An international conference on Recent Advances in Biomaterials (CRAB 2010) was held at Saveetha University, Chennai, on December 17 and 18.
The conference provided a common platform bringing together engineers, scientists, medical and dental professionals to deliberate and identify future trends in biomaterials for medical, dental and pharmaceutical applications.
This conference of current technological interest requires truly multidisciplinary and multi-specialty skill integration and collaborations, and is bound to revolutionize the medical industry in the coming years.
From bio-implants to tissue engineering, current developments are promising to realize neural regeneration and development of synthetic organs for pain free efficient medication bringing about great relief to public in large.
Prof. Vijay K. Varadan, distinguished professor University of Arkansas, USA delivered the keynote address on development of novel nano-bio-info tech sensors for medical applications.
Live video clippings of neurosurgery facilitated by use of nano sensors and delivery systems to cure Parkinson and Alzheimer disease were highlighted.
Nearly 25 invited speakers including 3 from overseas lectured that benefited more than 500 participants in the conference. Prof. Hala Zreiqat, Australia, head of the Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Research Group at the University of Sydney made a lucid presentation on development of bioceramics for scaffolds. Prof Balasubramanian, Director, non-ferrous technology development centre, Hyderabad and Prof Sampath Kumar, IIT Madras delivered the plenary lectures.
The last few years witnessed rapid developments in the field of synthesis and application of biomaterials. Commencing from bone implants to synthetic organs, tissue engineering to nerve regeneration, biomaterials research is promising to revolutionize medical technologies of future.
Biomaterials find application in a wide spectrum of medical and dental applications for both therapy and diagnosis. Nano sensors and nano-regulated drug delivery systems are definite to benefit the patients for pain-less solutions.
It was only apt that this conference of current technological interest requiring truly multidisciplinary and multi-specialty skill integration and collaborations, was hosted by Saveetha University, since it is one of the premier universities in India housing multi-disciplinary expertise in medical, dental, allied-health sciences, engineering, sciences and Management studies.
It always aspires to be recognized for setting the standards of excellence in professional education and high quality scientific research.
As part of the programme, two parallel pre-conference tutorials by internationally eminent speakers were also organized on December 16. Prof Vijay K. Varadan, delivered a day long tutorial on fabrication and calibration of high technology sensors for engineering and medical applications. Dr. Sivaprasad, General Manager, Sandvik Asia Ltd., Pune, gave a tutorial on finite element analysis for bio-implants for benefit of mechanical engineering students and research scholars.
Dr. Ramaswamy, Founder Director, Biotechnology department from Anna University Coimbatore elucidated the vast scope for development and applications of biomaterials in his valedictory address.
All delegates unanimously agreed that CRAB 2010 should be organized as a series conference every two years.
Delivering the Presidential address, Dr. N. M Veeraiyan, Chancellor Saveetha University emphasized that this conference would help to synergize and further strengthen the on-going cross-disciplinary collaborations between engineers, medical and dental professionals at Saveetha University.