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Engineering the Future of Medicine

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Professor Serena Best will talk about how engineering is enabling advances in medicine – in particular ‘regenerative medicine’ and tissue engineering.

Advances in regenerative medicine depend on the development of bioactive scaffolds that are able to control the biological processes in adjacent tissues. This talk will describe the innovation of several types of materials for a range of skeletal and soft tissue repair applications.

Professor Best co-directs the Cambridge Centre for Medical Materials (CCMM), a major research activity within the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy (MSM), University of Cambridge.

Her main research interest is in field of bioactive ceramics, ceramic composites and collagen-based scaffolds for hard and soft tissue repair. She is particularly interested in synthetic bone materials.

Professor Best completed a first degree in Materials Technology at Surrey University and a PhD in Bioceramics at Queen Mary and Westfield College. She then worked at the Cookson Technology Centre in Yarnton, Oxfordshire. She returned to Queen Mary and Westfield College to run the Bioceramics Research Group; a particular interest in the Group was novel apatite-based ceramics. Professor Best was appointed reader in the Department of Materials Science at Cambridge University in 2004 having served as lecturer since 2000. Her prizewinning work on apatites has led to two company spin-outs: Orthomimetics (now Tigenix) and Apatech Ltd (now Baxter).

Date: Tuesday 25th November

Time: Refreshments served from 18.30. Talk starts at 19.00. Ends by 21:00 following questions and discussion.

Venue: Institute for Manufacturing, Cambridge University, Alan Reece Building, 17 Charles Babbage Road, Cambridge CB3 0FS (directions). There is ample free parking in the IfM’s carpark beside the building; the carpark entrance is just past the IfM’s service road.

Free to attend. Booking not required. All welcome.

This talk is open to the public and is suitable for young people, students and engineers. You are encouraged to pass on this invitation and bring with you colleagues, friends and family who are interested in engineering and medicine.

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This event is organised by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Beds and Cambs area.

This talk is part of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (Cambridgeshire Area) series.

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