welcome to the homepage of BiomaTiCS, a focus program of the Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz.
Biomaterials - foreign materials that come in contact with the biological tissue of the human body - pervade all aspects of modern medicine, both in preventive and therapeutic healthcare. They play an important role in medical devices, drug delivery systems and diagnostic techniques. In recent years functional replacement of damaged tissues and organs with artificial implants has become a widespread therapeutic option to treat various medical conditions. Because biomaterials are intended to be in contact with the human body, they must be biocompatible, and either biodegradable (e.g. soluble sutures, scaffolding for engineered tissues, etc.) or biodurable (e.g. hip replacements, dental implants, pacemakers, etc.)
Despite of advancements in material design and surgical techniques, medical device-related clinical problems like inflammation, rejection of implants, foreign body granulomas, excessive scar formation, lack of (or excessive) adhesion, material degradation, infection and toxicity (esp. nano-particle-related) are very common.
To tackle these problems the research focus program BiomaTiCS (Biomaterials, Tissues and Cells in Science) works as an interdisciplinary network of material scientists and medical researchers, who are interested in understanding and modulating the complex interactions between biological systems and artificial or biogenic materials.
On the following pages you have the opportunity to get acquainted with the latest developements in our scientific research, current projects, events and publications.
Yours Prof. Dr. Dr. Bilal Al-Nawas
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
University Medical Center Mainz