Bioengineering and Health Materials Symposium

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Lancaster House Hotel

English Lakes Resort

Lancaster University



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Join us and connect with Lancaster University researchers, entrepreneurs, businesses,
local government, and health care providers to network, find out about the latest research
in Bioengineering and Health Materials, and form new partnerships to drive advances in
health care.

Learn from the pioneers of Biomaterials and Bioengineering

Network with experts from industry and academia

Connect and form partnerships and collaborations

Discover information and how to work together for a common and targeted goal

Inspire each other with research

Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine is an important aspect of bioengineering which deals with the repair and replacement of human tissues damaged by injury, aging and illness. Bioengineers tackles unmet challenges from multiple perspectives applying engineering principles of design and analysis to biological systems biomaterials and medical technologies.

Research in bioengineering includes new medical imaging technologies, such as bio-spectroscopy which may act as portable disease diagnostic devices in the future, designing bioactive functionalised scaffolds for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine and bacteria engineering – applying metabolic engineering tools and strategies to engineer synthetic enzyme pathways, and regenerative medicine. Diseases are often detected late, which can affect the efficacy of treatment ultimately affecting long-term prognosis.

We are establishing Bioengineering at Lancaster with the aim of finding innovative ways of diagnosing diseases biomaterials for regenerative medicine, and identifying chemical pathways of biofilm formations.

These innovations through The Health Innovation Centre at Lancaster University will bring together innovators, academics, entrepreneurs, businesses, local government, citizens and health care providers to drive advances in health care.


09:30-10:00 Registration and Coffee

10:00 Professor Ihtesham ur Rehman, Lancaster University - Opening Remarks

10:05 Welcome

Bioengineering Session Part 1. Session Chair: Professor Ihtesham ur Rehman

10:15 Professor William Bonfield CBE, DSc, FRS, FREng, FMedSci, University of Cambridge - Plenary lecture

Future of Bioengineering

11:00 Professor Sheila MacNeil, University of Sheffield - Keynote Lecture Importance of translational research in bioengineering and healthcare

11:30 Professor Pete Atkinson, Lancaster University - Vision for science and technology at Lancaster University

11:45 Refreshment break

Bioengineering Session Part 2.Session Chair: Professor John Haycock

12:00 Professor Elizabeth Tanner OBE FRSE FREng, Queen Mary, University of London - Keynote Lecture Biocomposites

12:45 Professor Julian Jones, Imperial College London - Bioactive materials

13:00 Dr. Gwendolen Reilly, University of Sheffield - Bone regeneration

13:15 Lunch

Health Materials Session Part 1 Session Chair: Professor Rob Short

14:00 Dr Sherry Kothari, Director Health Innovation Campus at Lancaster University - Keynote Lecture

Introduction to Health Innovation Campus

14:30 Professor John Haycock, University of Sheffield - Keynote Lecture Nerve regeneration

15:00 Dr Enrico Dall’Ara, University of Sheffield - Properties of bones

15:15 Refreshment break

Health Materials Session Part 2 Session Chair: Professor Elizabeth Tanner

15:30 Professor Dilly Anumba Director, NIHR Global Health Research Group on Preterm Birth, PRIME Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health, The University of Sheffield - Keynote Lecture Spectroscopic techniques as potential screening tools for preterm birth

16:00 Professor Pierre Martin-Hirsh Director of Research & Innovation Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust - Keynote Lecture Importance of rapid diagnostics and holistic care in cancer

16:30 Professor Rob Short, Lancaster University - Keynote Lecture Biofilms

17:00 Professor Ihtesham ur Rehman - Closing Remarks

How to get to the Symposium

Arriving by Car

Leave the M6 motorway at Junction 33 and take the A6 north towards Lancaster.

For South West Campus (Alexandra Park) - turn right at the second set of junction traffic lights on the A6 into Hazelrigg Lane and turn left at the roundabout into Alexandra Park Drive.


Car parking is available to the front and side of Lancaster House Hotel.

Arriving by Rail

Lancaster train station is a five-minute walk from the city centre.

There are direct rail links between Lancaster and many of the UK's major cities and airports. For train times, visit National Rail Enquiries.

Arriving by Bus

In the City

The bus station is situated on Damside Street in the city centre and most services also stop at Common Garden Street. Service 1/1A provides a direct connection to the University every 10 minutes, Services 100, 4, 4X, 40, 41 and 42 also serve the University giving a total of 14 buses per hour from Monday to Saturday until 7pm. A less frequent service then runs daily until around midnight, with a limited later night bus (N1) service during term time.

On Campus

All buses drop off and collect passengers in the Underpass, situated underneath Alexandra Square in the centre of campus, except for an hourly 40 or 41 journey which calls at the University gates only. Additionally, services 100 and 42, along with certain 4, 40 and 41 journeys serve the southern perimeter road and South West Campus. There are also bus stops directly outside the Sports Centre on the main drive. All the buses which serve the Underpass also stop here.

You can find more information and a campus map here.

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