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UKSB Sponsored Lab-2-Lab Awards

It’s been too long since we’ve not felt free to go to physical conferences, to go and work collaboratively in other labs, to learn new skills, share ideas and drive proof-of-concept biomaterials advances across a number of research groups. You might be thinking to start a new inititive. You might have been talking over the past months about some work you want to do with a colleague or PhD student from another group. Check out the UKSB Lab-2-Lab Scheme.

This award is open to all UKSB members facilitating interactions between 2 or more labs to support the development of new collaborations. The application process is simple, with a batching date coming up soon.

Check out our Prizes and Awards page to find out more.

Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis – batching dates are 1st Jan and 1st August. The UKSB council may consider awards submitted between these dates as appropriate.

Vacancy for UKSB council members

The UKSB is looking to expand its council. We are happy to receive interest and nominations from those working in the multidisciplinary area of biomaterials, from academic, industrial or clinical backgrounds.

To nominate yourself or someone else please email president@uksb.org stating clearly why you or your nominee would be a good candidate for the UKSB council.

New Vacancy in Bioengineered Meat

Are you interested in a career in science that could help to solve many of today’s major problems ?

Ivy Farm Technologies based in Oxford are hiring. Check out their ideas on creating cultured meat   https://www.ivy.farm/

Here at Ivy Farm, we’re an inquisitive bunch of bioengineers and scientists who love animals, love the planet, but also love bacon sandwiches. What we don’t love is the scary and damaging effects of industrialised farming. When we realised that tasty, sustainable meat didn’t exist, we decided to make it. We use novel technology created at the University of Oxford to grow real mince meat that’s free from slaughter, free from GMO and free from antibiotics. It’s called cultured meat. It’s high in protein, low in saturated fat and tastes fantastic in sausages, meatballs or a spag bol. With global demand for meat only set to grow, this is big news for animals, people and planet. So watch this space – because science just got juicy.

Do you have this essential experience ?

·        Experience in a laboratory

·        Laboratory experience – at least one individual or shared project

·        Good numeracy and problem-solving abilities

·        Engage with a multi-disciplinary team

·        Following and setting-up new standard operating protocols

·        Computer literate and ability to learn new software platforms

If so have a look that the following vacancies with Ivy Farm  https://www.ivy.farm/careers/

Positions Available

2 Posts available within the Biomaterials groups at the University of Manchester

Experimental Officer in Biomedical Materials – permanent position! – click here for more info and to apply.

The Henry Royce Institute (Royce) is an EPSRC-funded national institute. With its Hub at The University of Manchester, the Institute has spokes at nine Partner and Associate organisations: the Universities of Sheffield, Leeds, Liverpool, Cambridge, Cranfield, Oxford and Imperial College London, as well as at the UK Atomic Energy Authority and National Nuclear Laboratory. Royce, driven by a vision of ‘advanced materials for a sustainable society’, supports the UK in growing its world-leading research and innovation in advanced materials. Strategic investment in the Biomedical Materials research area has enabled us to develop comprehensive suites of equipment to ‘make, characterise and test’ biomedical materials which will help accelerate the development of advanced materials in the healthcare sector.

The Experimental Officer will be primarily responsible for managing the highly specialised equipment that form a suite of facilities, including containment level 2 cell culture laboratories, within the new, £105m Royce Hub Building. You will provide support for ongoing laboratory studies as well as overseeing the organisation and daily running of specific projects and practical courses in cell culture, molecular biology, and biomaterials/tissue engineering. You will actively participate in the broader community associated with Royce’s Biomedical Materials research theme, including researchers, students, industry collaborators and customers, and will provide support to facility users on the use of a wide range of scientific equipment and the interpretation of acquired data.

Closing date – 18th August 2021



PhD in metallic oesophageal stents – ideal for Materials Science graduate with an interest in improving outcomes for patients. Click here for more info and to apply.

Cancer Research UK describes 9,200 new cases of oesophageal cancer per year in 2017. 70% are diagnosed at a late stage, being incurable and causing 7,925 deaths / year.

Treatments using chemotherapy and radiotherapy – and more recently hormone therapy – have improved patient survival in recent years, extending survival of stent patients after receiving a stent from an average of 3months in 2004 to currently 15-18months. Most oesophageal cancers present late and are not curable and most patients eventually require insertion of a stent (most commonly a nitinol stent) to keep the lumen of the oesophagus and allow the patient to continue to eat.

These stents were originally designed for use in blood vessels but have been adapted for use in the gastro-intestinal tract and oesophagus therefore subjecting the stents to a different working environment especially chemical, due to exposure of the low pH of gastric acid, but also mechanical due to the movement and compression of oesophageal function (peristalsis). As a consequence an increasing number of patients experience device failure, requiring repeat procedures.

The re-intervention rate at 6months reaches 60%, which is now resulting in increased stent failures, which necessitate further procedures, and puts the patient at additional risk.

By improving the properties of these nitinol stents, we can improve their working life and remove the need for removal and replacement. This will improve clinical outcome and patient experience and reduce the need for repeat procedures and the associated costs to the NHS.

Future Leaders Virtual Conference 2021

CDTs across the UK regenerative medicine field will come together online from 15th-17th June 2021 to showcase their research.

Abstract and registration is now open to UKSB members for the upcoming event, where we have some excellent confirmed speakers. We have dedicated slots for UKSB member talks and poster flashes with the conference bringing together ~200 attendees across the UK and abroad.

Keynote speakers include:

This is an amazing opportunity to take part and contribute to this network, and we hope that you can join us at this free event. Talks will be aprox. 15 mins long with all talks pre-recorded, with speakers invited for live Q&A. Poster flashes will be 3 mins. We will be hosting a virtual network to support discussion and networking, which we know has worked very well with other virtual events.

Please send abstracts in the template to conference@uksb.org

The abstract template can be found here

Abstract deadline – 14th May 2021

Submission of poster and pre-recorded talks deadline – 1st June 2021

To register for the event please click here

Looking forward to seeing you there in a few days time.

Paul Roach, UKSB President

ESB-2021 Porto

The 31st Conference of the European Society for Biomaterials that will be held in Porto, Portugal, from September 5-9, 2021. At present it is not clear if it will be in-person, virtual or a hybrid conference but we all hope that things can return to normal soon. 

More conference details can be found here, with a call for abstracts currently open until March 15th 2021

UK-Poland Bioinspired Materials Conference

23rd-24th November 2020

Conference addressed to UK and Polish Early Career
Researchers (postdocs and PhD students)

This online event via Microsoft Teams will take place on Monday
23rd and Tuesday 24th November in partnership with the British
Embassy in Warsaw and the UK Science & Innovation Network.

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Please use the following application form if interested to attend.

Vacancy for Associate Professor/Professor of 3D Models in Health & Disease

UCL Division of Surgery and Interventional Science

DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL SUNDAY 20th SEPTEMBER AT 23:59 GMT

UCL are seeking to appoint an Associate Professor or Professor of 3D Models in Health and Disease, who will help develop strategic research in this area. The Professor will be attached to the Research Department of Targeted Intervention, at the Bloomsbury campus. This is a new appointment for an academic with an international reputation, a strong track record of extensive publications in high quality peer-reviewed scientific journals, and a track record of successful funded research in regenerative medicine and specifically in laboratory models of tissues for testing and functional implantation, reducing the use of animal experimentation. The appointment will be key to the cross-disciplinary campus-wide initiative in regenerative medicine, also aligned with research initiatives of the Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust, UCLH and Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, our partner trusts. The postholder will be part of the new Centre of 3D Models of Health and Disease and help develop strategic research in regenerative medicine within the Division and beyond. The postholder is expected to strengthen the existing regenerative medicine network across disciplines. The Professor will contribute to the research culture and profile of the Campus, Department and Division.

To apply for the vacancy please click here

Previous applicants need not apply.

For informal enquiries about the post please contact Professor Mark Hamer at m.hamer@ucl.ac.uk or Dr Umber Cheema at u.cheema@ucl.ac.uk.
If you have any queries on the application process, please contact Faith Hanstater at f.hanstater@ucl.ac.uk quoting job reference 1869952.

Further information about the UCL Division of Surgery and Interventional Science can be found on our website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/surgery.

BlogSpot: Joint Virtual Conference 24-25th June 2020

Dr Caroline S. Taylor, PDRA, University of Sheffield

My research in peripheral nerve repair (PNR) was featured at the joint UKSB/CDT conference. I delivered a 3 minute flash presentation about the potential of polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) as scaffold materials for PNR and was delighted to receive the runner up prize. PHAs are an attractive material of choice in tissue engineering as they are biocompatible, biodegradable and elimate concerns used with other FDA approved synthetic polymers. Using a novel ex vivo nerve injury model, a combination of 3D printing and electrospinning, different materials, and fibre diameters, can be investigated for PNR with medium throughput. PHAs were significantly better at promoting longer neurite outgrowth distances, and Schwann cell migration distances, from Dorsal root ganglia, compared to a polycaprolactone control.

Image of my flash presentation and schematic diagram of the 3D ex vivo model used to test different material scaffolds.

The virtual conference was absolutely brilliant. It was well organised, ran smoothly and a variety of topics in Biomaterials and tissue engineering were discussed. The conference began with a talk from the key note speaker Prof Liam Grover who talked about his work using additive manufacturing techniques in areas of bone/cartilage and skin regeneration, and cornea repair. Two sessions ran parallel to each other after the key note talk, in which I attended clinical applications 1, followed by the poster discussion session. I particularly enjoyed clinical applications 2, on day 2 of the conference, and the talks by Jessica Wiseman and Simon C. Kellaway.  Jessica’s talk highlighted the use of neurosurgical grade biomaterial Duragen PlusTM, containing collagen type 1, to repair traumatic spinal cord injury and Simon’s talk used an alternative approach to PNR engineering Neural Tissue from Decellularised Biomaterials. Both these talks compliment my own research in PNR. Overall, the virtual conference was a huge success and I would like to thank the organisers for including my work in the programme.


Caroline submitted the blog as part of the conference competition. She has been selected and has won herself an intensive 2-day training course in lyphilisation sponsered by Biopharma Group. Well done!

Dr Paul Roach, UKSB President

The Power of Bioprinting Webinar

Dear UKSB members,

RegenHU (Switzerland) in collaboration with Dr. Marco Domingos (The University of Manchester) and the Henry Royce Institute (The University of Manchester)will be holding a live webinar next Tuesday 30th of  June 2020, 11am-12pm (GMT) on https://app.livestorm.co/regenhu/the-power-of-bioprinting

The Power of Bioprinting 

If you want to know how 3D Bioprinting is revolutionizing the fields of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, and how these technologies can be exploited to serve the purposes of your own research, please join us for this exciting event. We will be covering different topics including:

  • 3D Printing Scaffolds
  • Additive Manufacturing Techniques
  • What is Bioprinting
  • Introduction to Bioprinting Materials
  • 3D Bioprinting Application Examples

There will be a Q&A session at the end where you can join the discussion and interact directly with the speakers.

For more information please check out our social media posts:

Please note that this webinar is being recorded and the recording will be made available after the meeting, so please ensure you are muted when you join.

Best wishes,

Marco Domingos, PhD, CEng, FHEA, FIMechE

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