On July 15-18, 2018 at the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow, Poland, ISBPPB 2018 - 4th International Conference on Biomedical Polymers and Polymeric Biomaterials took place. The event was organized by the Polish Society for Biomaterials, in cooperation with the Faculty of Materials Science and Ceramics, AGH-UST and the International Society for Biomedical Polymers and Polymeric Biomaterials (ISBPPB) located in the USA.
The Organizing Committee was led by Prof. Jan Chłopek (Head of the Department of Biomaterials and Composites, AGH-UST) and Prof. Elżbieta Pamuła (President of the Polish Society for Biomaterials), while the ISBPPB was represented by: Prof. Gary Bowlin (The University of Memphis, USA) and Prof. Munmaya Mishra (Altria Research Center, Virginia, USA).
The conference was attended by over 250 participants from 36 countries (including Poland, USA, Korea, Turkey, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, France, Greece, Mexico and India).
The scientific program included: 4 plenary lectures, 11 keynote lectures, 86 oral presentations, 22 “Rapid Fire” presentations and 131 posters. Plenary lectures were given by: prof. Sandra Van Vlierberghe (Universiteit Gent, Belgium), prof. Andreas Lendlein (Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Germany), prof. Eben Alsberg (Case Western Reserve University, USA) and Prof. Joachim Kohn (The New Jersey Center for Biomaterials, Rutgers, USA). Twelve thematic sessions were dedicated to the following topics: polymers for tissue engineering, orthopaedics, cardiology, wound healing and drug delivery systems, methods of obtaining innovative polymeric implant materials, their characterization, cell and tissue reaction, clinical trials and applications.
The conference delegates had also an opportunity to enjoy a special social program, including Welcome Reception, Keynote and Chairperson Dinner in a traditional Polish restaurant and Gala Dinner in “Zalesie Manor”.