Sergio Spaans, together with other researchers of the DankersLab, and collaborators from SyMO-chem and the TU/e, published his work on supramolecular surface functionalization with catechols for the improvement of cell-material interactions in the journal Biomaterials Science. The article is featured on the cover of the special issue for Emerging Investigators 2017. The full article can be found here
Patricia Dankers, along with 2 others from the Institute for Complex Molecular Systems at the TU/e, was awarded a prestigious Vidi grant from the NWO. The research made possible by this grant will focus on bestowing biomaterials with increased bioactivity for better communication with the human body. More information, also on the other awardees can be found on the website of the Cursor and the TU/e
A group of researchers from Eindhoven University of Technology, UMC Utrecht, the Hubrecht Institute and Maastricht University, led by prof. Carlijn Bouten, received a subsidy of 18.8 million euros for research on ‘Materials-Driven Regeneration’. Researchers from the DankersLab are involved in the gravitation research via the design and synthesis of new biomedical materials.
More information can be found on the website of the NWO, and the Cursor
Olga Goor published in Advanced Materials on “Efficient Functionalization of Additives at Supramolecular Material Surfaces” with co-authors from DankersLab collaborators SyMO-Chem and Maastricht University.
From September 28-30, the International Conferenece On Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology (ICONAN) was held in Paris, France. Maxime Grillaud was awarded for the best ICONAN 2016 poster presentation. For more information, visit the website of ICONAN 2016.
October 4-5, the International Symposium on Functional Biointerfaces was held in Berlin, Germany, where Olga Goor won the poster prize. More information on this symposium can be found here.
On October 12 Geert van Almen participated in the Biomaterials session at the Technology For Health 2016 in ’s Hertogenbosch and gave a lecture about supramolecular biomaterials. In his lecture Geert talked about the valorisation activities in the DankersLab and addressed the challenges of combining fundamental and applied research to develop new biomaterials with the commercialization activities to bring these materials to the patient. The session was concluded with a panel discussion about the trends in regenerative medicine and the future of biomaterials. All members of the expert panel agreed that biomaterials have been around for many years, but that we currently stand at the beginning of a period where novel, ‘smart’ materials will be developed that form the next generation of biomaterials. Click here for more information about TFH2016
In August 2016 the first DankersLab retreat was organized, starting of with a full day of science presentations and a show of culinary skill in the evening. The retreat was complete with an entertaining tour through the pitoresque village of Valkenburg and an exploration of the nearby marlstone mines by mountainbike.
Patricia Dankers, a member of The Young Academy since 2015, became a member of the board of The Young Academy. The Young academy focusses on interdisciplinarity, science policy, and the interface between science and society.