Biomaterials Approaches to Address Health and Healthcare Disparities

Timeslot: Thursday, April 28, 2022 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
Room: Laurel A-B, 4th Floor


The unprecedented nature of the COVID-19 pandemic has reintroduced/continued the conversation about the health inequities that disproportionately affect individuals with social, economic, and/or environmental disadvantages. This session will showcase the current status and future of purposefully designed biomaterials to address both health and healthcare disparities that disproportionately affect individuals with social, economic, and/or environmental disadvantages. The session will begin with a keynote speaker addressing the importance and future of biomaterials in disparity research, followed by short oral presentations. This session will encompass a diverse portfolio of topics including (but not limited to) cheaper alternative materials for medical care in the Global South and remote areas, sex-specific cell-biomaterial interactions, the development of biomaterial in vitro models to study diseases relevant to global health, oral vaccine delivery, and the fabrication of antiviral biomaterials to combat HIV and COVID-19.


Abstracts will be available for download on April 27, 2022.

  • 10:30:00 AM 117. INVITED SPEAKER: Edward Botchwey, Georgia Tech and Emory University

  • 11:00:00 AM 118. Considering Ancestry: Biomaterial Model Systems of Health Disparity, Erika Moore, PhD*, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA

  • 11:15:00 AM 119. 10 Simple Rules in Biomedical Research Design to Ensure Health and Healthcare Equity, Olivia Lanier, PhD*, Mykel Green, PhD, Elizabeth Cosgriff-Hernandez, PhD, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, USA

  • 11:30:00 AM 120. Inflammatory Serum Factors from Aortic Valve Stenosis Patients Drive Sex Differences in Valve Myofibroblasts, Brandon Vogt(1,2)*, Kristi Anseth, PhD(3), Brian Aguado, PhD(1,2); (1)University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA, USA, (2)Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine, La Jolla, CA, USA, (3)University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO, USA

  • 11:45:00 AM 121. A Biosensing Platform Based on Graphene-Gold Nanoparticles for the Rapid Sepsis Diagnosis, Maha Alafeef, PhD(1,2,3)*, Dipanjan Pan, PhD(1,2,3); (1)Bioengineering Department, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, USA, (2)Departments of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine and Pediatrics, Baltimore, MD, USA, (3)Department of Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD, USA

Invited Speaker(s)