Biomaterials-Africa 2009 Conference

Venue: CSIR International Convention Centre

Location: Pretoria, South Africa

Event Date/Time: Sep 20, 2009 End Date/Time: Sep 22, 2009
Registration Date: Aug 15, 2009
Early Registration Date: Jun 30, 2009
Abstract Submission Date: Apr 30, 2009
Paper Submission Date: Aug 15, 2009
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Description

The Biomaterials Association of South Africa (BioMatASA) is delighted to invite you to the 1st Biomaterials-Africa 2009 conference to be held from 20-22 September 2009 at the CSIR International Convention Centre, Pretoria, South Africa. This will be the 1st of its kind conference in the country promising to bring together both national and international experts in the Biomaterials field.

Why should you attend?
Biomaterials have been instrumental in increasing human life expectancy and improving quality of life. The Biomaterials-Africa 2009 conference will showcase the latest technological innovations and research developments in the biomaterials field in Africa as well as globally. The aim of the conference is to advance biomaterials research in the continent and foster and develop national and international multi-disciplinary collaborations and networks. Issues pertinent to the continent will be addressed, and highlighted. Attendees can expect a cutting-edge scientific programme focussing on some of the key biomaterials areas, with an interesting line-up of both local and international world renowned speakers.

Target audience: Researchers (Material scientists, chemists, polymer scientists, engineers, biologists, physicists, physicians, etc.), private sector, government, etc.

Language: English.

CONFERENCE THEMES
Biomaterials - including bioceramics, biopolymers & bio-metals
> Drug-delivery systems
> Nano-enabled biomaterials
> Regenerative tissue engineering
> Stem cells
> Medical devices
> Biomechanics

CONFERENCE CHAIRS
Scientific Chair: Ugo Ripamonti M.D.Ph.D., Medical Research Council / University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
Organising Chair: Avashnee Chetty, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Pretoria

CONFERENCE ACTIVITIES
> Plenary sessions
> Keynote addresses
> Oral/Poster presentations
> Company exhibitions
Social events

PLENARY SPEAKERS
> Shuguang Zhang Ph.D.- Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research involves various self-assembling peptide systems including peptide scaffolds for tissue engineering, biological surface engineering, molecular switches, and lipid-like peptide surfactants for stabilizing membrane proteins and their complexes.
> Tatsuya Shimizu M.D. Ph.D- Tokyo Women’s Medical University. His research focuses on cell sheet engineering of tissue, including fabricated pulsatile myocardial tissues.
> David A. Edwards Ph.D.- Harvard University. Current research focuses on using nanostructured materials for the development of novel antibiotic therapies for tuberculosis and a new delivery platform for needle-free childhood vaccines.

GENERAL INFORMATION
Conference Dates: 20-22 September 2009
Closing dates:
Abstracts: 30 April 2009
Registration: 15 August 2009

REGISTRATION FEES
Before 30 June 2009: Regular delegate - R3 000, Student - R2 000
After 30 June 2009: Regular delegate - R3 500, Student - R2 500

Please visit our conference website www.biomaterialsafrica.co.za to submit an abstract/ register or for further information.
For enquiries please contact the conference secretary (Jana van Heerden) on email: biomaterials@csir.co.za.

Venue

CSIR International Convention Centre, Meiring Naude Road, Brummeria,Pretoria, South Africa, 0001
Pretoria
South Africa
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Additional Information

REGISTRATION FEES Before 30 June 2009: Regular delegate - R3 000, Student - R2 000 After 30 June 2009: Regular delegate - R3 500, Student - R2 500 Please visit our conference website www.biomaterialsafrica.co.za to submit an abstract/ register or for further information. For enquiries please contact the conference secretary (Jana van Heerden) on email: biomaterials@csir.co.za.