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Advanced biomaterials: elaboration, nanostructure, interfaces with tissues

Medical practice utilizes a large number of devices and implants. Biomaterials in the form of implants (sutures, bone plates, joint replacements, ligaments, vascular grafts, heart valves, intraocular lenses, dental implants, etc.) and medical devices (pacemakers, biosensors, artificial hearts, blood tubes, etc.) are widely used to replace and/or restore the function of traumatized or degenerated tissues or organs, to assist in healing, to improve function, to correct abnormalities, and thus improve the quality of life of the patients.


The scope is centered on materials used in devices and implants and their interface with tissues. The proposed symposium will highlight how new materials can be at the root of recent advances and new opportunities in the engineering, researching, nanoscale characterization of devices and implants in medical researches. The field of the symposium is interdisciplinary, bridging together bionanotechnologies, biomimetic devices, tissue engineering and (smart) biohybrid systems. In this context, diverse but complementary contributions are needed on new biomaterials, multiscale modelling, advanced characterizations and processing technologies for the desired biomedical and biotechnological applications.

The physico-chemical structures and properties appear relevant at interfaces to drive the interactions between living and designed systems. A central aspect is then the ability to optimize the functional properties, creating materials that are able to control the interaction with the biological surrounding at the nanoscale thus guiding the responses of biomolecules, cells and tissues.

The objective of this symposium is also to provide a forum to identify critical problems, stimulate new ideas, provide promising solutions, as well as discuss fundamental and applied topics.

Hot topics to be covered by the symposium:

  • Biomaterials : bioceramic, porous and composite biomaterials, novel polymers and biopolymers
  • Nano and micropatterning for biomedical application
  • Smart biohybrid materials
  • Tissue engineering scaffolds, biomedical implants
  • Cardiovascular tissue engineering and regenerative medicine
  • Biointerface engineering, biomolecule surface interaction, surface treatments, antibacterial surfaces
  • Osteointegration
  • Drug delivery systems
  • Blood- and tissue-material interactions
  • Cell material interactions and cell instructive materials
  • Stimuli and cell responsive materials
  • Modelling of cell material interaction and biological recognition


Selected papers will be published in the journal 'pss (a) – applications and materials science' (Wiley).

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Symposium organizers

Group Adipose Cells in Regenerative Medicine Laboratory of Tissue Engineering, Universitätspital Basel, Hebelstrasse 20, CH-4031, Basel, Switzerland

+41 61 265 2330
Dmitry BAVYKINUniversity of Southampton

Faculty of Engineering and the Environment, U.K.

+44 (023) 8059 8358
Francesca BOCCAFOSCHIUniversity of Piemonte Orientale Novara

Department of Health Sciences, Novara, Italy

+39 0321 660556

23 rue du Loess, 67000 Strasbourg, France

+33 (0)3 88 10 71 34