284682 Dynamic Biomaterials for Chronic Wound Healing

Monday, October 29, 2012: 2:36 PM
Cambria West (Westin )
Benjamin D. Almquist1, Steven Castleberry2 and Paula T. Hammond2, (1)Department of Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, (2)Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

The wound healing process is an intricate integration of overlapping events involving a multitude of cells, cytokines, and extracellular matrix components. In healthy individuals, this process is generally carried out to completion, resulting in timely wound resolution. However, elderly individuals and those suffering from diseases such as obesity and diabetes display an increased risk of disruption in this process, resulting in non-healing chronic wounds. While growth factor therapy has demonstrated a limited ability to promote chronic wound healing, the current therapeutic modalities do not accurately recreate the natural wound healing process. Here, I will discuss the development new therapeutic dressings that more accurately recreate the dynamic signaling observed in vivo. By using layer-by-layer technology, I will show the ability to modulate the temporal delivery of multiple growth factors that have been implicated in wound healing. Furthermore, the impact of these dressings on an in vivo chronic wound healing model will be discussed.

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