Successful International Symposium at the MAP related Institute of Biomaterials

Participants of the "10 Year Anniversary" International Symposium of the Institute of Biomaterials (WW7); picture courtesy of the Institute of Biomaterials (WW7)

Celebration of the 10 years of the Institute of Biomaterials (WW7), Department of Materials Science and Engineering

The „10 Year Anniversary“ International Symposium to celebrate the 10 years of the Institute of Biomaterials (WW7), Department of Materials Science and Engineering, was held on November 29th 2019 at Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU).

More than 120 participants attended the symposium, which featured a high quality scientific programme* of international invited speakers, all of them collaborators of the Institute, coming from many countries, such as Italy, Spain, UK, USA, Poland, France, Thailand, Malaysia, Finland, Austria, Portugal, Switzerland, and Germany. Particularly significant was the participation of numerous alumni of the Institute, including former MAP students. The symposium was opened by Prof. Günter Leugering, Vice-president for Research, FAU, and Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini, Head of Institute of Biomaterials. In his introduction, Boccaccini highlighted the achievements of the Institute since its establishment in October 2009, including the publication of more than 500 research papers, many in collaboration with research groups worldwide, acquisition of substantial extramural funding and the high number of Bachelor and Master students who have completed their theses at the Institute (more than 350). He also remarked that 31 doctoral theses have been completed and more than 150 visiting students and researchers have carried out research at the Institute since 2009. Boccaccini acknowledged also the support of FAU regarding the new building with generous laboratory space and modern facilities for biomaterials and cell biology research, which became available to the Institute in 2016.

Several video messages from alumni from around the world were projected. The symposium included also the round table discussion „Biomaterials: Challenges for the Future“ with active contribution of the participants. The celebration finalized with a dinner attended by more than 100 guests, including alumni, friends, and collaborators, in addition to the current members of the Institute, all of which expressed their wish to come back to Erlangen to celebrate the next 10 years of the Biomaterials Institute!

Prof. Aldo Boccaccini; picture courtesy of the Institute of Biomaterials (WW7)

* Programme:

9.00-9.15h Welcome and introduction Günter Leugering, Vice President, Research, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, and Aldo R. Boccaccini, Head, Institute of Biomaterials, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

9.15-9.25h Bioactive silica-based nanoparticles in magic potions for bone tissue engineering João Mano, University of Aveiro, Portugal

9.25-9.35h Advanced stem cell cultivation for cell based therapies Cornelia Kasper, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, Austria

9.35-9.45h Hyaluronan platform for musculoskeletal regeneration Mauro Alini, AO Foundation, Davos, Switzerland

9.45-9.55h How relevant are in vitro studies of bioactive glasses? Leena Hupa, Åbo Akademi Turku, Finland

9.55-10.05h Nano-structured bioactive glass embedding natural derived bioactive molecules Maria Elisa Galarraga, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Germany

10.05-10.15h Visualizing the evolution of crystallization and mineralization of bioactive glasses Delia S Brauer, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany

10.15-10.25h EPD and characterization of PEEK-based composite coatings on titanium alloys for medical applications Tomasz Moskalewicz, AGH University of Science and Technology, Krakow, Poland

10.25-10.35h Electrospinning and beyond Dirk W. Schubert, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

10.35-10.45h Glasses and composites at GLANCE Monica Ferraris, Politecnico di Torino, Italy

10.45-11.15h Coffee Break

11.15-11.30h Challenges in understanding and controlling the corrosion behaviour of biodegradable metals Sannakaisa Virtanen, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany

11.30-11.40h Bioactive coatings for biomedical implants Julietta V Rau, Italian National Research Council, Rome, Italy

11.40-11.50h Trends and challenges in the mathematical modeling of soft biomaterials Christian Hellmich, TU Vienna, Austria

11.50-12.00h Relevance of colloidal processing in tissue engineering Begona Ferrari, Institute of Ceramics and Glass, Madrid, Spain

12.00-12.10h Dairy-derived biomaterials Timothy E L Douglas, Lancaster University, UK

12.10-12.20h Mesoporous glass scaffolds upgraded with osteostatin and MSCs for bone defect treatment Antonio J Salinas, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

12.20-12.30h Promoting the International Students Exchange: the I.DEAR-Materials Program Flavio Soldera, University of Saarland

12.30-12.40h Alginate microcapsules incorporated with SPIONs for biomedical applications Maizlinda Izwana Idris, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn, Batu Pahat, Malaysia

12.40-12.50h Electrophoretic deposition coatings for energy conversion and storage systems Federico Smeacetto, Politecnico di Torino, Italy

12.50-13.00h Research of Biomaterials Lab OTH Regensburg Helga Hornberger, OTH Regensburg, Germany

13.00–14.15h Lunch Break

14.15-14.30h Acellular approach to in situ tissue engineering of vascular grafts Ranjana Rai, University College London, London, UK

14.30-14.45h Nanoparticles in regenerative medicine Christoph Alexiou, University of Erlangen- Nuremberg, Germany

14.45-14.55h Electrophoretically deposited chitosan- bioactive glass coatings on Mg-based substrate Agnieszka Witecka, Institute of Fundamental Technological Research, Warsaw, Poland

14.55-15.05h Active sol-gel materials for different applications Justyna Krzak, Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, Poland

15.05-15.15h Extraction of hydroxyapatite and gelatin from black tilapia fish bone and scale Hasan Zuhudi Abdullah, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn, Batu Pahat, Malaysia

15.15-15.25h The Influence of Collagen Structure and Surface Biochemistry on Cell Function and Angiogenesis Nima Meyer, University of Cambridge, UK

15.25-15.35h Natural Polymers of bacterial origin and their use in Biomedical applications Ipsita Roy, University of Sheffield, UK

15.35-15.45h Overview of the activities of the Institute of Research for Ceramics (IRCER / CNRS, University of Limoges) in the field of biomaterials (implants for BTE and biosensors): Focus on additive manufacturing issues. Fabrice Rossignol, French National Centre for Scientific Research, Limoges, France

15.45-16.00h Bioplastics – an eco-friendly alternative Marwa Tallawi, Technical University of Munich, Freising, Germany

16.00-16.15h Coffee Break

16.15-16.30h Electrophoretic deposition of chitosan/gelatin/Ag doped mesoporous bioactive glass nanoparticles on 316L SS Muhammad Atiq Ur Rehman, Institute of Space Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan

16.30-16.45h Microfluidic fabrication of micro/nanoparticles for controlled drug delivery Wei Li, University of Helsinki, Finland

16.45-17.00h Colloidal gels and their application as biomaterial inks for 3D printing Mani Diba, Rice University, Houston, US

17.00-17.15h Drug-loaded polylactic acid microparticles integrated in gelatin scaffolds for tissue engineering applications Patcharakamon Nooeaid, Srinakharinwirot University, Bangkok, Thailand

17.15-17.30h Organic–inorganic hybrid bone substitutes based on bioactive glass and polycaprolactone Lukas Gritsch, Institut National de Physique Nucléaire et de Physique des Particules, France

17.30-18.00h Discussion: Future challenges for biomaterials Ben Fabry, Raymund Horch, Felix B. Engel, Oliver Friedrich, University of Erlangen- Nuremberg and All participants