International tissue and cell engineering conference
27 June 2007
UCL is hosting the 2007 Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS) EU-Chapter Conference with the UK Tissue and Cell Engineering Society on 4-7 September 2007.
Professor Robert Brown (UCL Tissue Repair & Engineering Centre) is chairing the event, and there is a strong UCL presence on the organising committee, scientific advisory board and as speakers. The meeting promises to be one of the largest gatherings of scientists involved in tissue engineering and stem cell science, featuring distinguished keynote speakers from all over the world.
UCL President and Provost, Professor Malcolm Grant, will open the conference and will be joined by a number of high profile figures during the packed programme.
A panel discussion on the 'Drivers & Inhibitors Of Stem Cell Research In The UK' will feature Baroness Warnock, an advocate of simplifying the law framework surrounding regenerative medicine, BBC Radio 4's Geoff Watts, presenter of science and technology show 'Leading Edge' and experts on regulation and science.
With the first round of FP7 grants approaching, the conference will provide a timely and unique forum for developing networks and establishing partnerships and collaborations, including a 'speed dating' session and a presentation from Dr Ilse Vickers, UCL's Director Research Europe & Adviser on European Research Strategy.
The BBSRC sponsored China-UK satellite forum on 4 September will be attended by diplomats and senior scientists from top Chinese universities across tissue engineering, biomaterials and bioprocessing. In addition, there will be a UK-Netherlands (linked to China) networking reception on 5 September, due to be attended by the UK ambassador in The Hague and Dutch ambassador to London.
Professor Brown added: "A theme of innovation and excellence will be set by its venue at the heart of the European centre for biomedical research. The mix of cell and developmental biologists, materials scientists, engineers, nanotechnologists, computer modellers, imaging and monitoring biophysicists as well as clinical specialists from orthopaedics, cardiovascular, maxillofacial, ocular and plastic surgery will guarantee the conference is multidisciplinary."
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