Josep Antón Planell

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Since calcium phosphate cements were proposed, several formulations have been developed, some of them commercialised, and they have proven to be very efficient bone substitutes in different applications. Some of their properties, such as the injectability, or the low-temperature setting, which allows the incorporation of different drugs, make them very(More)
Numerous experimental studies have attempted to determine the optimal properties for a scaffold for use in bone tissue engineering but, as yet, no computational or theoretical approach has been developed that suggests how best to combine the various design parameters, e.g. scaffold porosity, Young's modulus, and dissolution rate. Previous research has shown(More)
The development of the new technologies of bone tissue engineering requires the production of bioresorbable macroporous scaffolds. Calcium phosphate cements are good candidate materials for the development of these scaffolds, as an alternative to the traditional porous sintered ceramics. In this work a novel two-step method, based in the foaming of an(More)
Tissue engineering aims to regenerate tissues and organs by using cell and biomaterial-based approaches. One of the current challenges in the field is to promote proper vascularization in the implant to prevent cell death and promote host integration. Bone marrow endothelial progenitor cells (BM-EPCs) and mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are bone marrow(More)
At present, strong requirements in orthopaedics are still to be met, both in bone and joint substitution and in the repair and regeneration of bone defects. In this framework, tremendous advances in the biomaterials field have been made in the last 50 years where materials intended for biomedical purposes have evolved through three different generations,(More)
Mechanical stimuli are one of the factors that affect cell proliferation and differentiation in the process of bone tissue regeneration. Knowledge on the specific deformation sensed by cells at a microscopic level when mechanical loads are applied is still missing in the development of biomaterials for bone tissue engineering. The objective of this study(More)
Regenerative medicine is an emerging multidisciplinary field that aims to restore, maintain or enhance tissues and hence organ functions. Regeneration of tissues can be achieved by the combination of living cells, which will provide biological functionality, and materials, which act as scaffolds to support cell proliferation. Mammalian cells behave in vivo(More)
Calcium phosphate bone cements (CPBCs) are osteotransductive, i.e. after implantation in bone they are transformed into new bone tissue. Furthermore, due to the fact that they are mouldable, their osteointegration is immediate. Their chemistry has been established previously. Some CPBCs contain amorphous calcium phosphate (ACP) and set by a sol-gel(More)
The aim of this work is to investigate the possibility of controlling the final micro and nanostructural features of a calcium phosphate cement by modifying the particle size of the starting powder, and to study the effect of this parameter on the kinetics of the setting reaction. The development of calcium phosphate materials with tailored structures at(More)
Bioprinting allows the fabrication of living constructs with custom-made architectures by spatially controlled deposition of multiple bioinks. This is important for the generation of tissue, such as osteochondral tissue, which displays a zonal composition in the cartilage domain supported by the underlying subchondral bone. Challenges in fabricating(More)