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INSTITUTE OF BIOFUNCTIONAL POLYMER MATERIALS

Dr. Philipp Seib
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland
Title: "Silk: Discovery thread for healthcare applications"
December, 13, 2019, 14:00, MBC Seminar Room
A cover was published in the current issue of ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces (volume 11, issue 45) featuring the article Temperature-Induced Mechanomodulation of Interpenetrating Networks of Star Poly(ethylene glycol)Heparin and Poly(Nisopropylacrylamide) by Jana Sievers, Stefan Zschoche, Ron Dockhorn, Jens Friedrichs, Carsten Werner and Uwe Freudenberg. The cover illustrates their approach to modulate the physical and biomolecular network properties of growth factor affine starPEG-heparin hydrogels by sequential interpenetrating network (seq-IPNs) formation with P(NIPAAm). The obtained thermoresponsive seq-IPNs showed an up to 50-fold amplified elastic modulus and increased release of growth factors upon temperature change from 22 to 37 °C.
Dr. Alessia Besford
Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung e. V. Dresden, Germany
Institut Biofunktionelle Polymerforschung
Title: "The Biomolecular Corona at the Bio-Nano Interface – Opportunities and Challenges"
November, 18, 2019, 10:00, MBC Seminar room
Congratulations to Carsten Werner on his recent appointment as a member to the National Academy of Science and Engineering - acatech. The Academy provides policymakers and society with independent, evidence-based advice that is in the public interest and by doing so aims to promote sustainable growth through innovation. acatech’s members are prominent scientists from the fields of engineering, the natural sciences and medicine, as well as the humanities and social sciences who collaborate on projects with external experts from science and industry, as well as participate in the Academy’s topic networks, where technical issues relating to the technological sciences and more general technology policy questions are discussed. acatech is mandated by the Federal Government of Germany and the Federal States to provide effective structures for the science-based discussion of strategic technology issues. 
Dimitri's talk "Microscale cryogels as devices for focal therapeutic delivery" has been awarded at the 15th International Saint Petersburg Conference of Young Scientists "Modern Problems of Polymer Science" on October 31st, 2019. 
Yanuar´s talk "Tuning the transport of signaling molecules in heparin-based hydrogel" has been awarded at the 30th Annual Conference of the European Society for Biomaterials (ESB 2019, Sept. 09-13, 2019 in Dresden).
This year, four best student oral presentation award recipients were selected from more than 100 applicants.
Dr. Amedea Seabra
Universidade Federal do ABC, Santo Andre, Brazil
Title: "Nitric oxide releasing biomaterials for biomedical applications"
September, 16, 2019, 2019, 14:00, Conference Room
Prof. Dr. Horst von Recum
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Title: "Refillable materials for recurrent or chronic drug delivery"
September, 16, 2019, 10:30, Seminar Room Max Bergmann Center
The article "Quick-gelling inks allow high-resolution bioprinting", describing our recent Biofabrication paper (10.1088/1758-5090/ab2aa1), is now live on Physics World; .
Researchers of the Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden e.V. received the MaterialVital Award 2019 of the Federal Ministry of Science and Education (BMBF) within the ProMatLeben initiative.
Dr. Passant Atallah, Dr. Lucas Schirmer, Dr. Uwe Freudenberg and Prof. Dr. Carsten Werner from the Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden e.V. (IPF) received the award "Best Development in the Field of Polymers for the Health Sector - Largest Innovation Potential" of the ProMatLeben initiative of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) for the development of novel hydrogel wound dressings to treat chronic skin wounds. In Germany alone, there are currently more than 900,000 patients with chronic wound healing disorders who often also suffer from diabetes or cardiovascular diseases.
In cooperation with partners in the DFG Collaborative Research Centre Transregio 67 (Dr. Sandra Franz and Prof. Jan-Christoph Simon, University of Leipzig), the research team was able to develop polymer networks from derivatives of the glycosaminoglycan heparin and branched poly(ethylene glycol), which can absorb inflammation-promoting signal molecules from the wound like a "molecular sponge". The design of the polymer networks advantageously allows for retaining signal molecules that promote wound healing. Since the hydrogel wound dressing does not release bioactive substances, the new technology is expected to become quickly approved and translated into clinical application. For this purpose, a hydrogel-coated textile wound contact dressing has now been developed and successfully tested in a large animal model. The team of prizewinners is currently preparing the spin-off of a company.