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The Biomimetics in Bioengineering conference showcases leading approaches for the development of new materials and techniques with applications in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine as well as drug delivery and nanomedicine.

Dr Anna Waterhouse delivered the prestigious keynote lecture ‘Biomimicry in blood-contacting medical devices’, presenting the problem of thrombosis, fibrosis and microbe biofouling with blood-contacting medical devices, highlighting that relying on drugs to solve medical device problems results in increased risks of adverse events for patients. Dr Waterhouse presented strategies from her research career and collaborations that have focused on using biomimicry to improve medical device function and reduce medical device complications. These included new technologies such as the biospleen to treat sepsis, plasma-activated coating for stents and the slippery-surface coating to reduce thrombosis.

Led by Professor Dietmar Hutmacher (Queensland University of Technology, Australia), Professor Molly Stevens (Imperial College London, UK) and the Nature Journal Editors from Nature Materials, Nature Protocols and Nature Reviews Materials, the conference brought together world leaders in the field of biomimetic engineering and stimulated multidisciplinary discussion.

The whole con­fer­ence was fan­tas­tic! The diver­si­ty of speak­ers, not only in terms of gen­der and career stage, but also the sci­ence and engi­neer­ing fields was amaz­ing and inspi­ra­tional, as was the oppor­tu­ni­ty to engage with the Nature Jour­nal Edi­tors,” says Dr Waterhouse.

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