Larry L. Hench, PhD, passed away on December 16, in Ft. Myers, FL, at the age of 77. Collectively (and for many of us personally), we have lost a wonderful and treasured friend, colleague, mentor, and staunch supporter of the Society For Biomaterials (SFB) and International Society for Ceramic in Medicine (ISCM) and the field of biomaterials and their applications more broadly. At the time of his death, Larry was University Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the Florida Institute of Technology College of Engineering, and Director of the Florida Tech Center for Medical Materials and Photonics. Born in Ohio in 1938, Larry received his bachelor’s degree in 1961 and doctoral degree in 1964 in ceramic engineering from The Ohio State University. After 32 years on the faculty, he retired from the University of Florida as Emeritus Professor to join the Imperial College, University of London, as chair of ceramic materials. There, he co-founded and co-directed the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Centre for 10 years. Larry made many and seminal contributions to the field of bio-ceramics. In 1969 he discovered Bioglass, the first man-made material to bond to living tissues, which is now clinically used throughout the world to repair bones, joints and teeth. Discoveries made by Hench and his colleagues in the 1980s and 1990s resulted in numerous Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approvals. In the mid-‘80s the FDA approved the use of bioactive glass devices to reconstruct the ossicular chain (part of the middle ear) and restore hearing. A subsequent FDA approval led to bioactive glass implants to replace teeth, maintain jaw stability and repair maxillo-facial bone defects. In the ‘90s the FDA approved the use of a particulate form of bioactive glass that led to regenerating new bone to repair bone defects caused by periodontal disease. Numerous other FDA approved applications were in orthopedic surgery, including repair of bone defects following revision surgery of failed hip and knee prostheses, and spinal repair. Twelve companies have been founded based upon technology created in Hench’s laboratories and the commercial products have led to numerous advanced technology awards. A person with a great sense of humor, and also the ability to relate science to lay audiences, he authored a series of children’s books featuring Boing-Boing the Bionic Cat and educational materials such as workbooks, experiment books and hands-on kits to stimulate interest in science, engineering, technology and mathematics (STEM). Larry Hench was a founder and Past-President of the Society For Biomaterials (1979-80), and founder of ISCM and past president of Bioceramic ISCM meeting in 1995. He served on and had leadership responsibilities on many committees and he received SFB’s Clemson Award for Basic Research in 1977 and the Founders Award in 1998. Larry earned many international awards, published 800 research papers, 30 books and has 32 U.S. patents. was a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). He was also a member of the World Academy of Ceramics and a fellow of numerous professional societies including the American Ceramic Society, Society of Glass Technology, and Institute of Materials. He was a Distinguished Life Member of the American Ceramic Society, the Society’s highest award, and has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering by the Rose Hulman Institute of Technology. Most recently, he was awarded the highly acclaimed international 2014 Acta Biomaterialia Gold Medal Award, which recognizes lifetime excellence in research and development in the field of biomaterials.
Submitted by Dr. Frederick Schoen (Society for Biomaterials USA) and Guy Daculsi (ISCM)
The 28th Symposium and Annual Meeting of the International Society for Ceramics in Medicine (BIOCERAMICS 28) will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA on October 18 – October 21, 2016.
Conference Venue: Omni Charlotte Hotel, located in uptown Charlotte, NC.
President of BIOCERAMICS 28 will be Dr. Ahmed El-Ghannam, PhD, Associate Editor Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, Associate Professor of Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science, University of North Carolina at Charlotte. (http://coefs.uncc.edu/arelgha/resume/)
For the most current information about BIOCERAMICS 28, please visit the conference website https//bioceramics.uncc.edu
The Bioceramics Development and Applications (BDA) is a scholarly open access, peer-reviewed, and fully refereed journal dedicated to publishing articles concern chemical composition and physical structure, interactions with biological fluids, cells and tissues, surface modification and analysis are key issues in the field. Hybrid materials issue, combining cells and growth factors, are also accepted for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine applications in addition to drug delivery system, gene therapy, and carrier for growth factors. Other specific topics have been polymers and composites for development of Minimal Invasive Surgery (MIS) using injectable biomaterial.
BDA currently accepts manuscripts through Ashdin online manuscript tracking system (http://mts.ashdin.com). Simply log-in into the system (or register first) and follow the on-screen instructions to upload the manuscript file.
The members of the International Society for Ceramics in Medicine will get 33% discount off the article processing charges (i.e., the author will pay only 100 euros upon acceptance).
Once a manuscript has been accepted for publication, it will undergo language copyediting, typesetting, and reference validation in order to provide the highest publication quality possible.
For further information, please visit the journal website (http://ashdin.com/journals/bda/bda.aspx) or contact the Editorial Office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
ISACB 2013 Symposium – 6th International Symposium on Apatites and Correlative Biomaterials
5-8 June 2013
Nantes University, INSERM U791 LIOAD Laboratory for Osteoarticular and Dental Engineering
This is a unique opportunity for all those involved in science, research and development, technology and clinical application of apatite and related biomaterials to come together with researchers, medical and dental clinicians, veterinary surgeons and allied health disciplines to promote the worldwide advancement of Apatite Science and Technology in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine.
This specific Interdisciplinary Symposium integrate currently developed apatite and related experimental research and development and clinical needs. ISACB 5 was organized in 2010 in Australia. Three years after ISACB6 will be in Nantes, a recognized University for Bioceramics development. The policy of the symposium is also aims to provide inspiration for further growth and development of students.
It will be the aim of the 6th edition of the symposium to bring a single session meeting with invited lectures by international speakers and founders of ISACB. Innovative topics, new biotechnology approaches and stimulating clinical debates, will be led by a balance of international and national speakers and the opportunity for industry to contribute.
The meeting will pay particular interest to current needs, expectations, directions and goals for the progress of the development, production and use of apatite, apatite containing composites, apatite with biogenic additives, characterization methods, animal and clinical trials, clinical applications, properties and applications for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine by scientists and clinicians.
In addition to scientific events and the trade exhibit, you can take some reasonable time to visit the historical place of Nantes and most famous beach of Europe (La Baule), and to appreciate the French gastronomy with the Brittany sea food.
• Advances in research, development and applications of apatite and calcium phosphate biomaterials
• Bone grafts and cements
• Osteogenic-osteoinductive scaffolds
• Orthopedic and dental implant surface modification and coatings;
• Scaffolds for tissue engineering
• Biotechnology and Drug delivery systems
• MSC, growth-factor carriers and biogenics
• Cell and tissue response to biomaterials
• Nanomedicine and nanotechnology
• Clinical applications
• Commercialisation of tissue engineering implants
Abstracts Key Dates
Abstract submissions available through online access 30 march 2013
Abstract acceptance 15 April 2013
Full papers (to be published in 2013 issues of Bioceramics Development and Application, the ISCM Journal, International Society for Ceramic in Medicine) 30 may 2013
It is with great sorrow that we announce the sudden grief which affects the entire family Legeros, and the scientific community.
Our Friend Professor Racquel Legeros we abruptly left following a cardiac arrest January 14, 2013 in Nantes, France.
Racquel was a woman of great quality, personality recognized in the scientific world, a pioneer in the field of calcium phosphates, biomineralization, Bioceramics and calcium Phosphate Cements, and she was one of the main developers of the concept of the phosphocalcic biphasic bioceramics.
Moreover Racquel LeGeros was a sincere person and always there when we needed her. She was indeed a great scientist but above all a great person.
Racquel LeGeros was one of the founder of ISCM, the whole executive committee pays homage to the Professor Racquel Legeros.
It was a great loss.
We invite you to join us in Nantes at the ISACB 6, International symposium on Apatite and Correlative Biomaterials June 6-8 2013, a Conference in his honour, with plenary lecture dedicated to her important scientific contribution the the field.
Professor Klaas de Groot will present the career of Racquel LeGeros, and her contributions to the advancement of the Science of Calcium phosphate, Bio mineralization and Bioceramics.
Welcome to the BIOCERAMICS 25 congress
It is a great pleasure for me to invite you to Romania to attend the 25th Symposium and Annual Meeting of the International Society for Ceramics in Medicine (BIOCERAMICS25), which will be held in Bucharest from November 07-10, 2013.
Bucharest is Romania’s capital and largest city, as well as the most important industrial and commercial centre of the country. With more than 2.4 million in the urban area, Bucharest is one of the important cities in Europe and a booming city with many large infrastructure projects changing the old face of the city. Known in the past as “The Little Paris,” Bucharest has changed a lot lately, and today it has become a very interesting mix of old and new that has little to do with its initial reputation. Finding a 300 year old church near a steel-and-glass building that both sit next to a communist style building is commonplace in Bucharest. Bucharest offers some excellent attractions, and has cultivated a sophisticated, trendy, and modern sensibility that many have come to expect from a European capital.
We look forward to welcoming participants from countries around the world to Bucharest in November 2013.
With Best Regards,
President of Bioceramics-25
Iulian Antoniac, Ph.D.
International Society for Ceramics in Medicine (ISCM)
Romanian Society for Biomaterials
• UNAS [National Union of Stomatological Association]
• SOROT [Romanian Society of Orthopedics and Traumatology]
• SRPDMF [Romanian Society of Maxillo-Facial Prosthodontics]
• CMDR [Romanian Dental Council]
• European Society for Biomaterials (ESB)
• Biomaterials Network (www.biomat.net)
• Swiss Society for Biomaterials (SSB)
• Trans Tech Publications (Switzerland)