Biomaterials in Medicine : New concepts of drug-free antibacterial therapies

The second HyMedPoly Open Science workshop was held at the University of Westminster in July 2016. A large audience heard Professor Ipsita Roy’s introduction to the HyMedPoly project and the university followed by a full day programme of five excellent presentations on biomaterials and their use in medicine.  You can click on the titles below to download each presentation.
(Note – some of these presentations contain images of medical conditions and procedures.)


In the coming year, HyMedPoly will be running more open workshops on drug-free antibacterial polymers, hybrid materials development and processing technology, and medical product development and regulation. Watch out for further details.

  • Biologically active ions in biomedicine, including antibacterial applications
    Professor Aldo Boccaccini (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany) (presentation to be supplied)
    A review of the wide range of biologically active ions quoted in literature, highlighting the antibacterial activity.
  • Antimicrobial Materials: A Clinician’s Perspective (download)
    Dr. Jochen Salber (Knappschaftskrankenhaus Bochum, Germany)
    A review of microbe infections from a clinicians’ perspective, highlighting the growing need for antimicrobial treatments to address an increasing number of both tissue and device related infections and focusing on the growth and proliferation cycles of bacteria and the challenges to producing effective treatments.
  • Exploiting glass formulations for antimicrobial applications (download)
    Ian Campbell (Lucideon Limited, UK)
    An introduction to the nature of glass, a key material type in HyMedPoly.  The review covered glass preparation methods (fusion, phase separation and sol-gel processing), the effect of composition on properties and antimicrobial effect of certain glasses.
  • Tissue engineering challenges for cardiac repair (download)
    Professor Sian Harding (Imperial College London, UK)
    A review of the role of materials in cardiac repair following heart failure, the challenges faced by researchers and some approaches under development.   Case studies highlighted included the role of materials to enhance cell attachment or survival, engineered heart tissue and patches to deliver cells.


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