ACerS and Florida Institute of Technology Continuing Education have partnered to offer a series of four short courses in bioceramics taught by the late Dr. Larry Hench. Tailored to professionals in the engineering and healthcare fields, the courses highlight major themes facing the bioceramics, bioactive ceramic materials, and bioglass industries.

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Series overview  

Bioceramics: Advances and Challenges for Affordable Healthcare—Examine the challenges facing healthcare in the 21st century. Discover the evolution and clinical applications of bioactive ceramic materials. Topics include tissue bonding, regenerative medicine, long-term viability, socio-economic implications and ethical considerations. Shape your own future while helping to shape the future of biomedical research.
Buy now! [List: $250, Member: $215]

Surface Chemistry and Characterization of Bioactive GlassesGain an in-depth view of the mechanisms behind this revolutionary science. This nine-lecture short course provides detailed insight into the discovery of bioactive materials, with reviews of animal models and clinical applications. Additionally, obtain an overview of the mechanisms and technology behind bioglass bonding, toxicology and biocompatibility, with a particular emphasis on characterization strategies and how to determine the best method of quality assurance. Buy now! [List: $295; Member: $250]

Bioglass in the Operating Room: Clinical Applications of Bioceramics (Coming soon)

Bioactive Glasses and Audiological Rehabilitation (Coming soon)

Instructor Biography  

henchThe late Dr. Larry Hench was University Professor, Biomedical Engineering Program, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, 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 at the University of Florida and Imperial College London. For 10 years Dr. Hench 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 Graduate Research Professor, Director of the Bioglass Research Center and Co-Director of the Advanced Materials Research Center. He completed his Bachelor of Ceramic Engineering degree at The Ohio State University in 1961 and his PhD in 1964. Dr. Hench received almost all the awards in ceramics, materials science and biomaterials that are possible, including membership in the National Academy of Engineering and the ACerS W.D. Kingery Award. He was also a Fellow and Distinguished Life Member of ACerS. Hench died in December 2015.