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BITE&RM 2007 : Indo-Australian Conference on Biomaterials Implants, Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine

January 10-12, 2007, Achuta Menon Centre Auditorium, SCTIMST, Thiruvananthapuram


Jointly supported by Australian Education International, Australian High Commission, New Delhi, Department of Science and Technology, New Delhi and Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology, Trivandrum, this conference was effort to review the current state of knowledge in the area of biomaterials, implants, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, and explore the possibilities for future collaborative programmes. In particular, the emerging technologies of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, where a living assembly based on the patients own cells and a delivery scaffold, is used to specifically repair diseased or damaged tissue, as the key area for progress in this challenging area of health care. An integrated Australian delegation of leading scientists participated in the conference to share new developments in the area with fellow Indian scientists.


We take this opportunity to highlight some of the important presentations made by the speakers.


This conference provided an important forum for scientists, engineers, medical professionals and industrialists for learning and exchange of ideas for improving the quality R&D and provide a way for future collaborative programmes.


Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology


( http://www.sctimst.ac.in )


The Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences & Technology (SCTIMST) signifies the convergence of medical science and technology, which makes it a unique institution of it’s kind. The main objectives of the institute are promotion of biomedical engineering and technology, demonstration of high standards of patient care and the development of postgraduate training programs of the highest quality in advanced medical specialties and in biomedical engineering and technology. The institute has a 233 bedded specialty hospital, which serves as tertiary referral centre for all cardiovascular, thoracic and neurological diseases, a technology wing to conceive and develop new hospital based technologies and a centre of excellence for health science studies. The institute has the status of a University.




At Biomedical Technology Wing, an experienced multidisciplinary team of 36 scientists and Engineers along with the supporting staff is engaged in the development, testing and evaluation of biomedical materials and devices.


The specific areas of expertise include : Design and prototyping, Specialised device testing, Biomedical polymers and processing, Bioceramics and glasses, Surface modification, Biological evaluation as per BIS, ISO and other standards, Animal model and clinical evaluation, Technology aspects like standardisation, transfer and commercialisation.


Australian Education International


Australian Education International (AEI) is part of the Australian Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST). AEI uniquely integrates the development of international government relations with support for the activities of Australia’s education community. AEI endeavours to achieve this by liaising with all sectors of the education and training industry and all levels of government.


AEI is taking a leading role in facilitating dialogue on the issues of education, science and training with governments around the world, as well as managing Australia’s education interests in major international and regional strategic fora.


In India, AEI was established in 1995 and is located at the Australian High Commission in New Delhi. It has taken a proactive role in developing collaborative linkages between Australian and Indian education institutions particularly in the area of science and technology. It has succeeded in bringing Indian and Australian academic community at a common platform to share their research to pave way for the long-term collaborative and mutually beneficial partnerships.


Professor C. Rolfe Howlett
School of Pathology
University of New South Wales
Sydney NSW 2052
Email : r.howlett@unsw.edu.au

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