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Middlesex organises patient-specific medical implant conference in China to foster UK-Chinese collaborations

Researchers from more than thirty institutions gather at inaugural event to hear eminent professors and to network

Middlesex University has helped run a successful conference on the design and advanced manufacturing of patient-specific medical implants in Dalian, China.

The event was held from 27th to 30th July in partnership with Dalian University of Technology, with the aim of building up a collaborative community in the UK and China to meet the long-term goal of developing implants tailored to individuals or particular groups of patients among the Chinese population. Over 50 researchers from more than 30 institutions in both countries participated, plus over 30 graduate students.

The event offered an opportunity to initiate collaborative product development and UK-China joint funding applications among the participants, and for early career researchers to get career advice from senior academics. Presentations covered joint, cartilage-bone, bone and dental implants and research around these areas.

Keynote speakers included Zhongmin Jin, one of the “One Thousand Talent Programme” Professors at Southwest Jiaotong University, China and an honorary visiting professor at the University of Leeds; Professor Jia Hua from Middlesex University; Prof Sam Evans, Head of the School of Engineering at Cardiff University; Stephen Richmond, Professor of Orthodontics at Cardiff University; Dr Lei Ren, Reader in biomechanics at Manchester University; Professor Jiankang He from Xian Jiaotong University, China and Abtin Eshraghi, Head of Custom Design at Stryker Elstree.

The UK coordinator, Dr Junyan (Jerry) Li from Middlesex University said: “It was a great pleasure to organise this workshop and bring together professors and promising early career researchers working on the design and manufacture of implants. I send huge thanks to Dr Yongtao Lu from our partner institute in China for the smooth running of the event. I would also like to thank all the participants for the very high quality of their presentations and for their enthusiastic engagement”.

Professor Zhongmin Jin commented: “The workshop was very nicely organised. It is a very effective approach to foster collaborations between the R&D communities for implants in the UK and China. I hope this event can be continued in the next few years to strengthen collaborative research between the UK and China in this area”.

Sponsorship came primarily from a grant from the British Council's Newton Fund, awarded to Dr Li of Middlesex University, and another from the National Natural Science Foundation of China, awarded to Dr Yongtao Lu of Dalian University of Technology. The event was also supported by six industrial sponsors.

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