Roadmap on biomaterials for women’s health

Kaitlin Fogg, Ning Hsuan Tseng, Shelly R. Peyton, Pieper Holeman, Shannon Mc Loughlin, John P. Fisher, Allison Sutton, Ariella Shikanov, Juan S. Gnecco, Katrina M. Knight, Emily M. Slaby, Jessica D. Weaver, Nicole N. Hashemi, Yali Zhang, Michael D. House, Brandon J. Vogt, Brian A. Aguado, John C. Bradford, Jennifer L. Robinson, Patricia K. ThomasAnthony G. Lau, Michelle L. Oyen

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The application of engineering tools and techniques to studying women’s health, including biomaterials-based approaches, is a research field experiencing robust growth. Biomaterials are natural or synthetic materials used to repair or replace damaged tissues or organs or replicate an organ’s physiological function. However, in addition to in vivo applications, there has been substantial recent interest in biomaterials for in vitro systems. Such artificial tissues and organs are employed in drug discovery, functional cell biological investigations, and basic research that would be ethically impossible to conduct in living women. This Roadmap is a collection of 11 sections written by leading and up-and-coming experts in this field who review and discuss four aspects of biomaterials for women’s health. These include conditions that disproportionately but not exclusively affect women (e.g. breast cancer), conditions unique to female reproductive organs, in both non-pregnant and pregnant states, and sex differences in non-reproductive tissues (e.g. the cardiovascular system). There is a strong need to develop this exciting field, with the potential to materially influence women’s lives worldwide.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number012501
JournalJPhys Materials
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • biomaterials
  • breast cancer
  • reproductive organs
  • sex differences
  • women’s health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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