In 1991 the Biomedical Polymers Group of INTEMA started its research activities in polymeric biomaterials. Since its creation, the research activities in biomaterials science and engineering, were mainly focused in biomedical polymers and contribute to the world efforts for life quality improvement. Nowadays, the group forms the Biomedical Polymers Division (BPD). Web site: http://www3.fi.mdp.edu.ar/biomat
The academic formation of highly-qualified human resources in materials science at both undergraduate and graduate levels is one of the main goals of the BPD. Ph.D. theses are developed in the Postgraduate Career of Engineering School of the National University of Mar del Plata or other institutions. The professionals formed in the biomaterials field are a key reference point for the development of the different research lines.
PhD theses developed in the BPD involved the development of antibiotics –loaded acrylic surgical cements, synthesis of bioabsorbable polymers and poly(lactic acid) microspheres, development of bifunctional osseous cements incorporating gentamicin, biostable segmented polyurethanes for ventricular assist devices, re-use and sterilization of biomaterials and polymeric biomedical devices of cardiovascular applications lifetime, and new bioreabsorbable polyurethanes.
Research projects are funded by different national and international grants and funding organizations. Research projects are financially supported by The National University of Mar del Plata, National Research Council (CONICET), National Agency for Scientific and Technological Promotion (ANPCyT), Ministry of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation of Argentina (MINCyT), Scientific Research Commission of Buenos Aires Province (CIC), Antorchas Foundation; and international grants from Organization of American States (OAS), Third World Network of Scientific Organizations (TWNSO), Ibero-american Programme for Science, Technology and Development (CYTED) among others.
Nowadays, the BPD is a national and Latin American reference in the polymeric biomaterials field, focusing its activities on the synthesis, characterization, properties, and processing of biomedical materials for tissue engineering, regenerative medicine and drug delivery applications.
Current research lines:
- Design and preparation of polymeric scaffolds for tissue engineering applications
- Polymeric and composite nanofibers and micro/nanoparticles obtained by electrohydrodynamic processes
- Development of porous matrices and characterization techniques
- Controlled drug delivery systems for regenerative medicine
- Nanoencapsulation and nanocarriers
- Functional textiles with repellent activity
Dr. Gustavo A. Abraham
Dra. Teresita R. Cuadrado