Room 217 A


This session includes basic, applied, and clinical biomaterials research using approaches ranging from synthetic materials to biological mechanisms of therapy, and including materials/biological constructs and tissue structure-function analyses as biomimetic/design bases. Each of these approaches converge into the larger objective of restoring oral tissue structure and function.

Orthopaedic Biomaterials

The field of orthopaedic biomaterials is driven strongly by the use of biomaterials extending from metal implants to allograft-based substitutes and synthetic and natural polymer-based scaffolds. New developments are directed toward improving cellular response, more specifically advancements that can direct cellular activity toward desired responses. One area that continues to be under investigation is the improvement of understanding corrosion of metal implants, how it progresses under in vivo loading conditions and the degradation products that are formed.

Panel Discussion: Progress and Challenges in Basic Science and Translation of Orthopaedic Biomaterial-Associated Infections

Orthopedic surgeons and scientists have recognized biomaterial-associated infection as one of the most serious clinical complications. This panel will include infection experts from orthopaedic surgery, infectious disease, microbiology, immunology, bioengineering, and materials science. The panel will examine and discuss the progress, challenging obstacles, future research topics, and education and outreach related to biomaterial-associated infection, and will focus on clinically translatable developments and strategies.

Panel Discussion: Polyurethanes: From Materials Development to Device Evaluation and Back Again

Polyurethanes have been used in medical devices for over fifty years due to their biocompatibility and exceptionally tunable mechanical properties. This session will provide an overview of the full life cycle of polyurethanes in medical devices from development and scale-up to medical device design, testing and FDA approval to clinical retrieval analysis. This session is expected to engage numerous industry members and provide an excellent opportunity for student members to hear about the spectrum of materials design and testing in medical devices.

PANEL DISCUSSION: Cardiovascular Device Development and the Regulatory Process

Meeting of FDA and international standards and testing protocols constitutes an integral part of getting a medical device approved. In a global setting, region specific requirements mandated by the various regulatory bodies often tend to be confusing. This session is aimed at bringing together expertise from various cardiovascular fields like catheters, drug eluting stents, heart valves, vena cava filters, etc. to help gain a better understanding of the "real-world" development/regulatory process.

PANEL DISCUSSION: ICF Fellows Session: Is Translational Research More Impactful Than Basic Science Research (A Debate)

There is currently a vibrant discussion on the impact of our collective research enterprise. The implication of this debate has a profound effect on funding priorities, policies, public opinions, academic missions, health care delivery, and industry for years to come. The purpose of this debate is to provoke a thoughtful exchange of this important topic: Is translational research more impactful than basic science research? In this context, we will also explore how research impact is defined and whether the current drive towards translation harms the support of basic research.

Panel Discussion: Trauma: The New Frontier in Biomaterials

There is increasing awareness of the need for optimized treatment of battlefield injuries for severely injured servicemen and women. Federally funded programs to address this need have included the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AFIRM) and many Department of Defense-sponsored research projects. The results of this research may also be applied to traumatic injuries of civilians. There has been an exchange of knowledge between what has been learned on the battlefield and what has been learned in hospitals and research laboratories at home.