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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.

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.

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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.

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

World Biomaterials Congress Goes Virtual in 2020

Dear WBC Community

In light of the COVID-19 global pandemic, the WBC 2020 Organising Committee has decided to cancel the physical 2020 congress. However, we are thrilled to announce that WBC 2020 will now be a fully virtual congress taking place from 11-15 December 2020 – same dates, new place, all online.

We want to thank you for your continued support for WBC 2020 and we are fully committed to creating an excellent virtual congress – an online space to meet, network, and exchange knowledge in a safe and accessible manner. Please cancel any remaining bookings you may still have for travel to Glasgow.

The WBC 2020 Virtual Congress will include live streaming and pre-recorded talks, plenary lectures, workshops, e-poster sessions, industry symposia, and more. Programme and registration information will be released soon and we are delighted to announce that the registration rates will be substantially discounted in comparison to the physical event – yet with access to even more content than before. There will be no need to decide which parallel sessions you should attend, you can go to all of them! Activities as part of the programme will start in July, building to December for Biomaterials Week.

Along with the virtual congress, we will also launch the World Biomaterials Community. Each one of you will automatically become members of the community when registering for the congress. Detailed information regarding the benefits will be released soon.

We look forward to meeting you all online – be sure to visit the WBC website for more information.

Virtual Conference

As we are currently held up by COVID-19 we have an opportunity to co-host an online virtual event with the UKs leading Centres of Doctoroal Training focussed on Regenerative medicine.

24-25th June 2020

This will be a free conference for UKSB members and those involved in the CDTs. We hope that many will join from near and far to highlight our research and support the development of further network developments.

Prof Liam Grover, University of Birmingham, will be giving a keynote presentation, with more details to follow shortly.

There will be a range of sessions held across our focussed research areas, with talk slots and online poster presentations. If you wish to join our virtual audience and/or submit a poster please register for membership and get in touch.

PhD Opportunity:

Nano Silver-Hydroxyapatite Coatings – biocompatibility with oral cells to improve abutment integrity for periodontal health.

Please click here for information regarding a PhD position that is available at The University of Plymouth. 

Project description

This project is an exciting opportunity to develop novel silver-hydroxyapatite nanocoatings to reduce failure of dental implants. The interdisciplinary project combines nanotechnology with leading biomedical science expertise, in a real-world clinical setting to investigate the biocompatibility of antibacterial nanocoatings with oral cells to improve abutment integrity for periodontal health. 

Despite the high success rates of dental implants, 5-10% of them are still reported to fail and must be removed. One of the most common causes of implant failure is peri-implantitis, which is caused by bacterial biofilm formation on the implant surfaces. Modification of the surface nanotopography has been identified as one of the strategies to control bacterial adherence to implants and improve clinical outcomes. 

Silver nanoparticles are known for their antibacterial properties, whereas hydroxyapatite is a chemical similar to the mineral component of natural bone and teeth. Our team has demonstrated that silver-hydroxyapatite hybrid nanocoatings applied to the surface of medical implants are antibacterial but also biocompatible with human osteoblasts, suggesting good fusion of the implants to the jaw bone is achieved. However, shrinkage of the gingiva at the abutment margins, with subsequent infection and micro-leakage in the sub-gingival crevice can lead to implant failure, as well as other oral health problems. 

We are seeking a highly motivated individual to work in a rich academic environment within a world-leading research group on nanosafety and biomaterials. The successful candidate will receive excellent training provided at the School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics, School of Biomedical Sciences and Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry.

For further information please contact:

Dr Alexander Besinis 

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