NTU Hosts Bone Tissue Engineering Congress In Singapore

Clinicians, scientists and engineers gathered at the Bone-tec conference in Singapore to discuss the latest in bone tissue engineering.

AsianScientist (Dec. 20, 2013) – Nanyang Technological University’s (NTU) School of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering (SCBE) played host to the International Bone Tissue Engineering Congress (Bone-Tec) that took place in Singapore from December 16-19, 2013.

The annual conference, which was held outside Europe for the first time, saw an international crowd of clinicians, scientists and engineers discuss and present their latest breakthroughs in bone tissue engineering. Topics discussed included the increased incidence of musculoskeletal diseases and the global aging population.

Keynote speakers Professor John A. Jansen from The Netherlands and Professor James Kirkpatrick from Germany delivered presentations on bone replacement versus bone regeneration. Other key topics included new technologies in bone tissue engineering, bone remodeling, and regenerative medicine in oral and maxillofacial surgery.

Delegates had the opportunity to network extensively during the conference and find collaborators for their projects.

Professor Teoh Swee-Hin, chair of SCBE and the Bone-Tec conference, discussed the importance of providing a platform for clinicians and engineers to communicate and work together. While this concept is already well-established in Europe, he hoped that this working model would become more common in Asia as well.

“There is an emphasis on medical technology in Singapore today and it is the right time to introduce translational bio-engineering work as well as further develop the area of bone tissue engineering,” said Teoh. “Ultimately, we hope to excite local doctors and hospitals to look into new avenues of treating bone trauma and bone diseases.”

The congress organizers presented special awards to highlight the achievements of presenters who have made exceptional contributions to the field of tissue engineering.

After the sessions were over, delegates had the opportunity to visit local tourist destinations such as the Gardens by the Bay and taste Singapore delicacies at JUMBO Seafood Restaurant at The Riverwalk.

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