Grad student Landsman wins top honors for poster

Landsman, ToddTodd Landsman, graduate student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University, has earned top honors at the 2014 BioInterface Conference for his research poster detailing a new type of wound dressings for trauma situations.

Landsman, who worked with Associate Professor Elizabeth Cosgriff-Hernandez and Professor Duncan Maitland on the project, won first place for his poster, “Antibacterial Shape Memory Polymer-Hydrogel Composite Wound Dressing.”

The composite wound dressing detailed in Landsman’s poster combines the biocompatibility, volume filling, and hemostatic properties of shape memory polymer foams with the swellability, biocompatibility, and tunable properties of hydrogels. The use of this composite, Landsman says, results in rapid hemostasis, prevention of bacterial infection, and rapid application. The dressing, he says, is designed for use in military and civilian trauma situations.

The BioInterface Symposium has been presented annually by the Surfaces in Biomaterials Foundation since 1991 and brings together engineers, scientists, clinicians and regulatory experts from all aspects of the biomedical community to openly discuss and debate recent innovations and research topics. 

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