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Biomaterials 2012 Plenary Speakers

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Dr. Riad Salem, Professor in Radiology, Medicine-Hematology/Oncology and Surgery-Organ Transplantation, Northwestern University

Radioembolization with Yttrium 90 Microspheres


Biography: Salem is a Professor in Radiology, Medicine Hematology/Oncology and Surgery – Organ Transplantaion at the Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine. He earned his MBA at George Washington University and MD at McGill University. Salem is Board certified in Diagnostic Radiology, Vascular and Interventional Radiology with interests in complex liver therapies and liver cancer. He is also affiliated with the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern University.


Larry Hench, Adjunct Graduate Research Professor, Department
of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Florida, Fort
Myers, FL

Bioactive Glasses: New Approaches for Tissue Repair, Regeneration and Prevention


Biography: Hench is currently Adjunct Graduate Research Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Florida, Professor and Director of Special Projects at the University of Central Florida, Visiting Professor at Kings College/ Guy’s Hospital University of London, Guest Faculty at the Department of Bioengineering at Florida Gulf Coast University, and Emeritus Professor of Ceramic Materials in the Department of Materials at Imperial College London. For
10 years he served as Co-Director of the Imperial College Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Centre. He assumed the Chair of Ceramic Materials at Imperial College in 1995 following 32 years at the University of Florida where he served as Director of the Bioglass Research Centre and Co-Director of the Advanced Materials Research Center. He re-joined the faculty of the MSE Dept. at the University of Florida in 2009. Larry completed his Bachelor of Ceramic Engineering degree at The Ohio State University in 1961 and his PhD in 1964.


Delbert Day, Curators’ Professor Emeritus of Materials Science and Engineering and Senior Investigator of the Graduate Center for Materials Research, Missouri University of Science and Technology

Radioactive Glass Microspheres for Medical Applications


Biography: Day has published more than 380 technical papers dealing with the structure, properties, and uses of glass, edited three books and been granted 53 US and foreign patents. His patents include glass microspheres for medical (radiation therapy) and dental applications, bioactive glasses for wound and bone repair, chemically durable glasses for vitrifying nuclear waste, optically transparent composites, and high temperature ceramics. He conducted the first US glass melting experiments in micro-gravity on NASA’s Space Shuttle and is co-inventor of special purpose glass microspheres, TheraSphereTM, which are now being used at more than 100 sites worldwide to treat patients with inoperable liver cancer. He is a co-inventor of “Glasphalt”, where waste glass is recycled as part of the aggregate in asphalt paving. He is the former Chairman and President of MO-SCI Corp, a company he co-founded to manufacture special purpose glasses for the healthcare, electronics, transportation, aerospace, chemical and sporting goods industries.


Dr. Hyun Bae, Co-director of the Spine Fellowship Program, Cedars-Sinai Hospital

Biomaterials in the Treatment of Spinal Ailments: Present and Future


Biography:Hyun Bae, MD is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon at the Cedars-Sinai Spine Center, specializing in minimally invasive microsurgery and the treatment of cervical and lumbar spinal disease. Dr. Bae is a national leader in minimally invasive surgery, motion preservation technology, artificial disc replacement and non-fusion technologies. He is co-director of the Spine Fellowship Program. Dr. Bae earned a bachelor’s degree in biomechanics from the Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He earned his medical degree, cum laude, from the Yale University School of Medicine. He completed his surgical internship at North Shore University Hospital and his orthopedic surgical residency at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. He completed a spine fellowship at Case Western Reserve Hospital in Cleveland.


Alan J. Russell, PhD, Highmark Distinguished Career Professor, Carnegie Mellon University

Bio Inspired Materials for Health and Defense


Biography: Russell (PhD in Biological Chemistry, 1987, Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London) is a Distinguished University Professor of Surgery and the Founding Director of the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. Further, he holds positions as Professor in the departments of Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering and Rehabilitation Science and Technology. In addition to his appointments at the University, Dr. Russell is the Executive Director of the Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Initiative, Inc., as well as a consultant for UPMC’s International and Commercial Services Division. He has founded three biotechnology companies; ICX Agentase LLC, NanoSembly LLC, and O2Cyte LLC, and was also the Founding President of the 3,000-member Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society.





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