The 12th Ceramics, Cells and Tissues Conference was held in Faenza, Italy, May 19–22, 2009. The Ceramics, Cells and Tissues Conferences were launched in 1991 and are held annually or biannually. The Conference included about 120 presentations: about a hundred oral presentations, a great part of which were invited lectures, divided into fifteen sessions, and about twenty poster presentations. The topics addressed in both oral and poster presentations were:
- Characterization and modelling of biomaterials: processing, structure, functionality and applicative perspectives;
- Molecular biomimetics and surface engineering (nanocomposites, nanomechanics, nanomagnetics, nanophotonics, nanoelectronics);
- Biologically inspired materials: from structures in Nature to biohybrid composites;
- Micro- and nano-topography effects on cell-material interactions (development in nanomedical ceramics);
- Physical and chemical treatments of orthopaedic implant surfaces and interfaces with tissues;
- Dental and Orthopaedical applications of ceramics;
- Role of nanotechnology and spectroscopic characterisation methods (SEM; AFM; FTIR; RAMAN; EPR; etc. );
- Porous and non - porous ceramic-vitreous systems with enhanced surface reactivity and coatings and "smart" bioactive cements;
- Recent development in biocement and injectable biomaterials;
- Computer modelling and simulation approach to biomaterials development: role of the industry;
- Multifunctional systems and chemical applications (coatings, drugs and genes delivery);
- Genetic engineering and role of proteins in contact with surface reactive biomaterials;
- New concepts of ceramics for tissue engineering;
- Cell-porous ceramic based products for bone repair: animal model and clinical studies;
- Standardization, patents and certification of bioceramic materials and devices.
The Conference also included two Round Table Discussions:
- The best ceramic coatings for metal coronary stents (N. Shehata, A. Maresta, IBS-Trieste I)
- "Consensus workshop" on: Bioactive Glass Ceramic or Hydroxyapatite for tissue engineering scalffolds? (A.R. Boccaccini, D. Uskoković),
as well as an additional symposium:
- Natural nanotechnology for health: surface-reactive clays and waters (F. Tateo, IGG-CNR-Padova and AISA-onlus).
The Round Tables brought very lively and interesting discussions, the full version of which will be included in the conference proceedings.
The author of this review gave an invited lecture entitled “Multifunctional micro- and nanocomposites for the controlled release of medicaments” within Session 5: “Biocomposites”. It was met with great interest and was followed by a lively discussion. Professor Uskokovic was the chairman of Session 9 “Bioactive glass ceramics”.
The conference was accompanied with a varied social programme. The welcoming cocktail was held at the Faenza City Hall (Palazzo del Comune) and it included art exhibition/ competition “Metamorphoses of the human body: mythology, religion and science”. The jury awarded the best works chosen among about a hundred exhibited artworks. On Thursday, on May 21, an excursion to Ravenna was organized for the Conference participants, giving them an opportunity to see the famous monuments of this city (the mausoleum of Theodoric, the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, San Vitale, Dante’s tomb, etc.). After the excursion, in the evening, a ceremonial dinner was organized, during which two young researchers (one from Italy and one from abroad) were awarded for the best oral presentation. The dinner attendees could also enjoy a lottery with prizes including the proceedings of the previous CCT Conferences and bottled wine produced at the winery of Professor Antonio Ravaglioli.
All in all, it was a very successful conference. It offered a great opportunity to participants to get informed on innovative trends in relevant fields and exchange their experiences.