A Healthy Start to 2012

The three focus sections of Advanced Healthcare Materials published as part of Advanced Materials in 2011 were well received and formed an excellent basis for our new journal, which you now have before you.

Advanced Healthcare Materials is an interdisciplinary forum for peer-reviewed papers on materials science aimed at promoting human health, and will cover all aspects of materials science in medicine and biotechnology. Advanced Healthcare Materials will feature a full range of article types: Communications, Full Papers, Review Articles, Progress Reports, Research News, and Essays. We will be bringing you the latest developments in cutting-edge research areas such as biomaterials for drug-delivery systems, cancer therapy, tissue engineering, imaging, biosensors and diagnostic tools, personalized medicine, bioelectronics, implantable devices, and much more.

Such an endeavor requires the dedication and cooperation of a strong editorial team. In turn, we rely heavily on the support and advice of our Editorial Advisory Board. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Chairman, Professor Younan Xia, for his tremendous effort and advice in the initial phase of this project. We are highly indebted to the Editorial Advisory Board members for their support and advice: Dan Anderson, Frank Caruso, Warren Chan, Xuesi Chen, Mauro Fer-rari, David Mooney, Christof Niemeyer, Teruo Okano, John Rogers, Molly Stevens, George Whitesides, and Yi Yan Yang. We welcome several new board members and look forward to working further with Kazunari Akiyoshi, Ashutosh Chilkoti, Peter Fratzl, Klaus Jandt, Joerg Lahann, Doo Sung Lee, João F. Mano, Chan Beum Park, Buddy Ratner, Michael Sailor, Hsing-Wen Sung, and Yuliang Zhao.

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Prof. Shoji Takeuchi at the launch reception presenting his Advanced Healthcare Materials section cover.

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We celebrated the launch of Advanced Healthcare Materials at a reception during the recent 2011 Materials Research Society Fall Meeting in Boston. The event was a great success and we appreciated the positive feedback from the attendees who welcomed the timely arrival of Advanced Healthcare Materials and impressed upon us the need for a journal that bridges the gap between materials scientists and clinicians

We are proud to now bring you the exciting inaugural issue of Advanced Healthcare Materials. With the gap between materials scientists and clinicians in mind, it is appropriate that our front cover illustrates a review by Frank Caruso and co-workers of the effects of fundamental physical properties such as molecular geometry and mechanics on in vivo behavior and biological efficacy (page 35). The paper highlights the con-tinued need for multidisciplinary studies that can further our understanding of how to design materials that can fulfill specific roles in bio logical systems.

Two contributions to this issue concentrate on the importance of the technique of electrospinning in the production of biomedical materials. First, in work that is illustrated on the inside cover of this issue (page 10), Younan Xia and co-workers comprehensively review the use of electrospinning in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, from the design, selection, and fabrication of nanofiber-based materials through to their application for the regeneration and repair of biological structures. This Progress Report is complemented by the work of Suwan Jayasinghe and co-workers who report recent progress in bio-electro-spraying and cell electrospinning, which are the subjects of pre-clinical studies that validate new technologies on model organisms such as the Western clawed frog, Xenopus tropicalis (page 27).

Also reviewed in this issue, by Xuesi Chen, are drug- and gene-delivery applications that use stimuli-sensitive micelles, vesicles, nanogels, and hydrogels to take advantage of the self-assembly behaviors that result from the secondary conformations of polypeptides (page 48).

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Editor-in-Chief Dr. José Oliveira at the launch reception.

The back cover of the issue illustrates new nanoassemblies that have been developed by Mauro Ferrari and co-workers that consist of hollow gold nanoshells embedded in porous silicon particles (page 84). The enhanced photothermal properties demonstrated by the nanosystems can be exploited to enhance thermal tumor ablation and thereby be used in the treatment of breast cancer.

A contribution from Wei Shen and co-workers looks at the use of liquid marbles, the study of which is an emerging area in colloid and interface science, as microreactors for biochemical and biological analysis for diagnosis. As an example, the determination of ABO and Rhesus factor blood types of samples using haemagglutination reactions is demonstrated (page 80).


Additionally, we are pleased to include breakthroughs in tissue engineering and cell culture, the application of micro-fluidics to healthcare, diagnostic techniques, protocols for reducing infection in titanium implants, and systems for the sophisticated release of drugs.

As healthcare continues to be a primary concern for mankind, it is a welcome sign that governments and other funding bodies are increasingly investing in research in this area. Materials science will continue to play an ever greater role as researchers search for solutions to challenges in medicine and seek to provide better tools for diagnostics, improved methods for drug delivery and other treatments, and artificial devices and implants to provide a more comfortable standard of living for patients suffering from disease, illness, or injury. We look forward to bringing you developments in this exciting field and their application in the clinical environment.

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Chairman Prof. Younan Xia at the launch reception.

We would like to remind all readers not yet able to access Advanced Healthcare Materials that it will be freely available for all institutions throughout 2012 and 2013. If you cannot yet access the journal at your institution, please ask your librarian to register at http://wileyonlinelibrary.com/newjournals for complimentary online access.

To conclude, we thank our authors for their hard work in bringing us the latest research results, our referees for helping us ensure the highest standards, and you, our readers, for your interest and support.

P.S. For our family of materials science journals, 2011 brought many milestones. We have established a representative editorial office in China, to which José Oliveira has relocated. Together with our colleagues in Beijing, we will complement our main editorial office in Weinheim and our colleagues in our Hoboken (USA) offi ce to ensure top quality service to our authors and readers across the globe and around the clock! Advanced Energy Materials (www.advenergymat.de) has enjoyed a very successful first year as a new journal and will go on to publish twice the number of issues this year. Look out for Advanced Optical Materials (www.advopticalmat.de), an upcoming topical section in Advanced Materials.

Biographical Information

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Dr. José Oliveira Editor-in-Chief

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Dr. Lorna Stimson Deputy Editor