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Aims and Scope

The International Journal of Artificial Organs (IJAO) is the Official Journal of the European Society for Artificial Organs (ESAO)


The International Journal of Artificial Organs (IJAO) publishes monthly peer-reviewed research and clinical, experimental and theoretical, contributions to the field of artificial, bioartificial and tissue-engineered organs. The mission of the IJAO is to foster the development and optimization of artificial, bioartificial and tissue-engineered organs, for implantation or use in procedures, to treat functional deficits of all human tissues and organs.

The topics of interest range from the initial concept to clinical application, and are grouped in the following independent sections managed by highly qualified Editors:   

Apheresis, dialysis and liver support

This section focuses on devices and procedures for blood detoxification processes using membranes or sorbents, such as hemodialysis, hemofiltration, hemodiafiltration, plasmapheresis, immune apheresis, leukoapheresis, and processes for plasma procurement and the preparation of plasma derivatives. The section includes systems for blood detoxification and support of liver metabolic failure..

Cardiac assist devices and artificial heart

This section deals with left ventricular assist devices, trans-apical by-pass, extracorporeal heart assist devices, total artificial heart, valve implants, vascular prostheses, and organ perfusion equipment and techniquess. 

Artificial lung, ECMO and respiratory support

This section focuses on prostheses and procedures for the treatment of acute and chronic respiratory failure, development and clinical use of ECMO systems.

Sensory organs and neural stimulation

This section covers artificial and bioartificial tissues and organs to replace/correct sensory deficits (e.g., ear, eye etc.), as well as nerve and central nervous system stimulation.

Tissue engineering, bioartificial organs and regenerative medicine

This section focuses on the development, characterization and use of bioengineered tissues and organs, and on techniques to investigate and promote tissue or organ self-regeneration including cell therapies.

Biomaterials and nanotechnology

This section deals with the development, manufacturing, modification, and characterization of synthetic and natural materials with controlled properties, down to the nanometer scale, that make them capable of contacting body fluids and cells for prosthetic and therapeutic applications.
 
Personalized medicine and individualized care

This section covers genomic, proteomic, metabolomic and computational characterization of pathological conditions, and on how this information may be used to custom tailored treatments based on artificial, bioartificial and tissue engineered organs. 

Mechanical prostheses, robotics and medical technology

This section deals with the development and clinical use of mechanical prostheses and robotic systems, as well with new and emerging medical technologies for assistance of patients with organ or tissue failure, in need of rehabilitation and disease prevention.