Successful Symposium “5 Years of Biomaterials-Erlangen”


During 2014 the Institute of Biomaterials celebrated the first 5 years of activities with a program of seminars given by international visitors and the organisation of national and international conferences (details in the flyer). The highlight was the International Symposium “Challenges for Biomaterials for the 21st Century” held on 19th November 2014 in Erlangen with participation of prestigious international speakers including Prof. L. Ambrosio (Italy), Prof. J. Stampfl (Austria), Prof. S. Mantalaris (UK), Prof. K. Schenke-Layland, (Tuebingen and Stuttgart, Germany), Dr. T. Douglas (Belgium), Prof. W. Mueller (Mainz, Germany), Dr. J. Blaker (UK), Prof. M. El Fray (Poland) and Prof. M. Stevanovic (Serbia) (pictured with Prof. Boccaccini). The symposim was opened by the Vice-President for Research of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Prof. J. Hornegger. In the context of this symposium also the key results of the TOPbiomat project, led by Prof. Boccaccini and funded by the Emerging Fields Initiative of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, were presented by the principal investigators, including Prof. R. Horch, Prof. C. Alexiou, Prof. O. Friedrich, Prof. B. Fabry and Dr. R. Detsch representing our Institute (all pictured with Prof. Boccaccini). The symposium finalised with an intensive discussion on the challenges and perspectives for the future of biomaterials research with emphasis on both the improvement of established or exisiting biomaterials (implants, prosthetic devices) and the synthesis and development of novel biomaterials for regenerative medicine, tissue engineering and local drug delivery. (Click images to enlarge)