The Bioengineering, Technology, and Surgical Sciences (BTSS) Study Section reviews grant applications in the interdisciplinary fields of surgery and bioengineering to develop innovative medical instruments, materials, processes, implants, and devices to diagnosis and treat disease and injury. Within BTSS there is a balance between basic, translational, and clinical research and application and development of emerging cross-cutting technologies relevant to surgical systems.
- Design, development and evaluation of surgical devices using animal models and human studies, including endo-surgical procedures, catheter-based surgery, minimally invasive surgery, microsurgical procedures, and robotics.
- Regenerative medicine and wound healing, including the development of advanced tools and techniques, in the design, construction, and function of cellular and tissue-engineered constructs for surgical based interventions
- Computational and mathematical modeling or simulations related to surgical interventions
- Development of point of care implantable or wearable physiological monitoring and measurement devices
- There are shared interests with BNVT in the engineering of cellular and tissue constructs/scaffolds, stem cell-based regeneration, implantable devices for drug delivery and nanotherapeutics, biosensors, MEMS devices, microarrays, etc. Applications in these areas working with neural or ocular cells/tissues or in the contexts of nervous or visual system function/repair are appropriate for BNVT review. Applications in the areas of ocular surgery and neurological surgery including robotics, neurovascular fluid dynamics, and brain aneurysm or hydrocephalic stent design are appropriate for BTSS review.
- There are shared interests with MTE in the areas of biomechanical engineering, tissue engineering for muscle and bone, and scaffolding and materials for wound repair. Applications which focus on repair of damaged musculoskeletal tissues are appropriate for MTE. Applications which focus on these topics in the context of translational or surgical setting are typically assigned to BTSS.
- There are shared interests with ISD in instrumentation, micro devices and microfluidics. Applications that have a substantial engineering or hardware component development are typically assigned to ISD. Applications that focus on developing and/or testing medical instrumentation, sensors, and bioanalytical tools for a translational or clinical setting, particularly in a surgical setting, are typically assigned to BTSS.
- There are shared interests with BMBI in the areas of tissue engineering, nanoparticle and drug delivery, and biosensor evaluation. Applications which focus on the theory, principles, design and synthesis of biomaterials as well as characterization of new or existing materials are appropriate for BMBI. Applications which focus on these topics in a translational or clinical setting, particularly surgery, are typically assigned to BTSS
- There are shared interests with NANO in the areas of nanotechnology related to gene and drug delivery and nanodevices. Applications which focus on the design, synthesis, and development of nanostructures, nanodevices, and nanosystems for various biological/biomedical applications are appropriate for NANO. Applications which focus on these areas in the context of a translational or clinical setting, particularly surgery, are typically assigned to BTSS.
- There are shared interests with MABS in the areas of computer modelling and simulations. Applications which focus on these areas to understand the complexity of biological systems from the molecular to the organ level are appropriate for MABS. Applications which focus on these areas from the organ system level and higher in the context of a translational and clinical setting, particularly surgery, are typically assigned to BTSS.
- There are shared interests with GDD in the areas of drug and gene delivery devices and vehicles as well as electroporation. Applications which focus on development and delivery of drugs, genes, and gene products that alter gene function or expression in the living organism, mostly in tissue culture and animal models are appropriate for GDD. Applications focused in these areas in a translational clinical setting, particularly surgery, are typically assigned to BTSS.