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International Bioprinting Congress: DeCoster presentation on 3D and 2D advances
The International Bioprinting Congress taking place between July 24-25 at the Biopolis Research and Development Center in Singapore will feature leading international scientists who will share insights into the latest developments and techniques in 3D bioprinting. Advances that will be featured will include additive manufacturing of tissues and biofabrication, scaffolds and biomaterials for tissue engineering, biological laser printing, biological inkjet printing, and research into achieving synergy by fusion of bio-additive and micro manufacturing.

Among the invited speakers will be Dr. Mark DeCoster, the James E. Wyche III Endowed Professor in Biomedical Engineering at Louisiana Tech University. Dr DeCoster is an eminent scientist who has published 60 peer-reviewed papers, generating over 1,750 citations. He will present a lecture titled, “Bioprinting interfaces for 2D and 3D cell and tissue models.” This will highlight the work of Dr DeCoster’s lab in developing a novel, matrix-free method for generating 3D cell spheroids. This combines knowledge from bioprinting methods on 2D surfaces to link 3D cellular structures.

Dr DeCoster explains the potential for 3D bioprinting techniques in biology and medicine: “The cells of our bodies exist in both a three dimensional (3D) environment, which is rounder, as well as places that are more two dimensional (2D) or flattened…What is so new and exciting about 3D printers in the biomedical sciences and engineering is that we can now enable our imagination to convert a good idea into something that is printable and testable in 3D, and could have significant impacts on human health…3D printers are now replicating materials that are compatible with biology and medicine such as delivery of drugs to fight off cancer or growth-promoting materials that can be used for tissue engineering to heal a wound or repair a damaged part of the body.”

Dr DeCoster’s lab uses 3D printers to generate cell-compatible building blocks which they then use to study cell groups in both 3D and 2D. Dr DeCoster clarifies the relevance of this: “We feel this is important because we need to understand how to put cells together to grow better tissues or repair them, and also to understand how damaged or diseased cells behave…We need to understand both the 2D and 3D environments since different parts of the body use different materials to function, and this complexity of materials will most likely also be needed in bioprinting…In my presentation at the International Bioprinting Congress, I look forward to sharing the research we’re doing at Louisiana Tech on how normal cells of the brain as well as cancer cells (such as in brain tumors), can be studied using materials from 3D printers and how we combine those materials with cells.”


Press release: Louisiana Tech University; available at [Accessed 22 July 2014]
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