Dr. Toshihisa Osaki
Kanagawa Institute of Industrial Science and Technology, Kanagawa, Japan
Title: "Artificial Cell Membrane Platforms for Drug Discovery and Super Sensors"
June, 28, 2019, 10:30, Seminar Room Max Bergmann Center
Carsten Werner participates in the "Nanolithography of Biointerfaces Faraday Discussion" (03.-05. July 2019) at the Royal Society of Chemistry in London, UK,
presenting our recent progress on charge-tuning of glycosaminoglycan-based hydrogels for cytokine sequestration (co-authors Passant Atallah, Yanuar Limasale and Uwe Freudenberg).
Manfred Maitz (IBP) has been appointed as Guest-Professor (2019-2023)
at the "Southwest Jiaotong University in Chengdu", China.

The German Research Foundation (DFG) will support Alla Synytska (Polymer Interfaces, IPF) and Carsten Werner over the next three years to work an a new project titled „Amphiphilic Fouling-Resistant Surfaces Based on Janus particles”.

Alla Synytska, Jens Friedrichs and team will jointly explore a new, scalable design strategy for amphiphilic surfaces with controlled fouling resistance relying polymer-functionalized colloidal particles as surface-immobilized building blocks. The ability of the developed surfaces to inhibit adhesion of different bacterial species will be tested using high throughput bulk- as well as single cell-assays. The combination of these methods is expected to gain mechanistic insight in the anti-adhesive capabilites of amphiphilic surfaces.

Ralf Zimmermann presents our recent findings on "Spatio-temporal morphogen gradients to direct cell-fate decisions in glycosaminoglycan-based hydrogels" at the "13th International Symposium on Electrokinetics" (12.-14. June 2019) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA.

ELKIN is a conference series for the discussion of new advances in research on electrokinetic phenomena and related topics. The meeting is held every two years at different locations worldwide (the previous conference took place at the IPF in 2017).

The participants of ELKIN 2019 will commemorate Johannes Lyklema (1930-2017), the founder and long term chairman of the "International Advisory Board" of the conference series, with a dedicated lecture given by Jerome Duval.
Carsten Werner and Uwe Freudenberg have been invited to present at the

"TERMIS European Chapter Meeting 0019 - Tissue Engineering Therapies: From Concept to Clinical Translation & Commercialisation"

(27.-31. May 2019) in Rhodes, Greece.

TERMIS is the most prominent organisation in the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine globally.
Carsten Werner will present a keynote
„Glycosaminoglycan-based biohybrid hydrogels to promote healing of chronic skin wounds“

at the "4th NanoBio Surfaces and Interfaces in Healthcare and Science Workshop"

(16.-17. May 2019) in Potsdam, Germany.
Symposium "Personalisierte Medizin - Diagnostik - Medizintechnik"
20.03.2019 | 09.00 - 17.45 Uhr | KARL STORZ Besucher- und Schulungszentrum Berlin
Patienten brauchen einen schnellen Zugang zu neuesten diagnostischen Technologien und individuellen Therapien. Heute - nicht erst in 20 Jahren.
Das Leibniz-Symposium am 20. März 2019 widmet sich deshalb neuen Ansätzen in Medizin und Medizintechnik, die eine frühe und therapiebegleitende Diagnostik ermöglichen und so eine personalisierte Behandlung als Standard in Kliniken und Arztpraxen etablieren können.
Angefangen bei der Behandlung von Krebs und der Rolle, die Biomarker und Bildgebung dabei spielen, über die Diagnostik von Krankheitserregern direkt am Krankenbett bis hin zur Herstellung synthetischer Organe und bioaktiver Materialien im Rahmen der regenerativen Medizin. Mit allem verbunden jedoch: "Big Data" - die Grundvoraussetzung einer modernen Medizin, die frühe und therapiebegleitende Diagnostik und personalisierte Behandlungsansätze als Standard in Kliniken und Arztpraxen etablieren will.
Dr. Linus Stegbauer
Northwestern University, Evanston, USA
Title: "Learning from nature: Investigation of the hybrid nano composites of the chiton tooth towards high-tech 3D-printable materials."
The lab project "Mikrostrukturierung von Polymeroberflächen zur Beeinflussung der Bakterienhaftung" of Richard Wustmann, 11th grade student at Martin-Andersen-Nexö-Gymnasium, Dresden has been awarded 2nd place in area Dresden-Ostsachsen in the Physics category.

Richard Wustmann applied a low pressure plasma-based wrinkling procedure to fabricate laterally graded microstructures on polydimethylsiloxane. These surfaces were used in subsequent screening experiments to explore the impact of micron-scale surface morphology on bacterial adhesion.


Jugend forscht - Regionalwettbewerb Dresden-Ostsachsen
The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) will support Dr. Ben Newland over the next two years through his project „Development of a transplantation platform technology applicable to improving graft survival in the brain“.

He will work on developing new materials to assist cells during the transplantation process. Cell therapies hold the potential to halt the progression of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's disease and Huntington's disease. However, the majority of cells grafted to the brain die soon after transplantation. In order to improve the survival of the cells we will produce microscale materials capable of releasing nutrients to the grafted cells to provide support for them during the early stages post transplantation. If successful, such materials could improve the efficiency and outcomes of cell therapies in the brain.