Guest Lecture Series #1: Professor Kenny Dalgarno – 3D Printing and Bioprinting for Musculoskeletal Medical Devices

Guest Lecture Series #1: Professor Kenny Dalgarno – 3D Printing and Bioprinting for Musculoskeletal Medical Devices

Date: June 16, 2015

Location: University of Leeds (Lecture Theatre A, Mechanical Engineering)

Professor Kenny Dalgarno – 3D Printing and Bioprinting for Musculoskeletal Medical Devices

Professor Dalgarno is the Sir James Woodeson Professor of Manufacturing Engineering at Newcastle University. He has been researching innovative approaches to the processing of biomaterials for more than a decade, leading a multi-disciplinary research team of ten academics. He is Deputy Director of the Arthritis Research UK Tissue Engineering Centre, and has considerable expertise of working on large scale multi-disciplinary collaborative research projects funded through the EU’s FP7 programme.
Manufacturing at the point of need is central to developing processes which are (where possible) minimally invasive and that can effectively deliver bioactive materials. One of the major drivers for novel surgical interventions is to decrease the anatomical injury at surgery, reduce time in hospital and accelerate the rate of recovery.
Professor Dalgarno’s research aims to address defects in the musculoskeletal system as early as possible, through the development of more robust structural bioactive materials, such as bioactive glass-ceramics and biopolymers. It also examines the potential for enhancement of devices using biomolecules and the optimisation of devices to enable them to interact with cells added at the site of implantation or those that have been therapeutically added.
Plus guest presentations from MeDe Innovation post-doctoral researchers:

  • Dr Piergiorgio Gentile – University of Sheffield – Electrospinning: a biomimetic method for mimicking native extracellular matrix

Dr Piergiorgio Gentile received his BS and MS degree in Biomedical Engineering from the Politecnico di Torino, Italy. From January 2007 to December 2009, he was a PhD student in Biomedical Engineering at the Department of Mechanics, Politecnico di Torino, where he worked on the improvement of the bioactivity of membranes or porous scaffolds for bone-tissue engineering applications. After two years as PostDoc researcher in the Industrial Bioengineering Group at Politecnico di Torino, he moved in 2012 at the University of Sheffield, awarded with an IEF Marie Curie Fellowship. He is currently a PostDoc research fellow within the MeDe Innovation project.
His work is focused on biomedical materials (polymers and composites) and tissue engineering. Specifically, his research deals with nano- and micro-scale design and manufacturing of biomimetic scaffolds for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine with an emphasis on the optimisation of the chemico-physical and mechanical properties suitable for cell growth and differentiation.

  • Dr Yulia Ryabenkova – University of Bradford – Bioinspired nanoceramics: from polymer matrix fillers to drug carriers

Dr Yulia Ryabenkova obtained her MSc degree in Chemistry from Tula State University, Russia in 2005 followed by a PhD in Physical Chemistry in 2012 from Cardiff University, UK. She worked at the University of Sheffield as a post-doctoral research associate in 2013-14 and is currently a post-doctoral research assistant at the Polymer IRC, University of Bradford. Her research interests lie in the field of nano-biomaterials preparation and characterization using a wide range of spectroscopic tools (FTIR, Raman), X-ray techniques (XPS, XRPD) as well as electron microscopy (TEM, SEM).

  • Dr Miquel Gimeno-Fabra – University of Nottingham

Refreshments and networking opportunity will be available after the lecture.
MeDe Innovation Guest Lecture Series Programme
The MeDe Innovation Guest Lecture Series is a programme of lectures led by its esteemed academic leadership in the field of innovative medical device manufacturing throughout 2015.
During the visit to a MeDe Innovation academic centre, the invited guest will present their research in a free to attend, open lecture. There are also other opportunities for the research community to engage in activities; such as ECR meetings, lab tours and the chance to present.
Attendees are invited from across the medical device manufacturing (Class III) sector.
Through the MeDe Innovation Guest Lecture Series, the research community can learn, meet, network, share experience, and build stronger cross-centre relationships.
Each MeDe Innovation Academic Centre will host a guest lecture  (further details TBC):
David Grant at Newcastle University – July
John Fisher at University of Bradford – October
Paul Hatton at University of Nottingham – November
Phil Coates at University of Sheffield – December
Who can attend?
MeDe Innovation Guest Lectures are free and open to all with an interest in innovative manufacturing in musculoskeletal medical devices. Booking is essential.
Other MeDe Innovation events
Annual Conference: Newcastle Centre for Life, 28 January 2016

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