Scope of the Symposium:
A rapidly evolving area of research in ceramic science and technology concerns the interactions between bioceramic materials and human body. Upon the past half century, the use of bioceramics has revolutionized the treatment of many diseases that primarily affect bone and teeth, and has introduced new therapeutic approaches to improve the quality of life of rehabilitated patients. Hydroxyapatite and resorbable calcium phosphates are traditionally employed for repairing osseous defects due to their compositional and crystallographic similarity to biological apatites in bone. Alumina-matrix composites and other “hard” ceramics are excellent biomaterials to fabricate load-bearing prosthetic joint surfaces due to their wear resistance and favourable mechanical properties. Bioactive glasses and glass-ceramics are able to bond both to bone and to soft tissues, thereby opening fascinating scenarios in the field of regenerative medicine. In the last few years, the advent of multifunctional ceramics with smart added values (e.g. drug release, antibacterial properties) has generated considerable interest in the scientific community to cope biomedical challenges and needs of patients.
This symposium will provide an excellent platform for presentation, dissemination and discussion of the most recent and significant results related to design, processing, characterization, commercialization and clinical use of bioceramics.
Abstracts on the following subjects may be submitted:
Tentative list of invited speakers:
|Dr. Juliana Marchi
Prof. Dr. Juliana Marchi is a Materials Engineer and Associate Professor in the Centre for Humanities and Natural Sciences at the Federal University of ABC (UFABC, Brazil), Professor in the Graduate Program in Nanoscience and Advanced Materials, besides being Associate Researcher in the Biomaterials Research Group at the Nuclear and Energy Research Institute (IPEN, Brazil), and an active member of the Brazilian Ceramic Society. She is also the head of the Research Group in Functional Biomaterials, Regenerative Medicine, Tissue Engineering and Biotechnology (BioMMR). Dr. Marchi has a wide experience in materials science and engineering (processing and characterization of materials), as well as development of biomaterials aiming different applications, such as bone and cartilaginous tissue regeneration, dentine hypersensitivity and treatment of cancer.
|Dr. Francesco Baino
Francesco Baino is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Applied Science and Technology, Politecnico di Torino (Italy). He received his M.S. in Biomedical Engineering (summa cum laude) and his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Technology from Politecnico di Torino in 2006 and 2010, respectively. Dr. Baino has published more than 75 peer-reviewed journal articles and 10 book chapters, and is author of 4 patents. His current research interests include bioceramics, bioactive glasses and composite biomaterials for tissue engineering and medical implants, as well as processing and testing of advanced ceramics. He is Associate Editor of the journal Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, and is Guest Editor of a special issue on bioceramics in the International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology (Wiley) and of two special issues on bioactive glasses in the Journal of Functional Biomaterials (MDPI) and Materials (MDPI). He is also editor of the book “Scaffolding in bioengineering: materials, technologies, clinical applications” (InTech Open).
|Roger Jagdish Narayan
Dr. Roger Narayan is a Professor in the Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University. He is an author of over one hundred publications as well as several book chapters on processing, characterization, and modeling of biomedical materials. He currently serves as an editorial board member for several academic journals, including as editor-in-chief of 3D Printed Materials & System (Springer). Dr. Narayan has received several honors for his research activities, including the University of North Carolina Jefferson-Pilot Fellowship in Academic Medicine and the American Ceramic Society Richard M. Fulrath Award. He has been elected as Fellow of the American Ceramic Society, ASM International, AAAS, and AIMBE. He currently serves as an ASME Swanson Fellow with America Makes, the national additive manufacturing institute.