Teaching Cources

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Introduction to Biomaterials

This course designed to provide students with basic principles of biomaterials science, linking them to the fundamental properties of metals, polymers, ceramics and composites to the unique advantages and limitations in biomedical applications. This course also presents a wide range of strategies for clinical success such as studying cellular interactions, surface modification techniques, controlled delivery systems and tissue engineering applications, giving students practical insights into the real world challenges associated with biomaterials engineering. This course allows the students to quickly and easily understand the basic definitions and transfer their knowledge to the most recent challenging subjects in the field to better consider future possibilities for high-tech products. At the end of the course, the students should identify and understand main terms largely used in the literature, basic properties of various materials, and correctly associate them with biomedical applications.

Recommended textbook

Recommended textbook
Introduction to Biomaterials:
Basic Theory with Engineering Applications
Edited by: Gopinath Mani, Joo L. Ong, and Mark R. Appleford
Cambridge University Press (2013)
ISBN: 9780521116909.



Controlled Drug Delivery Systems

This course designed to focus on the performance of drugs in different systems, providing the students with the basic principals of different delivery mechanisms. This course also presents a broad overview of advanced controlled-drug delivery and targeting, which introduces the terminology and various key concepts pertinent to this subject. It is known that the traditional ways of taking a drug, such as a pill or injection, often results in plasma drug levels that cycle between too high and too low. As a consequence, increasing attention has been focused on methods of giving drugs continually for prolonged time periods and in a controlled fashion. In other word, to better maintain the drug levels in an effective range, a variety of systems can be suggested that release drugs at a steady rate for days or even years. During this course, the students better get in touch with the recent advances in the art and science of controlled release technology to assess the prospects and directions of future developments.

Recommended textbook

Recommended textbook
Drug Delivery and Targeting:
For Pharmacists and Pharmaceutical Scientists
Edited by: Anya M. Hillery, Andrew W. Lloyd, and James Swarbrick
CRC Press (2002)
ISBN: 0415271975.



Biomaterial Surfaces Characterization

This course addresses graduate students interested in getting introduced into the basic aspects of surface properties, surface modification techniques and surface characterization techniques that are relevant for the field of biomaterials science. It is important for biomaterials researchers to understand what to and how to characterize different biomaterials either in the surface or bulk. The aim to develop this course was to focus primarily on biomaterials characterization, something that can help students to learn what techniques are good for testing certain properties based on applications and how to do it. This course starts with a focus on techniques that can reveal basic properties such as atomic structures, bonding, chemical interactions, phase identification and transformation, strength and toughness measurements, and property measurements at the surface level. The course ends with learning some basic knowledge on in vitro and in vivo testing of biomaterials, needed before a biomaterial can be considered for clinical trials or in actual device manufacturing.

Recommended textbook

Recommended textbook
Characterization of Biomaterials
Edited by: Amit Bandhyopadhya and Susmita Bose
Edited by: Anya M. Hillery, Andrew W. Lloyd, and James Swarbrick
Elsevier Inc., Newnes (2013)
ISBN: 978-0-12-415800-9.