This book presents current trends and developments in the rapidly growing field of biomimetics. It takes an application-oriented approach to reflect the interdisciplinary nature of this field: Experts, from academic as well as professional backgrounds, contribute to this book by describing and presenting state-of-the-art experiments and practical developments. A strong emphasis is put on the various possibility to apply biomimetics in tissue engineering, regenerative surgery, neurosurgery for clinical applications.
About the authors
Meir Israelowitz has worked as a research scientist and later as a research professor at the Institute for Complex Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Since 2003 he works in R&D with Biomimetics Technologies, Inc.
Birgit Weyand is a specialist in plastic, reconstructive and hand surgery and works as senior physician at the Medical School of Hannover, Germany. Her research includes stem cells, bioreactors and biomimetics.
Herb P. von Schroeder works in hand and orthopedic surgery and is a professor at the University of Toronto Medical School. His research focusses on the biology of tendon and bone cells.
Peter P. Vogt, director of the department of plastic, hand and reconstructive surgery and professor at the medical school at Hannover University, is a distinguished expert in wound healing and tissue engineering. In 2007 he was awarded with the German Universities' Annual Award for Innovations in Medicine for the application of spider silk in nerve tissue reconstruction.
Matthias Reuter investigates the theory and application of neuronal networks, stimuli preprocessing-methods . He works in modelling and simulation at the Institute of Informatics of the Technical University Clausthal.