28th Annual Conference of the European Society for Biomaterials (ESB 2017) in Athens

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Our Institute was strongly represented at the 28th Annual Conference of the European Society for Biomaterials (ESB), held in Athens, Greece, on 4 – 8 September 2017, chaired by Prof. Maria Chatzinikolaidou, University of Crete. Prof. Boccaccini was a member of the International Advisory Committee of the conference and he was involved as co-organizer and co-chair of two special scientific sessions, namely “Biomaterials for Biofabrication” together with Dr. Ferry Melchels, Heriot-Watt University, UK, representative of the International Society for Biofabrication and “Biomaterials for implantable Medical Device Development” with Dr. Xiang Zhang (Lucideon, UK) (pictured with Prof. Boccaccini) and Prof. Ipsita Roy (University of Westminster, UK).
Prof. Boccaccini presented the lectures entitled “Alginate Di-Aldehyde-Gelatine Crosslinked Hydrogel (ADA-GEL) for Biofabrication: Tailoring Stiffness for Improved Cell Response” and “Mesoporous Bioactive Glasses: Attractive Drug and Ion Delivery Vehicles for Medical Devices” in the mentioned special sessions.
Prof. Boccaccini also chaired the session “Biomaterials and Medical Device Fabrication” together with Prof. D. Hutmacher, Queensland Univ. of Technology (Australia) and Ms Lida Vagiaki (YSF) (pictured).
Dr. Liliana Liverani presented the lecture: “Multilayered, Stratified Scaffolds for Osteochondral Tissue Engineering Applications Obtained by Electrospinning Combined with Other Scaffold Fabrication Techniques” in the session “Biomaterials for Cartilage/Bone”.
Moreover five PhD students of the Institute of Biomaterials, namely Lukas Gritsch, Agata Lapa, Maqbool Muhammad, Binh Phan (Hana) and Rocio Tejido Rastrilla (pictured with Prof. Boccaccini and Dr. Liverani) presented posters [1-5]. Prof. Boccaccini also contributed to the poster presentation of the project “Baltic Biomaterials Centre of Excellence“, which has received funding from the European Commission (Horizon 2020), led by Dr. Jānis Ločs, Institute of General Chemical Engineering, Riga Technical University, Latvia (pictured with Dr. Arita Dubņika, Dr. L. Liverani and Prof. Boccaccini). Professor Boccaccini is a member of the Council of the ESB.
As ESB liaison for the J. Mater. Sci. Mater. Med., Prof. Boccaccini visited the booth of the journal (Springer) (pictured with Dr. Maria Bellantone, journal editor, and Prof. Antonio Merolli, The State University of New Jersey, USA, Clinical Editor). Prof. Boccaccini is also pictured with Prof. Sandra Van Vlierberghe, spokesperson of the ESB Young Scientists Forum (YSF) and with Dr. Ana Paula Pêgo (former YSF liaison of the ESB council).
Boccaccini is also pictured with Prof. James Kirkpatrick (Goethe University Frankfurt ), Prof. Julian Jones (Imperial College London) and Prof. Jiang Chang (Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai).

[1] L. Gritsch, et al., “Fabrication and Characterization of a New Promising Biomaterial based on Chitosan Chelating Copper Ions”
[2] A. Lapa, et al., “Phosphate Based Glasses and Phosphate Glass Fibres with Antimicrobial Properties for Medical Application”
[3] M. Maqbool, et al., “Structural, Physiochemical and Antibacterial Evaluation of Cerium Substituted Hydroxyapatite (Ce-HA) Synthesized by Wet Precipitation Method”
[4] B. T. T. Phan, et al., “Design of Poly ε-caprolactone /Zein Composites for Delivery of Essential Oils as Antimicrobial Biomaterials”
[5] R. Tejido-Rastrilla, et al., “Development and Characterization of Polydopamine Coating on Novel Silicate Bioactive Glass”