Lecture title: From bench to bedside: a biofabrication perspective in tissue engineering research and its clinical application.
Dr. Yilin Cao is a Professor of Plastic Surgery at Shanghai 9th People’s Hospital affiliated to Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine. He graduated from Shanghai Second Medical University with a MD degree in 1975 and with a PhD degree in 1991. He currently serves as Vice Dean of Shanghai 9th People’s Hospital, Chairman of Plastic Surgery Department, Directors of National Tissue Engineering Center of China and Shanghai Institute of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. In 1991, Dr. Cao was funded by American Plastic Surgery Education Foundation to go to United States for clinical training as a visiting Professor. In 1992, he joined Dr. Jay Vacanti’s Laboratory as a research fellow for tissue engineering research at Children Hospital, Harvard Medical School. His major contribution is the creation of cartilage in the shape of human ear in nude mouse, and thus he received James Barrett Brown Award in 1998 at the meeting of American Association of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Cao later became Assistant Professor at University of Massachusetts, School of Medicine (UAMMS) to work with Dr. Charles Vacanti and has served as lab director, and contributed to tendon, cartilage and bone engineering. He was promoted as Associate Professor of UAMMS in 1996. Dr. Cao returned to China since 1997, established first tissue engineering center in Shanghai. This center has received total funding of 10 million US$ equivalent thus far. Later, he launched two national tissue engineering research projects, which were supported, by The Administration of Science and Technology of China and serves as national leader. His major contributions in this period are the tissue constructions of bone, cartilage, tendon and skin etc, in large animal models. Currently, his center has moved to clinical application of tissue-engineered bone with great success. In 2005, under Chinese national government support, Dr. Cao established National Tissue Engineering in Shanghai. Dr. Cao has gained his international reputation in tissue engineering research and has given more than 30 invited speeches at various international conference. He currently serves as associate editor of Biomaterials, editorial board member of Tissue Engineering, Journal of Biomterial Research, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, International Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery. He serves as the Special World Congress Chair and President-elect of Asia-Pacific Chapter of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society. Dr. Cao was also elected as the fellow of world society of Biomaterials. He has published 50 research papers in international academic journals and contributed chapters to several international textbook.