Welcome to our feature A word from the expert. In this feature, we introduce someone who has organized a conference in our region or will do so in the future. This month, we introduce with pleasure prof. Pamela Habibović, Chair Department of Instructive Biomaterials Engineering at the MERLN Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine.
1. Why did you choose your specialism?
“The field of Regenerative Medicine and especially Biomaterials for tissue and organ regeneration is very multidisciplinary. It brings together biologists, engineers, chemists and mathematicians to find new solutions for treatment of damaged or malfunctioning bone, cartilage, heart tissue for example. I am a chemical engineer, but in my work I mainly focus on the development of synthetic materials for damaged bone tissue, for example through car crashes or removal of a tumor, which cannot heal itself. This specialism is scientifically challenging. You are working on questions on how to develop a ‘smart’ material without it becoming too expensive, because in the end the goal is to help as many patients as possible.”
2. Which conference have you managed to acquire for the Maastricht Region? Which USP’s did you use?
“I am the chairman of the Annual Conference of the European Society for Biomaterials (ESB), which will take place in Maastricht in September 2018. The conference was actually acquired by Dr. Chris Arts of the Department Orthopaedic Surgery, and now we are organising the conference together with 3 colleagues from Eindhoven, Nijmegen and Utrecht. My involvement with this conference arose among other things because of the fact that I have been a board member of ESB since 2013. MCB, the MECC and PCO Pauwels were closely involved in acquiring this conference and will continue to do so during the organization.”
3. Which were the competitive cities and what was the decisive reason to choose for Maastricht?
‘Lille and Bucharest. They trusted the quality of the organisation and the scientists in Maastricht, were satisfied about the accessibility of Maastricht and they find the presence of the academic hospital as well as the many companies in the region which are active in the field very important.”
4. What important themes will be discussed during the conference?
“Bio materiales for the regenerative medicine, distributing of drugs, imaging, 3D printing for biomedical utilization and much more.”
5. What does the Maastricht Convention Bureau mean to you?
“An important and reliable partner, with a lot of experience and knowledge of the Maastricht Region. Someone who has close relations with the MECC and PCO with which we work together. MCB helps in many ways: from financing to hotel reservations and social events.”
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