The 12th New Jersey Symposium on Biomaterials Science

The year 2014 marks the 12th edition of the New Jersey Symposium on Biomaterials Science. This year’s event will address the universe of biomaterials from synthetic polymers to processed natural tissues, and their development into new medical products. This biannual event held in New Brunswick, NJ is regarded as the premier regional meeting on Biomaterials.

Below is scientific program as of September 15th, 2014.

DAY 1 - October 6, 2014

9:00am - 12:00 noon: Plenary Session  - The Universe of Bioactive Materials
9:00 - 9:15am Dr. Robert Barchi, MD, President, Rutgers University, Opening Remarks
9:15 - 9:50am Joachim Kohn, PhD, Rutgers University, “The Universe of Bioactive Materials"
9:50 - 10:25am Molly Shoichet, PhD, University of Toronto, "Designer Hydrogels for 3D Culture and Transplantation"


10:50 -11:15am Jennifer Lewis, ScD, Harvard University, "3D Bioprinting of Vascularized, Heterogeneous Cell-Laden Tissue Constructs"
11:25 - 12:00pm Christopher Chen, MD, PhD, Boston University, "A Materials Approach to Understanding Mechanoregulation of Cells"

Chair: Joachim Kohn, PhD, Rutgers University

12:00 noon - 2:00pm: Lunch, Posters and Exhibits

2:00 - 3:30pm: Parallel Sessions

Session 2a - Fundamentals of Cell Material Interactions
2:00 - 2:30pm Robert A. Latour, PhD, Clemson University, "Beyond Nanotechnology-Biomaterials Design at the Atomistic Level Through Molecular Simulation"
2:30 - 3:00pm Michael Sefton, PhD, University of Toronto, "The Magic of an Angiogenic MAA Containing Biomaterial"
3:00 - 3:30pm Prabhas Moghe, PhD, Rutgers University, “Shine the Light:  Predicting Cell Fates on Materials"
Chair: Kathryn Uhrich PhD, Rutgers University

Session 2b - Advances in Fabrication Technologies
2:00 - 2:30pm Ashutosh Goel, PhD, Rutgers University, "Alkali-free Bioactive Glasses for Bone Tissue Engineering"
2:30 - 3:00pm Menas Vratsanos, PhD, Intertek, "Solving Materials Development Challenges Through Partnership"
3:00 - 3:30pm Kurt Pricer, PhD, J&J Sterilization Group, "Introduction to Industrial Sterilization"
Chair: Miroslawa El Fray, PhD,  West Pomeranian University (Poland)

4:00 - 5:30pm: Parallel Sessions

Session 3a - Clinical Applications of Novel Materials
4:00 - 4:30pm Douglas Smith, MD, University of Pennsylvania, "Living Extension Cords to Repair the Nervous System"

4:30 - 5:00pmScott Guelcher, PhD, Vanderbilt University, "Development of Injectable and Settable Composite Bone Void Fillers"
5:00 - 5:30pm Pamela Yelick, Tufts University, “Materials Challenges in Tooth Regeneration"
Chair: David Shreiber, PhD, Rutgers University

Session 3b - Animal Models for Regenerative Medicine
4:00 - 4:30pm Elizabeth Pluhar, DVM, PhD, University of Minnesota, "Large Animal Model of a Critical Sized Defect that allows Discrimination among Grafting Materials"
4:30 - 5:00pm Curtis Cetrulo, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, "Topical Immunosuppression for Vascularized Composite Allograft Transplantation in a Nonhuman Primate Model"
5:30 - 5:30pm Hilton Kaplan, MBBCh, PhD, Rutgers University, "Selecting Appropriate Animal Models: In-vivo Data That Translates"
Chair: Robert L. Harris, DVM, Rutgers University


6:15 - 8:45pm: Reception and Dinner

After-dinner speaker: Wise Young, PhD, MD, Rutgers University, "Running Clinical Trials for Spinal Cord Injury Therapies in the US and China:  Differences and Lessons Learned"


DAY 2 - October 7, 2014

7:45am: Industry Breakfast Presentation
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David Devore, PhD, Rutgers University, “Industrial Strategic Alliance"

9:00 - 10:30am: Parallel Sessions

Session 4a - Materials for Tissue Engineering Scaffolds
9:00 - 10:30am Cathryn Sundback, ScD, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard University, "Biomimetic Scaffold Materials for Tissue Engineering Applications"
9:30 - 10:00am Elizabeth Loboa, PhD, North Carolina State University, "Tissue Engineering in the Age of Multi- Drug Resistant Bacteria"
10:00 - 10:30am Charles Gatt, MD, Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, "Tissue Engineering Strategies for Knee Joint Preservation"
Chair: Rita Kandel, PhD, University of Toronto

Session 4b -  Innovative Imaging and Characterization
9:00 - 9:30am Marcus Cicerone, PhD, National Institute of Standards and Technology, "Rapid, Label-free Spectroscopic Imaging of Cells and Tissues"
9:30 - 10:00am Teja Guda, PhD, University of Texas at San Antonio, "Computed Tomography Imaging for Translational Tissue Engineering"
10:00 - 10:30am Matthew Becker, PhD, University of Akron, "Building Blood Vessels de novo Using Characterization-enabled Strategies"
Chair: Michael Jaffe, PhD, NJIT

11:00am - 12:30pm: Parallel Sessions

Session 5a -  ECM and Decellularized Tissues as Engineered Materials
11:00 - 11:30am Mohit Bhatia, PhD, Celgene Cellular Therapeutics, "Commercializing Tissue Based Products: Issues and Strategies"
11:30 - 12:00pm Nathaniel Bachrach, PhD, Lifecell, "Native Extracellular Matrix - A Paradigm for Translatable Regenerative Medicine"
12:00 - 12:30pm Jean Schwarzbauer, PhD, Princeton University, "Oriented Assembly of Extracellular Matrix Fibers"
Chair: Treena Livingston Arinzeh, PhD, NJIT

Session 5b -  Innovative Materials for Drug Delivery and Regenerative Medicine
11:00 - 11:30am Abraham Joy, PhD, University of Akron, "A New Family Of Polymers For Drug Delivery and Regenerative Medicine"
11:30 - 12:00pm Miroslawa El Fray, West Pomeranian University (Poland), "The Potential of Fatty Acid Derived Innovative Polymers for Antimicrobial Coatings"
12:00 - 12:30pm Charles Roth, PhD, Rutgers University, "Overcoming Systemic and Cellular Barriers to Oligonucleotide Delivery"
Chair: Bo Michniak-Kohn, PhD Livingston Arinzeh, PhD, Rutgers University

12:30 - 2:30pm: Lunch, Posters and Exhibits

2:30 - 5:30pm: < /span>Plenary Session- Scientific Breakthroughs towards Translation of Biomaterials-Based Therapies

2:30 - 3:00pm Mahendra Rao, MD, PhD, The New York Stem Cell Foundation, "When Cells Are Not Enough - Combination Therapy and Issues With Translation"
3:00 - 3:30pm Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, PhD, Columbia University, "Tissue Regeneration by Stem Cells on Biologic Scaffolds"


4:00 - 4:30pm Laura Niklason, MD, PhD, Yale University, "Progress in Vascular and Lung Engineering"
4:30 - 5:00pm Elazer Edelman, MD, PhD, Harvard-MIT, “Cell- cell Communication Dominates in Tissue Repair:Implications for Tissue Engineering in Vascular Disease and Cancer Biology”
5:00 - 5:30pm Panel Discussion, Chair: Murty Vyakarnam, PhD, Lubrizol

5:30 - 7:00pm: Center for Dermal Research Cocktail Mixer and Networking Social

Sessions with the same number followed by letters a or b will be conducted in parallel.

(Program is subject to change)