Ballroom AB Prefunction Area


The responses of vascular cells such as endothelial cells and smooth muscle cells to cardiovascular stents and vascular grafts are crucial for determining the success of these devices. The inhibition of smooth muscle cells is important for preventing neointimal hyperplasia while an enhanced endothelial cell growth can prevent late thrombosis.

Coffee Break

Due to disease, degeneration, or trauma, there is a tremendous need to repair damaged tissues and organs. Although surgical replacement can be performed to address this issue, insufficient number of donors greatly limits the applicability of this approach. Therefore, it is essential to develop engineered multifunctional biomaterials to promote tissue regeneration. This symposium will cover tunable biocompatible materials such as hydrogels, fibers, proteins, carbohydrates, nano/micro-porous scaffolds, and metals, to modulate stem cell microenvironments.