The Biobone workshop entitled “Communication skills and Scientific training” was held at Imperial College London between 19-21 of November 2014. It was a great opportunity for the Early Stage Researchers to get essential training in science communication and to learn from each other’s experiences in the project so far.
The 2014 Fall Meeting of the European Materials Research Society was held in Warsaw, Poland between 15-18 of September. BioBone-ITN was a main sponsor of the Symposium entitled “Bioceramics for Bone and Joint Repair“.
Several members of the BioBone-ITN were selected to present their work at the meeting, which managed to attract a sizable crowd during all sessions.
Gil Machado was awarded the prize for Best Oral Presentation of the Symposium, with his talk entitled “Effect of composition and surface topography on the adhesion and differentiation of human mesenchymal stem cells on calcium phosphate materials”.
Gil started his stay in Davos in the beginning of June, where he will be studying the effect that surface properties of calcium phosphate materials have on the differentiation of human Mesenchymal Stem Cells.
The 23rd annual Postgraduate Research Day was held in March in the Department of Materials at Imperial College London, and two BioBone ESR’s were in the spotlight.
Francesca was awarded the Research Officers’ prize for Industrial Relevance with her poster entitled “Tough bio-inspired Silica/PCL hybrid”.
Claudio received the Postdoctoral Research Assistants’ and Research Fellows’ prize for Best poster Design and Layout with his poster entitled “Bio-inspired ceramic based composites materials for bone substitution”.
Claudio also won the 1st Prize for the Best Image, with his picture “Silicon carbide lollipop”.
During his 10 weeks in Lyon, Quentin performed spherical nanoindentation testing of porous Alumina.
He collaborated with Carlos Caravaca (other ESR in BioBone) on the study of the effects of sandblasting on mechanical properties of Alumina, Zirconia and Biolox delta.
In her ongoing stay in Davos, Elena has been investigating the influence of bioactive glass ion dissolution products on hMSCs.
Marcel has just concluded his secondment at Imperial College London. With his work in London, Marcel tried to gain a deeper insight into the synthesis of bioceramics to measure protein adsorption.