Collaboration with scientists from Shanghai starts
Shanghai Stomatology Disease Center arranged the Second Scientific Seminar with the BioCity Turku Biomaterials Reserach Program in Shanghai, PRC, on April 8-9, 2013. Seminar started active research and educational collaboration between the Shanghai Stomatology Disease Center and the University of Turku. In the first instance, collaboration is focusing to increase knowledge of fiber-reinforced composite biomaterials in China. First visiting scientists from Shanghai to Turku will arrive during autum 2013, and education for a larger group of clinicians and scientist is plannwed to be arranged in August 2013.
Dentsply Student Clinician Research Award to BDS Krista Vasankari
Dentsply, one of the biggest dental material company in the world has arranged their annual Student Clinician Researher Competion in Copenhagen, Denmark. Dental schools from the Nordic coutries, Baltic countries and Benelux countries had presenters from one of their leading research areas. This years, as also in the year 2012, the winner came from the University of Turku. BDS Krista Vasankari won the competition with her presentation entitled "Surface modification of titanium by grit blasting with bioactive glass". Krista Vasankari belongs to the Oral Implant Research Group.
Most Innovative Product Prize from IDS 2013
Dental filling composite, which has been developed at the Turku Clinical Biomaterials Centre -TCBC in collaboration with the Stick Tech Ltd and GC Corporation was awarded as one of the Most Innovative New Products in the world largest fair and exhibition of dental materials and devices, IDS in Cologne 13th March 2013. Development of everX Posterior composite started in 2004 and now it is launced to the international markets. Innovativiness of the everX Posterior is in the special filler and polymer matrix sturcture which toughen the composite to exceed the values of human dentine. For more informationn, see www.sticktech.com.
Professor Kalle Aitasalo Symposium
Professor Kalle Aitasalo has worked for years at the Turku University Hospital and for his honour there was a special symposium on head and neck Surgery. The symposium with world-class speakers was arranged in the Mauno Koivisto Center on Friday 16th November 2012.
German Minister-President Erwin Sellering visited TCBC
Minister-President Erwin Sellering from Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany and his delegation from BioCon Valley (www.bcv.org) visited Turku Clinical Biomaterials Centre - TCBC on 15th October, 2012. Visit was arranged by the Turku Science Park Ltd. Research and development activity at the TCBC was introduced to Mr Sellering. He expressed lot of interest toward non-metallic biomaterial devices. There are similar intrests and needs of finding more cost-effective alternative treatments for various fields of medicine and dentistry both in Germany and in Finland. Businesswise, he found the future between BioCity Turku and BioCon Valley very promising.
New academic year has started - Journal Club Meetings are here again!
Academic year 2012-2013 continues scientific activity of the BioCity Turku Biomaterials Research Program. Scientific seminars (TCBC Seminars) are arranged on regular basis and researchers are attending actively scientific meetings world-wide. We have got good feedback of previously arranged journal club meetings where scientific papers were reviewed and discussed freely by members of our biomaterial research program. We are starting Biomaterial Journal Club meetings (BMJCs) again. Meetings are arranged during lunch time on every second or third Thursday. Please follow the information given by email.
Core-facility laboratory TCBC provides modern research environment for scientists and postgraduate students under supervision of Research Group Leaders. If you are interested in working in the Biomaterials Research Program, please contact directly our Group Leaders with highest academic qualifications.
Scientific Award to Turku Biomaterials Research
Professor Pekka Vallittu was awarded by the Distinguished Scientist Award in Prosthodontic and Implant Research by the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) at General Session of the IADR in Brazil, June 18th 2012.
Professor William Bonfield - Honorary Doctor of Faculty of Medicine
Professor William Bonfield from the University of Cambridge was awarded by the Honorary Degree of the University of Turku in May 2011. Professor Bonfield is the one of the most eminent biomaterials scientist in the world and he is member of the Royal Society. He has made significant contributions to the field of science as founder and editor-in-chief of scientific journals, lecturer and in promoting commercialization of biomaterials. His contribution for biomaterials research activity at the University of Turku started in early 1990´s when the research of bioactive glass became main topic of the Turku biomaterials research. Since then, he has supported and directed e.g. development bioactive composite materials based on Turku origin components.
In the City of Turku, which boasts the longest history of academic research in Finland, achievements in science have led to scientific and technological innovations. An example of this is biomaterial research. A multidisciplinary approach to biomaterials science is required in order to develop medical and dental sciences and patient treatments. The ultimate goal of biomedical research is to fulfill the needs of physicians and dentists. Together with the BioCity Turku organization, the University of Turku and its Faculty of Medicine have nominated research in the field of biomaterials to be one of the profiling research programs in the city and southwestern part of Finland.
There are over 50 doctoral candidates completing their PhD studies and specializing in e.g. medicine, dentistry, chemistry, biochemistry, and engineering sciences. Many of the doctoral candidates work in national doctoral programmes (such as FINDOS – Finnish Doctoral Program in Oral Sciences and TBDP – National Doctoral Programme of Musculoskeletal Disorders and Biomaterials). A modern core-facility laboratory, the Turku Clinical Biomaterial Centre – TCBC, has recently been established for students and senior researchers.
Research in the BioCity Turku Biomaterials Research Program is based on strong previous research in bioactive materials and dental biomaterials with a revised focus on non-metallic composite implant materials, tissue engineering and bone biology. This enables the development of modern adhesive dentistry and biomimetic durable implant devices for orthopaedics and head and neck surgery.
What are biomaterials?
Medical and dental biomaterials are used to replace missing or severely damaged tissue or parts of organs. Artificial materials have been used for this purpose in medicine for thousands of years. Developments in basic natural and engineering sciences with medicine and dentistry have improved our ability to create tailor-made biomaterials for various purposes. Biomaterials are used as reconstructive devices in the human body and as scaffolds for regenerative medicine which utilize tissue engineering.
Join the international team!
TCBC is a core-facility laboratory where you can carry out research with top-class infrastructure. We have expertise in non-metallic biomaterials in medicine and dentistry. If you are interested in working at the TCBC, please consider PhD studies at the University of Turku www.med.utu.fi, or consult your home university about research collaboration. Please note that all research is made in the research groups under direct supervision of group leaders, not directly in the TCBC laboratory. Please contact research group leaders at www.biomaterials.utu.fi.
All researchers and visiting scientist are requested to fill "the TCBC visitor and researcher form" before starting working at TCBC. Form is available in the ROOM 8203.
Professor of Biomaterials Science
Director of the Biomaterials Research Program