Highlights from the 6th International Symposium Interface Biology of Implants (IBI) 2019 in Warnemünde

A great interdisciplinary meeting Interface Biology of Implants took place in Warnemünde (Germany) between 8 and 10 May 2019.

This conference bringing together scientists interested in different aspects of biomaterial development was organized by the University of Rostock under the lead of prof. Joachim Rychly already for the sixth time. Although it was a rather small conference (only a single lecture hall with no more than 200 participants), the organizers managed to invite a number of speakers who are the world leaders in their field. During his plenary lecture, Prof. Andres Garcia, the Director of the Institute of Bioengineering and Bioscience at GeorgiaTech University in Atlanta, shared results of studying the use of lysostaphin in developing biomaterials capable of eliminating bacterial infections. Prof. Alexander Bershadsky from the Weizmann Science Institute in Rehovot and also the founder of the Institute of Mechanobiology in Singapore talked about the mechanical regulation of cell adhesion through microtubules. Prof. Stephen Badylak, the Director of the McGowan Institute of Regenerative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh, explained the organism's immune response to biomaterials and emphasized the importance of the extracellular matrix and its components (i.e. nanovesicles) in the clinical use of biomaterials. Matt Dalby, a Professor of Cell Engineering at the University of Glasgow and the Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, highlighted the effect of specific nanostructures and nanovibrations on stem cell differentiation that can result i.e. in the formation of bone tissue. James Kirkpatrick, Professor Emeritus of Pathology at the University of Mainz, and Professor at the Goethe University of Frankfurt am Main, highlighted the complexity of implant-human interaction, and pointed out the need to develop new model systems for testing these events by using i.e. cell co-cultures. In addition to the aforementioned scientists, many other researchers and students from around the world from Los Angeles to Hanoi attended the meeting and created an amazing collaborative environment. The Biomedical Center was represented by Dr. Vladimira Moulisova from the Laboratory of Tumor Treatment and Tissue Regeneration; her poster showed results from the study of decellularized tissue scaffolds that is ongoing in the team lead by Assoc. Prof. Vaclav Liska.


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