Prof. Seeram Ramakrishna, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Speech Title: Intelligent Biomaterials
Abstract: The central role of science & technology in advancing healthcare of humans is evident from the ongoing mitigation measures implemented against the COVID19 pandemic, which infected 140 million people and caused three million deaths worldwide. Examples include rapid development of vaccines, range of diagnostic tools for screening of billions of people, facemasks, anti-viral surfaces, and point of care and remote monitoring of patients. Beyond the COVID19 pandemic, the demand for healthcare will accelerate due to stressful modern lifestyles, aging population, new diseases & ailments, unmet clinical needs, and growing demand for better healthcare worldwide. On this backdrop, the R&D investments in healthcare scientific research & innovation are expected to grow in the coming years and decades. Perhaps by 2050, humans will have access to intelligent biomaterials, devices, systems and methods to perceive own thoughts and redesign own mind! A glimpse of emerging future may be gleaned from the Neuralink (https://www.neuralink.com/), which recently announced a neural interface or in-brain device that could potentially solve neurological challenges from memory loss, hearing loss and vision loss to paralysis, depression and brain tissue damage. Moreover, with further research & innovation the brain-machine interface will enable humans to access and control external devices via thoughts. This lecture seeks to illustrate the emerging directions of intelligent biomaterials and systems thus enabling future healthcare and well-being. More effective antimicrobial and antiviral surfaces & treatments; tissue engineering & regenerative medicine; neural interfaces & neuro-prosthetics; wearables and personalised healthcare will be deliberated in this lecture.
Biography: Prof. Seeram Ramakrishna, FREng, FBSE, Everest Chair (https://www.linkedin.com/in/seeram-ramakrishna/; https://blog.nus.edu.sg/seeram/) is a recognized top researcher in Materials Science at the National University of Singapore (https://academic.microsoft.com/institution/165932596/authors?f=Composite(F.FId%3D192562407).
He is the Biomaterials Section Editor of Elsevier Journal Current Opinion in Biomedical Engineering (https://www.journals.elsevier.com/current-opinion-in-biomedical-engineering/editorial-board). He is an editorial board member of Springer NATURE Scientific Reports, and BMC Biomedical Engineering (https://www.x-mol.com/news/468727). He is an Associate Editor of eScience journal (http://www.keaipublishing.com/en/journals/escience/editorial-board/). He is a plenary speaker at Euro BioMAT 2021 (https://dgm.de/biomat/conference/plenary-speakers). He teaches Materials in Medicine course to the graduate students.
Prof. Hisaki Watari, Tokyo Denki University, Japan
Speech Title: TBA
Biography: Hisaki Watari has received his PhD in Mechanical System Engineering, from Gunma University, Japan in 2006. He has been researching into properties of magnesium alloy by rapid cooling by using twin roll casting in these fifteen years in Gunma University and Oyama National Colleague of Technology in Japan, in UMIST in the UK. He is now the chair of the Japan Association of Aluminum Forging Technology. He has published more than 130 papers in journals and conducting works relating metal forming of light metals, such as aluminum and magnesium alloys.