Event report: Materials in Medicine
The Materials in Medicine event held at the University of Glasgow on 21 May 2013 attracted a good balance of academic, industrial, and intermediary delegates to hear how developments in a wide range of materials are generating new pharmaceutical and medical device technologies that better address sector needs.
A common theme in all talks was a strong awareness of the drivers behind materials development in healthcare. For example, the following were recurring themes:
- Controlled and sustained drug release to lower the level of injections / tablet taking (thus enhancing patient compliance)
- Targeted drug delivery to avoid unnecessary impact on parts of the body not needing a drug
- Enhancing survival rates associated with surgery
- Extending length and quality of life in patients with terminal illnesses
Overall, this was an excellent day in which high quality presentations covering a broad range of materials were augmented by good discussions during breaks. This was facilitated by the excellent facilities - a comfortable lecture theatre adjacent to a light and roomy atrium for networking - at the University of Glasgow’s School of Medicine.
Attendees were left in no doubt that materials and materials processing have a crucial role to play in enhancing patient care. A particular strength seen in all presentations was a sound appreciation of current “gold standard” materials combined with a drive to understand and then enhance material performance. Equally impressive was the strong links made between novel product development and the demographic drivers (for example, an ageing population; the need for enhanced quality of life in latter years; helping patients comply with drug-taking etc…) we increasingly face.
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