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Call for abstracts: Computational mechanics of cells, tissues, and biomaterials (ECOMASS 2012)

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Call for Abstracts (Deadline: December 15, 2011)

As a part of ECCOMAS 2012 (European Congress on Computational Methods in Applied Sciences and Engineering)

Submit your Abstract (Choose mini-symposium MS114)

Two important mechanical concepts, namely mechanical force and
motion, play tremendously important roles in the function, growth,
differentiation, and adaptation of different types of living tissues
such as connective and muscle tissues. Due to the highly hierarchical
structure of tissues, the consequences of the mechanical forces and
motions are transferred back and forth along several time and spatial
scales. The mechanical behavior of tissues is therefore studied not only
at the tissue scale but also in relation with cells and proteins in a
multi-scale modeling scheme.

The environment in which cells and tissues lives also plays an
important role. Therefore, the mechanical interactions between cells and
tissues and their surrounding living entities (other cells and tissues)
and/or synthetic biomaterials need to be studied as well. The synthetic
biomaterials may have been used for replacement of some of the tissues
(implants) or regeneration of tissues in the laboratory (scaffolds,

This mini-symposium aims to bring together researchers who study
cells and tissues at different length and time scales using either
single- or multi-scale computational models. The methodology may be
finite element, boundary element, molecular dynamics, or any combination
of these methods. The mini-symposium considers (but is not limited to)
contributions in the following areas of research:

  • Bone mechanics 
  • Cartilage mechanics 
  • Soft tissue mechanics 
  • Bone tissue adaptation and fracture healing 
  • Tissue growth, adaptation, and differentiation including the mechanics of morphogenesis 
  • Patient-specific finite element modeling of tissues 
  • Cytoskeletal mechanics 
  • Scaffold design for optimal tissue regeneration 
  • The mechanics of tissue-implant complexes 
  • Optimal implant design 
  • Model-based
    mechanical characterization of soft and hard tissues including
    computational models developed for nanoindentation, scanning acoustic
    microscopy, etc. 
  • Bone fracture prediction 
  • Optimal design of biomaterials (microstructure, morphology, etc).
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