22nd Annual BioInterface Conference 2012 October 23-25, 2012 University College Dublin, Ireland
Dublin opened its doors to surface scientists from around the world at the 22nd Annual BioInterface Conference...
The interface between the body and a medical device is critical to the device's performance. The BioInterface Conference focused at providing a venue where the most recent innovations and ideas can be presented and discussed. Among the broad range of topics covered by the conference were biomaterials, surface modification of devices, wound healing, drug delivery, regulatory issues, etc. The conference has a strong applied focus and brings together representatives from industrial, academic, clinical and regulatory communities. Student participation was actively encouraged at the BioInterface conference, with a student poster competition and a student meeting where students can interact with industry representatives. There was a prestigious annual award, the Excellence in Surface Science Award, and the conference attracted noteworthy speakers from around the globe.
Workshop and Conference Program
Workshop (October 23) Theme: The Biointerface - From Concept to Device Implantation
Advances in dental and orthopaedic surfaces
Biopolymers and natural extracts: The new horizon?
Bio-nanotechnology – potential for implant devices
Lessons learned – old surfaces drive new innovation
Conference Program (October 24 and 25) among the topics covered:
Infection and immunity
Integration and inflammation
Drug delivery systems
Implanted materials: future concepts and designs
Plasma Medicine – processing technology to control the biointerface
“I get more actual business done at the BioInterface conference than I do all year round.”- John O’Donoghue, Founder & Chief Technical Officer, EnBio
“I like the BioInterface conference because it is the perfect size to network directly with industry experts.”- Savannah Gore, Microbiologist, W.L. Gore and Associates
2012 BioInterface Conference at UCD, Ireland
The Surfaces in Biomaterials Foundation will host its 2012 BioInterface Conference at University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland. This is the first time that this conference will be held outside the United States since it was established in 1990. Among the reasons for selecting Ireland as the location for the 2012 conference is the large concentration of medical device companies in the country. Indeed, Ireland boasts the highest per capita Medical Technology personnel in Europe with nine of the top ten global companies having manufacturing plants located there. Another reason for hosting the conference in Dublin in 2012 is that in that year the city will host the European City of Science.
University College Dublin
University College Dublin (UCD) is a dynamic, modern university where cutting-edge research and scholarship provide a stimulating intellectual environment. Established in 1854, the university has played a key role in the history of the modern Irish State and today it plays a leading part in shaping Ireland's future. UCD offers state-of-the-art conferencing at Belfield Campus. A range of venues, breakout areas, meeting rooms and workshop spaces is available. There is an onsite bank and ATM only a few minutes walk from the conference venue. There is ample green space to enjoy during breaks, and there are a number of campus options for coffee, refreshments and light meals. UCD is approximately 3 km from the historic centre of Dublin city and is extremely well-served by public transport. The airport coaches stop at the university, as do a host of local buses which arrive every few minutes to transport people into the heart of the city. Many of the buses stop outside the Dublin Tourism Centre in Suffolk Street for visitors who want to explore the city and country as part of their stay.
The BioInterface Dublin 2012 Committee has negotiated special rates with a 5 star hotel within walking distance of the conference venue and a 4 star city centre hotel 10-15 minutes away from the venue by coach (coach transfers will be arranged for delegates). Booking will be via a link on the 'Registration' page of this website. Please quote the booking code for BioInterface 2012 when booking your accommodation. Registration and booking will open in early 2012.
Optional Tours at BioInterface 2012
BioInterface has arranged for the following tours to be available. These offer a great opportunity to see some of Ireland's history and landscape. Sign up for the tours is available on the registration page. All tours start at 9.30 am.
Tuesday October 23rd - Bru na Boinne Visitor Centre and Newgrange Megalithic Tomb
This is one of only three UN heritage sites on the island of Ireland. The great tomb at Newgrange was constructed over 5,000 years ago, making it older than Stonehenge and the Great Pyramid of Egypt. Built as a temple and tomb, it was a place of astrological, religious, spiritual and ceremonial importance. Every year at the winter solstice a shaft of sunlight permeates the entrance to the tomb and illuminates the inner passageway and chamber decorated with megalithic art.
Cost of tour including guide and admission: €20.00
Wednesday October 24th - The Splendours of Wicklow: Powerscourt House & Gardens and Glendalough Monastic Site
This tour includes a visit to Powerscourt House and Gardens and the ancient monastic site at Glendalough. Set in beautifully landscaped gardens, Powerscourt House is one of the great Irish country houses. Visitor attractions include the Palladian mansion itself, with gift shops and restaurant, and the famous gardens with stunning views of the Wicklow mountains.
The monastery at Glendalough was founded by St Kevin in the 6th century. Located in a beautiful valley with two lakes, the site includes a round tower, stone churches and decorated crosses.
Cost of tour including guide and garden admission: €30.00
Thursday October 25th - Dublin Bay and Howth Castle
With over 800 years of history, Howth Castle is still home to the Gaisford-St Lawrence family. Although the castle is a private residence, the family allow selected tours of interested individuals to visit. The castle is not open to the general public. www.howthcastle.ie Cost of tour including guide and admission: €20.00