Published: 3 March 2020, 15:50
Hip prostheses made of titanium, vascular drills made of material composites and zirconium oxide dental prostheses: Biomaterials have long been an integral part of modern medical technology. Tailor-made from metal, ceramics, polymers or composite materials, they replace tissue and organs, interact with body cells and control the course of therapeutic or diagnostic processes.
This poses great challenges for materials scientists, engineers, physicists, chemists and biologists from university, non-university and industrial research and development, together with medical doctors, who are constantly looking for new solutions.
For this reason, the German Society for Materials Science e.V. and its expert committee "Biomaterials" headed by Prof. Dr. Klaus D. Jandt, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena and Priv. Doz. Dr.-Ing. Thomas F. Keller, DESY Hamburg, hosted the European symposium "Euro Biomat" for the fifth time from 8 to 9 May 2019 in the City of Culture Weimar, following the great success of previous events.
The event, which takes place every two years, offers researchers and users the best opportunities to exchange the latest research results in a pleasant, communicative atmosphere for two days.
In three parallel sessions, the 170 or so participants from 20 countries discussed current trends in the thematic areas of bio-nano-materials, dental materials, bioactive materials and bio-interfaces, among others. This year's programme included over 80 lectures and 25 posters presenting the latest findings in the development, characterisation, modelling, implementation and control of Biomaterials. The relatively large number of young researchers at Euro Biomat was particularly pleasing.
One of the highlights of Euro Biomat was the plenary presentations given this year by:
Euro Biomat offers a unique combination of basic research and application aspects of Biomaterials from industry. This became clear not only in the plenary presentations but also in the Round Table Discussion chaired by Norman Stark of Straub Medical AG, Wangs (Switzerland). Under the title The Implant-Files - Friends or Foes? Mr. Stark, Mr. Rieker, Prof. Dr. Kinne from the University Hospital Jena and Mr. Bayer from Biotronics discussed the safety of biomedical products and the media echo with the participants of Euro Biomat.
The symposium was opened by a TV team of the Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk, who presented a report in the evening magazine MDR THÜRINGEN JOURNAL of the same day entitled "Implants and Prostheses: Meeting of experts from all over the world at Euro Biomat in Weimar".
Thanks to the poster prizes sponsored by Springer Verlag, three of them were awarded again this year.