History: International Symposium on Biomedical Materials

Fifth Symposium: Clinical Requirements and Regulatory Affairs, December 14-16, 2016

The 5th  International Symposium on Biomedical Materials: Clinical Requirements and Regulatory Affairs was held from 14 th  to 16 th December, 2016 at Pearl Continental Hotel, Lahore. Some of internationally acclaimed scientists and researchers from Pakistan and abroad were a part of the symposium. Prof. Dr. Ihtesham-ur- Rehman (University of Sheffield, UK), Prof. Sheila MacNeil (University of Sheffield, UK), Prof. John Haycock (University of Sheffield, UK), Prof. Min Wang (Hong Kong University), Prof. Jinlong Zhang (East China University of Science & Technology, Shanghai, China), Prof. Peter Paul (Müller Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig, Germany), Dr. James Tsoi (Hong Kong University), Dr. Mohammad Jawad (Founder of London's NipnTuck Surgery), Dr. Vanessa Hearnden (University of Sheffield, UK), Dr. Dong-Kwon Lim (KU-KIST Graduate School of Converging Science & Technology, Korea), Dr. Chris Holland (University of Sheffield, UK), Dr. Ahtasham Raza (University of Sheffield, UK), Dr. Sheikh Akhtar Hussain (Director Medical Devices & Medicated Cosmetics, DRAP) and Prof. Syed M. Awais (Orthopaedic Surgeon) were the notable international participants of the event.

The aims of the symposium were;

  • Enabling scientists to understand clinical needs and their translation into lab activity
  • Getting clinicians to think about lab based research
  • Promoting interdisciplinary research in biomedical materials
  • Involvement of public and private sector in biomedical materials research and development
  • Adopting bio and research ethics protocols
  • Developing scientist and clinician sensitivity to regulatory affairs
  • Facilitation of industry-scientist- clinician linkages
  • Public engagement and knowledge dissemination

The themes included in the scientific sessions were as follows:

  1. Materials in Orthopedics and Clinical Dentistry
  2. Skin Repair and Regeneration
  3. Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine
  4. Cell Based Therapies
  5. Drug Delivery & Nanotechnology
  6. Biomimetics and Nature Derived Biomaterials
  7. Implants, Coatings and Medical Devices
  8. Sensors, Biosensors and their Biomedical Applications
  9. Materials for Cancer Treatment
  10. Medical Devices: Ethical Aspects, Regulatory Affairs & Commercial Development
  11. Science based Spin Offs in Pakistan
  12. Current clinical approaches related to:
    • Skeletal repair
    • Cardiovascular repair
    • Functional Neurosurgery
    • Skin injuries
    • Ophthalmology
    • Cancer Treatment