The structure of each chapter
The editing team wishes to express a heartfelt thank you to all the co-authors who helped generate the chapters. Nothing would have been possible without the authors’ commitment and support. We hope our readers find the book and the resources useful to prepare their lectures and to teach about tissue engineering, biomaterials and regenerative medicine in a fun and comprehensive manner. Finally, we hope this book is well received by the Tissue Engineering community, and we look forward to seeing this book being used by Biomedical Engineering faculties in Dutch universities and medical and engineering universities around the World.
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