This special issue of the "Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology" presents much of the research described at the recent 2nd International Tissue Engineering Conference. Held in Crete, Greece as part of the Aegean Conference Series, the 2nd International Tissue Engineering Conference was organized by Dr. Kiki Hellman of the Hellman Group, Dr. John Jansen of the Nijmegen University Medical Center, and Dr. Antonios Mikos of Rice University. The conference brought over 150 researchers from around the world to the Knossos Royal Village Conference Center in Crete from May 22 to 27, 2005. Following the conference program, this issue is divided into seven sections, focusing on stem cells, signals, scaffolds, applied technologies, animal models, regulatory issues, as well as specific tissue engineering strategies. Both original research papers and review papers are presented. The chapters reflect a diverse group of authors, including both clinicians and academicians. Furthermore, the issue contains papers from Europe, Asia, and North America, demonstrating the international component of the conference.
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.