UK Society for Biomaterials 2017

 

This year, the UK Society for Biomaterials Annual Conference will take place at Loughborough University from 20-21 June, and will be aiming to showcase leading research in all areas of biomaterials with a focus on the development of next generation scientists.

Topics expected to be covered include:

  • Materials chemistry
  • Biofabrication
  • Cell and protein interaction
  • Materials analysis and characterisation
  • Computational modelling
  • Assessment of materials and interactions with biology

Various postgraduate prizes and research awards will also be presented at the conference.

Closing date for abstracts is 30 April – submit here now.

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Nanodelivery 2017: International Conference and Exhibition on Nanomedicine and Drug Delivery

29-31 May, Osaka, Japan

 

 

Osaka, Japan will host this year’s Nano Delivery 2017, International Conference and Exhibition on Nanomedicine and Drug Delivery.

Nano Delivery 2017 will serve as a platform for the interaction between experts in the areas of nanotechnology, nanomedicine, pharmaceutics and drug delivery around the world and aims in sharing some unique research and translational studies on various advances in the field of Nanomedicine and Drug Delivery Technologies. The main theme of the conference is designated as “Challenges and Innovations in Nanomedicine and Drug Delivery Research”, which opens the doors for many researchers, clinicians, and industry representatives working in these exciting areas.

Over 50+ international organizations will be exhibiting at the Nanodelivery 2017 conference and exhibition. Exhibitors will include equipment manufacturers and suppliers, systems providers, finance and investment firms, R&D companies, project developers, trade associations, and government agencies.

In addition to the Nanodelivery exhibition, there will be keynote presentations, product demonstrations, educational sessions from today’s industry leaders, and poster presentations.

Confirmed speakers:

You can view the full schedule and list of speakers on the website and register to attend here.

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EMBO Conference 2017

23-26 May 2017, Heidelberg, Germany

 

 

The EMBO Conference for Advances in Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine will take place this May at the EMBL in Heidelberg, Germany, and will aim to provide a comprehensive overview of the various aspects of stem cell biology.

The cellular and molecular properties of normal tissue stem cells will be discussed, as will the properties of the niches that maintain them. The conference will address alterations to stem cell function during ageing, and how stem cells can be used for regenerative purposes and for disease modelling. On this occasion a particular focus will be on ageing/metabolism and the link between these topics and tissue homeostasis/regeneration. These are emerging areas in the stem cell field, with considerable potential and huge societal relevance.

The meeting will also focus on the emerging and state-of-the-art single cell transcriptome techniques that are uncovering novel insights into stem cell populations.

Keynote speakers confirmed:

The full programme and other details are available on the website and registration is open until 12th April.

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CESB 2017

21-24 May 2017, Porto, Portugal

Biomaterials Science is pleased to support the 6th China-Europe Symposium on Biomaterials in Regenerative Medicine, which takes place at the Fundação Dr. António Cupertino de Miranda.

Home - 6th China-Europe Symposium on Biomaterials in Regenerative Medicine.

CESB2017 aims to bring together two societies that have collaborated for many years to promote significant advances to the field of biomaterials, with specific focus on regenerative medicine applications. It will review the developmental trend and the progress on the frontier research of biomaterials sciences and engineering, including progresses in clinical research and applications.

Confirmed plenary speakers:

To view the complete programme and list of speakers please visit the website. Registration ends on 1 May 2017 – click here to register now.

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Outstanding Reviewers for Biomaterials Science in 2016

Following the success of Peer Review Week in September 2016 (dedicated to reviewer recognition) during which we published a list of our top reviewers, we are delighted to announce that we will continue to recognise the contribution that our reviewers make to the journal by announcing our Outstanding Reviewers each year.

We would like to highlight the Outstanding Reviewers for Biomaterials Science in 2016, as selected by the editorial team, for their significant contribution to the journal. The reviewers have been chosen based on the number, timeliness and quality of the reports completed over the last 12 months.

We would like to say a big thank you to those individuals listed here as well as to all of the reviewers that have supported the journal. Each Outstanding Reviewer will receive a certificate to give recognition for their significant contribution.

Dr Zhaowei Chen, University of North Carolina
Dr Qingxin Mu, University of Washington
Dr Yunhua Shi, MIT
Dr Yong Wang, Penn State University
Dr Zhibin Wang, Stanford University
Dr Qiang Wei, Max Planck Institute
Dr Yi Wen, Duke University
Dr Menghua Xiong, University of Illinois
Dr Yi Zhang, MIT
Dr Yi Zhao, University of North Carolina

We would also like to thank the Biomaterials Science board and the biomaterials community for their continued support of the journal, as authors, reviewers and readers.

If you would like to become a reviewer for our journal, just email us with details of your research interests and an up-to-date CV or résumé.  You can find more details in our author and reviewer resource centre.

 

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Magnetic droplets stamp out protein patterns

Droplets rolling across a lotus leaf spark device assembly idea

Scientists from China and Portugal have drawn inspiration from lotus leaves to devise a technique for arranging a wide range of materials, including cells, proteins and quantum dots, on a surface. Their method could be useful for making biomedical devices.

The team, led by Wenlong Song from Jilin University, noticed how water droplets strip dust from lotus leaves when they roll across their superhydrophobic surface. ‘We supposed that if this could be managed by a suitable driving force, it would allow the transfer of water-soluble materials onto the surface,’ explains Song.

They’ve done just that and designed a protein printing method using hydrogel droplets controlled by a magnetic field.

Check out the full story by Charlie Quigg in Chemistry World!


This article is free to access until 24 March 2017

J Wang et al, Biomater. Sci., 2017, DOI: 10.1039/c6bm00867d

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Top 10 Most-accessed Biomaterials Science articles – Q4 2016

This month sees the following articles in Biomaterials Science that are in the top ten most accessed from October – December 2016:

Why not take a look at the articles today and blog your thoughts and comments below.

Biodegradable liposome-encapsulated hydrogels for biomedical applications: a marriage of convenience
Santiago Grijalvo, Judith Mayr, Ramon Eritja and David Díaz Díaz
Biomater. Sci., 2016,4, 555-574
DOI: 10.1039/C5BM00481K

Lipid-coated polymeric nanoparticles for cancer drug delivery
Sangeetha Krishnamurthy, Rajendran Vaiyapuri, Liangfang Zhang and Juliana M. Chan
Biomater. Sci., 2015,3, 923-936
DOI: 10.1039/C4BM00427B

Hydrogel scaffolds as in vitro models to study fibroblast activation in wound healing and disease
Megan E. Smithmyer, Lisa A. Sawicki and April M. Kloxin
Biomater. Sci., 2014,2, 634-650
DOI: 10.1039/C3BM60319A

Polymeric biomaterials for the delivery of platinum-based anticancer drugs
Jihoon Kim, Swapan Pramanick, Duhwan Lee, Hansoo Park and Won Jong Kim
Biomater. Sci., 2015,3, 1002-1017
DOI: 10.1039/C5BM00039D

Recent trends on hydrogel based drug delivery systems for infectious diseases
Arti Vashist, Ajeet Kaushik, Atul Vashist, Rahul Dev Jayant, Asahi Tomitaka, Sharif Ahmad, Y. K. Gupta and Madhavan Nair
Biomater. Sci., 2016,4, 1535-1553
DOI: 10.1039/C6BM00276E

Stimuli-responsive functionalized mesoporous silica nanoparticles for drug release in response to various biological stimuli
Xin Chen, Xiaoyu Cheng, Alexander H. Soeriyadi, Sharon M. Sagnella, Xun Lu, Jason A. Scott, Stuart B. Lowe, Maria Kavallaris and J. Justin Gooding
Biomater. Sci., 2014,2, 121-130
DOI: 10.1039/C3BM60148J

Sugared biomaterial binding lectins: achievements and perspectives
P. Bojarová and V. Křen
Biomater. Sci., 2016,4, 1142-1160
DOI: 10.1039/C6BM00088F

The surface charge of anti-bacterial coatings alters motility and biofilm architecture
Olena Rzhepishevska, Shoghik Hakobyan, Rohit Ruhal, Julien Gautrot, David Barbero and Madeleine Ramstedt
Biomater. Sci., 2013,1, 589-602
DOI: 10.1039/C3BM00197K

PEG-based hydrogels prepared by catalyst-free thiol–yne addition and their post-antibacterial modification
Xiao Yan Cai, Jun Zhi Li, Ning Ning Li, Jiu Cun Chen, En-Tang Kang and Li Qun Xu
Biomater. Sci., 2016,4, 1663-1672
DOI: 10.1039/C6BM00395H

Poly(trimethylene carbonate)-based polymers engineered for biodegradable functional biomaterials
K. Fukushima
Biomater. Sci., 2016,4, 9-24
DOI: 10.1039/C5BM00123D

 

 

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10th Scandinavian Society for Biomaterials (ScSB) Meeting

Hafjell, Norway, 15-17 March, 2017

Scandinavian Society for Biomaterials

15 – 17 March, 2017, Hafjell, Norway

Registration is open – book before 15th February 2017!

The Scandinavian Society for Biomaterials (ScSB) was founded in May 2008 and focuses on organizing an annual Biomaterials meeting in Scandinavia and the Baltic states, to promote discussions and exchanges on Biomaterials research between academics and scholars, but also students and industry.

The ScSB 2017 meeting will tackle the underlying challenges in the fields of biomaterials and tissue engineering. Some focus will be made on fundamental inssues in biomaterial science. The conference will offer a platform for networking and socialising with Nordic and international scientist in a relaxed atmosphere. One of the main aims of this meeting is to create an environment for students and young investigators to interact with more experienced scientist and to spawn fruitful discussion between them. Some time to enjoy the delightful scenery will also be made to ensure that minds and bodies alike are kept in focus.

Confirmed plenary speakers:


Biomaterials Science proudly sponsors this event: one oral presentation prize and two poster presentation prizes will be delivered.

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Zing conferences: Non-Invasive Delivery of Macromolecules

Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, USA, 21–24 February 2017

The Zing conference on Non-Invasive Delivery of Macromolecules will be held in Rancho Bernardo Inn, San Diego, USA, on 21 – 24 February 2017



Zing Conferences have been successfully organising and running scientific and medical conferences internationally since 2007. With 129 conferences and 8281 delegates, Zing brings together the global community of scientific activity and interest to meet, exchange ideas and stimulate fruitful collaborations. Each conference aims to bring together a range of expertise, from academia to industry, professionals and students, to present and discuss their respective work in a stimulating environment.

Zing Conferences aims at promoting inter-disciplinary communication and ensure the of the successful dissemination of research amongst many scientific fields. All delegates are thus invited to compete for a place in the main lecture programme, or to present their work as part of the Poster Session by submitting abstracts for Chair-lead consideration.


The Conference Chairs are:

  • Randy Mrsny (University of Bath)
  • Kinam Park (Purdue University)
  • Cornell Stamoran (Catalent)
  • Isabelle Aubert (Sunnybrook Research Institute)

 

Biomaterials Science proudly sponsors this event and will deliver a poster prize.

 

Abstract submission is now closed – Poster Submission Deadline: 13th January 2017

Standard registration online: Click here

Conference programme: Click Here

Venue: Click Here

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Chemoluminescent nanoparticles detect multiple deadly viruses in one go

A blood transfusion can be a life-saving gift – but if that blood unwittingly contains a deadly virus, it can kill instead of cure. Medical staff therefore needs to be able to quickly and easily screen blood for viruses and a new system developed by researchers in China can do just that: it checks for three viruses – HIV, hepatitis C and hepatitis B – all at once and could even be adapted for more.

Chemoluminescent nanoparticles

Source: © Royal Society of Chemistry
First, all viruses’ DNA is amplified at the same time (top left). Then, the researchers add a virus-specific nucleic acids sitting on the surface of magnetic nanoparticles – when it detects a virus it can match up with, the nanoparticle emits light once certain chemicals have been added


The quickest way to test a sample for viruses is by looking for their DNA or RNA –unlike antibody based tests this doesn’t need to wait for the body’s immune response to kick in before showing a result. Nongyue He’s team at Southwest University uses a process called amplification to multiply several viruses’ DNA or RNA at the same time, making enough to generate a strong signal when tested.


Read the full story by Susannah May in Chemistry World.



This article is free to access until 16 January 2016.

Z Ali et al, Biomater. Sci., 2017. DOI: 10.1039/C6BM00527F

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