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February 14th, 2012

Video of the week: Steve Jung — ‘Controlling the formation of calcium compounds when bioactive glass reacts in vivo’

Published on February 14th, 2012 | By: pwray@ceramics.org
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Steve Jung made the above presentation at ACerS’ Glass and Optical Materials Division 2011 annual meeting and conference. The video is about 15 minutes long. If you tend toward squeamishness, be warned that a few slides show live tissue, wounds in various stages of healing, etc. Jung’s narrative stays focused on the glass, however, and the interaction between living tissue and the glass is really fascinating.

Jung is a colleague of Delbert Day and we have profiled their work on healing borate glass materials previously. Jung is also the senior research engineer at the MoSci Corp. in Rolla, Mo.

In this video, Jung discusses some of their findings about how several different glasses compositions, including ones containing copper, strontium, zinc and iron, affect living tissue (such as increased vascularization). Jung also discusses whether the formation of calcite by these glasses is useful… and, perhaps, even preferable.

Topics, such as this, will be delved into more deeply at ACerS’ “innovations in Biomedical Materials” meeting to be held later this year (abstract deadline is March 7).

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