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 ISSN:1473-2262         NLM:100973416 (link)         DOI:10.22203/eCM

Special Issues

eCM Special issues are focussed on hot topics in research within the scope of eCM. The special issues have invited guest editors from the topic area and run within the focussed themes. eCM special issues allow both invited papers (including reviews, tutorial papers, letter to the editor) and open submitted research papers. All papers (invited and open submitted) undergo full peer review. Special Issues' manuscripts can be submitted until the indicated deadline but will be published immediately upon acceptance. All accepted manuscripts will receive a 25% discount on the Article Processing Charge (APC), i.e. 750CHF instead of 1000CHF.


Disc Biology

The Disc Biology Special Issue intends to extend our current understanding of intervertebral disc (IVD) biology, physiology and pathology, highlight recent research on new diagnostic markers and therapeutic approaches as well as address the application of advanced models and tools to improve our capabilities in IVD research and development. Topics include but are not limited to: Basic (cell and matrix) biology; disease/pain mechanisms; biomechanics; tissue engineering; biomaterials and delivery systems; cell therapy; molecular therapy; biomarkers; imaging techniques; inflammation and immune modulation; annulus fibrosus repair; endplate changes; degeneration models.

Topics include but are not limited to: Basic (cell and matrix) biology, disease/pain mechanisms, biomechanics, tissue engineering, biomaterials and delivery systems, cell therapy, molecular therapy, biomarkers, imaging techniques, inflammation and immune modulation, annulus fibrosus repair, endplate changes, degeneration models.

Submission deadline: 30th of September 2020

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Dental Regenerative Biology

This Special Issue intends to provide a comprehensive overview of how dental tissues respond to destructive insults, highlight the cues that are involved in their regeneration and report on the most recent developments in dental regeneration involving a combination of tissue engineering and stem-cell biology. We encourage researchers to contribute to this Special Issue with original research and review articles that could stimulate the continuous efforts to understand dental regenerative biology. We are also interested in articles dealing with potentially novel treatment strategies in dental tissue regeneration.

Keywords: Teeth, dental pulp, periodontium, alveolar bone, stem cells, tissue engineering, injury, tissue regeneration, microfluidics, organoids.

Submission deadline: 31st of December 2020

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Bone Healing

Although the regenerative capacity of bone is impressive, its failure to heal in certain circumstances continues to present clinical problems despite the high volume of multi-disciplinary research in this area. Approaches to improve bone formation in a clinically useful manner are drawn from many areas including biology, materials science, engineering, chemistry, physics and veterinary medicine. This special issue aims to advance the field by bringing these diverse approaches together in a single volume. Researchers studying any aspect of bone healing are encouraged to submit contributions to this Special Issue of eCM in honour of Professor Stephan Perren. Articles describing original research and incisive, analytical reviews are both welcome.

Keywords: Osteogenesis, fracture healing, segmental defect, fixation, osseointegration, dynamisation, biomaterial, scaffold, osteo-immunology, stem-progenitor cell, angiogenesis, growth factor, gene therapy.

Submission deadline: 1st of November 2020

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Orthopaedic Infection

Orthopaedic infections, including fracture-related infection (FRI), peri-prosthetic joint infection (PJI), septic arthritis and osteomyelitis, remain amongst the most challenging complications in orthopaedic and musculoskeletal surgery. These infections have been convincingly shown to delay healing, worsen functional outcome and incur significant socio-economic costs.

Keywords: Osteomyelitis, Staphylococcus aureus, antibiotic, local delivery, microbiome, bone, fracture-related infection (FRI), peri-prosthetic joint infection (PJI).

Submission deadline: 31st of December 2020

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