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Essential biomaterials science seminar

Professor Williams explains the hugely topical field of biomaterials science

This seminar will be presented by Professor David Williams, Professor and Director of International Affairs, Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine, North Carolina, USA and Adjunct Professor at UTS.

This seminar is for everyone who are interested in biomaterials science as Professor Williams will explain the hugely topical field of biomaterials science, including essential background on the clinical necessity of biomaterials, relevant concepts in biology and materials science, comprehensive and up-to-date coverage of all existing clinical and experimental biomaterials, and the fundamental principles of biocompatibility.

Seminar content includes: 

  • Introduction to the applications and performance specifications of biomaterials
  • Classification of biomaterials and their essential physical, chemical and mechanical properties
  • Biocompatibility pathways, including interactions between biomaterials and tissues, mechanotransduction, biophysical interactions, chemical interactions (inflammation and repair), interactions with special tissues including blood and bone, microscale and nanoscale biocompatibility, pharmacological interactions, implantable medical devices, successes and limitations
  • Regenerative medicine, including concepts of tissue regeneration, cell stimulation and the performance of biomaterials templates
  • Drug and gene delivery systems
  • Biomaterials in imaging systems
  • Future trends.

About the presenter
Professor David Williams has over 45 years of experiences in biomaterials, medical device and tissue engineering. During his career he has published over 30 books and 400 papers. He was Editor-in-Chief of Biomaterials between 2000 and 2014. He received many major awards and accolades from the US, Europe and Indian societies of biomaterials including the Founders Award of the US Society for Biomaterials, Acta Biomaterialia Gold Medal and many more. In recognition of his contributions to engineering in medicine, he was elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering and Foreign Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering. He was also global President of the Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine International Society from 2013-2015, and a scientific advisor to several divisions of the European Commission during the 1990s.

Professor Williams is currently the Director of International Affairs, Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine, North Carolina, USA, and he is also a Visiting Professor in the Christiaan Barnard Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cape Town; an Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia; and a Guest Professor, at Tsinghua University, Beijing; Advisory Professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China and a Visiting Chair Professor of Biomedical Materials, Taipei Medical University, Taiwan.

In Cape Town, along with Professor Peter Zilla, he has formed a company that will produce low cost but high technology medical devices that can be used with minimally invasive procedures to treat young adults in sub-Saharan Africa, who are suffering from rheumatic heart disease but currently have no therapies available to them.

Presentation notes:



19 April 2016
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
(inclusive of short breaks)


City - BroadwayCB11 Faculty of Engineering and IT Building, Building 11





Registration is essential. RSVP by Friday 11 April 2016.

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