The last few decades have witnessed significant progress in the development of ceramics and glass for targeted clinical applications. A number of bioactive ceramics and bioglass, as well as their composites, both in bulk format or as coatings on metallic biomaterials, are being widely investigated. Ceramicists have pursued development of new multifunctional bioceramics while mimicking natural bone-like properties.

The field is now a gathering of various disciplines, including ceramic engineering, biological, and medical sciences. It has seen the emergence of novel materials that have found critical medical applications, from bone replacement and healing to biodegradable drug delivery devices systems. And at its heart lies the science, where biomaterials interact with living cells and tissues. But it also goes far beyond that, where cutting-edge designs, biocompatibility, and products make it an engineering tool of the future. It is expected that ceramicists, clinicians, and industries develop a scientifically and socially conscious platform to foster development of materials in medicine within clearly defined and ethically responsible boundaries.

It appears to be an appropriate time for a symposium on the subject. The symposium needs to be of a multi-disciplinary nature with expertise on ceramics, biology, and medicine. Effective discussions on research collaborations are also important subjects for future international projects. A forum such as this conference will no doubt accelerate progress of ceramics for human healthcare applications.

Proposed sessions

  • Calcium phosphates
  • Bioceramic coatings
  • Bioglass
  • Biomineralization
  • Prosthetic infection
  • Biological cell response
  • Clinical translational research


  • Bikramjit Basu, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India,
  • Marc Bohner, RMS Foundation, Switzerland
  • Jiang Chang, Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, China
  • Christophe Drouet, Centre Inter-universitaire de Recherche et d’Ingénierie des Matériaux, Toulouse, France
  • Ashutosh K. Dubey, Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi, India
  • Ashutosh Goel, Rutgers University, USA
  • Miho Nakamura, University of Turku, Finland