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Abstract deadline moved back

After some requests we have decided to push the deadline for #UKSB2022 abstracts back to 14th April 2022. We hope that this gives you enough time to submit your work for presentation at this years annual conference.

This year we will welcome the biomaterials community to Sheffield, where the UKSB began now 22 years ago. This will be an anniversary celebration delayed slightly due to the past few years of Covid, during which we hosted online annual meetings. #UKSB2022 is set to be an amazing event with some excellent keynote speakers lined up – more details to follow very soon.

Please see here for more details, and importantly for the abstract template and submission info.

ESB 2022

Reminder of upcoming abstract deadline for ESB2022!


The 32nd Annual Conference of the European Society of Biomaterials
will take place from September 4 to 8, 2022 in Bordeaux, France.

September, 4-8, 2022

Abstract Submission is open
Deadline : 28 February 2022

Registration through the website here.

Call for Abstracts ESB 2022 | Call for Symposia ESB 2022

Dear members of the UK Society for Biomaterials,

On behalf of the ESB 2022 Organizing Committee, we would like to remind you some ongoing calls and extension deadlines for the 32nd Annual Meeting of the European Society for Biomaterials that will be held in Bordeaux, France, on 4-8 September 2022.

  • The Call for Abstracts is open until the 28th of February 2022.

For more information, please visit the conference website https://www.esbbordeaux2022.org.

Please do not hesitate to contact us (contact@esbbordeaux2022.org) in case you have any question or comment.

On behalf of the whole Organizing Committee, we thank you very much in advance for your contribution and support.

We are looking forward to welcoming you at the 32nd ESB Conference in Bordeaux! 

Kind regards,

Joëlle Amédée, ESB 2022 Chair

Didier Letourneur, ESB 2022 Co-Chair

Jean Christophe Fricain, ESB 2022 Co-Chair

Call for Larry Hench Award #UKSB2022

The Larry Hench Young Investigators Prize is a £500 prize to a promising young research scientist in recognition of outstanding and innovative contributions in a selected field of biomaterials research.

Instructions to Applicant:

In order to complete this application for the award the applicant should follow the instructions given below:

1.    The applicant must submit their CV using the template provided (link below).

2.    Please ensure this CV (including the supporting statement) is no longer than three A4 pages (2 pages for the CV and 1 page maximum for the supporting statement).

3.    Please ensure that the font used is a standard font (e.g. Arial or Times New Roman) and is no smaller than size 10.

4.    Details of what should be included in each section are provided in the CV template (please delete the instructions for each section).

5.    Please email your completed CV to the UKSB at the following email address: p.roach@lboro.ac.uk
(Subject line – “Larry Hench Award 2022“)

6.    The deadline for receiving the emailed applications is: EXTENDED TO FRIDAY 11th MARCH 2022

7.    The UKSB council will make the final decision on the award based only on the information provided on the 2 A4 page CV. Additional information to this will not be considered. Canvassing of UKSB council members is not permitted.

8.    Successful applicants will have to provide an abstract of their work for publication on the UKSB website and present at the UKSB Annual Conference.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Evidence of peer reviewed publications
  • Outstanding contribution and demonstrable research in the field of biomaterials or related areas.
  • Experience in presenting at international and national conferences.
  • Applicants must be no more than 7 years post final degree award at the deadline for submission of application.
  • Applicants can be UK nationals currently researching at an overseas institute, or foreign nationals currently studying in the UK, both must demonstrate 2 years of contribution to UK Biomaterials research.

Previous prize winners along with other benefits from the Society can be found here.

Save the Date! #UKSB2022

This year’s annual conference will be hosted in The University of Sheffield June 27-28th. This will be a celebration of coming out of covid, with a full programme planned over 2 days. We had intended on holding a 20th Anniversary meeting in 2020 but clearly our plans were halted with all the restrictions, and we thought that it would be much better to celebrate together when we can – and here we are planning the event for this summer!

More details coming out soon, but for now:

  • Abstracts call open – deadline 30th March 2022
  • Registration opens shortly
  • Abstract notifications – we’ll let know by 29th April 2022
  • Early bird deadline – 6th May 2022

We are currently putting together packages for sponsorship, so if you are interested to help support this event please do get in touch.

Any queries and abstract submissions to conference@uksb.org

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.

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

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.

UK-Poland-Bioinspired-Materials-conference-23-24-November-2020-revised

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.

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