Biomaterials and tissue engineering

Start time: 12:00pm AEDT. Part five of the ABEC 2021 webinar series will explore the themes of biomaterials and tissue engineering.
Biomaterials and tissue engineering

The ABEC 2021 webinar series will be delivered virtually, with the intent of each week exploring the themes of the five part webinar series.  Each webinar will spotlight one of our Plenary Speakers who will provide an insight into their professional field and will share research, practical challenges encountered, developments and case studies within industry that help contribute and enhance how we re-imagine biomedical engineering for a post-pandemic world and beyond.  As biomedical engineering evolves and adapts to the many challenges and rapid changes in the world, a focus on technology, medical enhancements, digital health and safety contributes to providing better solutions for human health enriching quality of life and for future generations.

The webinar series program is listed below:

Thurs 7 October, 12:00pm - 2:05pm: Clinical engineering evidence, maintenance and neuro engineering

Thurs 14 October, 5.00pm – 7.00pm: Clinical engineering and health technology management, digital health and cybersecurity

Thurs 21 October, 12:00pm - 2:05pm: Biomedical engineering, biosensors and wearables

Thurs 28 October, 12:00pm - 2:05pm: Biomedical engineering, biomechanics and computational bioengineering, surgical technology

Thurs 4 November, 12:00pm - 2:05pm: Biomaterials and tissue engineering 


Please see below for further information on each speaker and their presentations for this session.


Plenary Speaker

Andrea O'Connor, University of Melbourne

How can biomaterials engineering help address rising health challenges in time for the next pandemic?

The COVID-19 pandemic has clearly demonstrated the global consequences of gaps in our knowledge, diagnostics, vaccines, and therapeutics for a new disease and how rapidly its impact can accelerate. Multiple biomedical engineering strategies have been developed remarkably quickly to address the consequent new and increased demands on our health systems, including new vaccine technologies, modified PPE, ventilation hoods, and 3D printed nasal swabs. The crucial role of manufacturing capability and flexibility, as well as supply chain logistics, have been highlighted for both vaccines and MedTech strategies.

Biomaterials are key building blocks required for such solutions and we need to understand how to design and fabricate them to meet diverse MedTech needs in ways that are safe, clinically effective, and economically feasible. The threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is looming as the next potential pandemic, already killing close to one million people per year globally. Multifaceted approaches must be developed urgently to tackle this, and biomaterials engineering has a significant part to play in addressing this challenge before it becomes intractable. This presentation will discuss how polymers, peptides and inorganic nanomaterials are being developed to create materials that prevent microbial growth and biofilm formation for use as composites and coatings in diverse products including medical devices and implants.  We will show how nanoparticles that synergistically combine the effects of antimicrobial peptides with inorganic materials can even kill ‘superbugs’ and avoid the development of new antimicrobial resistance.


Technical Presentations


Biomaterial approach for preventing orthopaedic implant infections. What needs to be done? 

Phong Tran, Queensland University of Technology


3D in-vitro neuronal cultures for studying cell-material interactions 

Anu Sabu, Swinburne University of Technology


Co-culture of chondrocytes and mesenchymal stem cells for cartilage regeneration in the head and neck 

Michael Lee, Institute of Academic Surgery - RPA


Suture with multifunctional properties 

Shadi Houshyar, RMIT University


Discounted Bundles

Should you wish to attend all 5 sessions you will be able to select a session bundle which is buy 5 get 1 free!

EA Member:

5 sessions for $120 ($30 discount)

Non Member:

5 sessions for $200 ($50 discount)


Please follow the registration path to complete your registration bundle, the selection will pop up at the top of the page and should you have any issues contact the Webinar Organiser [email protected].

If you purchase the bundle and miss a webinar you can watch it post event on EA On Demand.

Please note if you registered for just one Session and change your mind hoping to add more, you are able to update your registration to add more sessions or even upgrade to the bundle pack (get one session free). Please just click the ‘Already registered’ button via the registration link to make any changes to your registration. This can be done at any point in time and you can also add sessions that have already taken place.


Webinar Program

To view the full webinar program please click here.

04 / 11 / 2021 - 12:00 pm to 02:05 pm
Registration Closes
04 / 11 / 2021 02:05 pm
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