Prof. Peter Pivonka, Queensland University of Technology, Australia, visits the Institute of Biomaterials

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In the framework of the collaborative project “Assessment of vascularisation potential of 3D Bioglass scaffolds for tissue engineering of large bone defects using a mechanobiological approach” between Queensland University of Technology, University of Melbourne, Australia, and our Institute, Prof. Peter Pivonka, Professor and Chair of Biomedical Engineering and Spinal Disorders at the School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering, Queensland University of Technology, visited the Institute of Biomaterials on 19-23 June 2017. The project is funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and “Universities Australia” and involves the exchange of early stage and senior researchers. We collaborate with the group of Prof. Pivonka in the field of bioactive glass scaffolds for regenerating large bone defects, in particular on the experimental and numerical characterization of scaffolds with different pore structures fabricated by the foam replica method, including maritime sponge derived scaffolds fabricated in our Institute [1]. Prof. Pivonka presented also the seminar: “Choosing optimal 3D ceramic scaffolds for large segmental bone defects based on mechanical and fluid dynamical characterization”, which was also attended by researchers of other departments and faculties. In one of the photos. Prof. Boccaccini, Dr. Jasmin Hum (investigator in the project) and Prof. Pivonka.

[1] Boccardi, E., et al., Characterisation of Bioglass based foams developed via replication of natural marine sponges, Adv. Appl. Ceram. 114:sup1 (2015) S56-S62.