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Enhancing networking between academic and industrial sectors while increasing exposure to exciting biomaterials research

Biomaterials Day

Biomaterials Day, sponsored by the Society for Biomaterials (SFB), is a one-day symposium that will be held at the Memorial Student Center on the Texas A&M University campus on June 1, 2018.

The aim of Biomaterials Day at Texas A&M is to enhance networking between academic and industrial sectors and increase student exposure to exciting biomaterials research. The scientific program will include a keynote lecture by Prof. Steven Little, six invited talks by leading biomaterial scientists, rapid-fire presentations from students, and a poster session. Oral presentations from both academic, industrial, and physician-scientists will showcase ongoing research in the region and promote collaboration and knowledge exchange. Preconference events on May 31 will include a workshop for students on problem solving, followed by a networking event to promote interaction between students and SFB student chapters in the region.

Abstracts for a poster session will also be solicited to provide a venue for student research presentations and networking, and top abstracts will be selected to give 5-minute “rapid fire” talks. At the conclusion of the conference, awards will be given to the top undergraduate and graduate student presenters.

Poster presenter guidelines: The maximum poster size is 4'x4'. The exhibit area will be open for poster set-up at 8 a.m. on the day of the conference.

History of Biomaterials Day in Texas

The Biomaterials Day program was established by the Society for Biomaterials (SFB) in 2008 to support regional symposia that attract local students and researchers in academics, industry and government who are interested in the biomaterials field.

Biomaterials Day has been an annual event in Texas since 2010, when the first symposium was held at Texas A&M. The conferences have since rotated between Texas A&M, the University of Texas at Austin, Rice University, and the University of Texas at San Antonio. More than 100 registrants spanning 15 universities as well as several companies and government labs have attended each meeting, which is a testament to the vibrant biomaterials community in the region. Over the years, the scientific program has included numerous distinguished biomaterials scientists. A summary of past conferences is below.

2018 – Professor Steven Little (University of Pittsburgh). To be held at Texas A&M (June 1)

2017 –Professor Shelly Sakiyama-Elbert (UT – Austin). Held at UT-Austin (June 2)

2016 –Professor Christopher N. Bowman (University of Colorado, Boulder). Held at UT-San Antonio (June 3)

2015 –Professor Kristi S. Anseth (University of Colorado, Boulder). Held at Rice University (June 1)

2014 –Professor William Wagner (University of Pittsburgh). Held at Texas A&M (June 9)

2013 –Professor Ali Khademhosseini (Harvard-MIT). Held at UT-Austin (May 31)

2012 –Professor Nicholas A. Peppas (UT – Austin). Held at Rice University (July 27)

2011 –Professor Jennifer West (Rice University). Held at Texas A&M (May 16)

2010 –Professor Tony Mikos (Rice University) – Held at Texas A&M (Feb. 22)