Annual Conference
Biomaterials in Medicine
and Veterinary Medicine
10 - 13 October 2024 Rytro, Poland

Prof. Małgorzata Włodarczyk-Biegun

Polymer Science
Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials
University of Groningen

Groningen, The Netherlands

Biotechnology Centre
The Silesian University of Technology
Gliwice, Poland
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Plenary Lecture: 3D Printing for the Reconstruction of Functional Tissue Gradients

Gosia (Małgorzata) Włodarczyk-Biegun is an Associate Professor at the Silesian University of Technology, in Gliwice, Poland, and an Assistant Professor at The University of Groningen, The Netherlands. She is a leader of Biofabrication and Bio-inspired Materials group joining both labs. Her research is focused on applying 3D (bio)printing techniques to generate complex hierarchical scaffolds of polymeric materials for advanced tissue regeneration. She is also interested in the rational design and development of novel polymer-based bioinks with tunable properties allowing to induce a specific cellular response, to produce systems with bio-instructive properties.
She has earned her Master degree in Poland, in Psychology, and in Biomedical Engineering. For her PhD, she decided to continue in the field of Biomedical Engineering. She obtained the title in January 2016, at Wageningen University and Research Center in the Netherlands, working on recombinant proteins for biomedical applications. In the years 2016-2020, she was employed at INM-Leibniz Institute for New Materials, in Germany as a postdoctoral researcher working on biofabrication. In 2017, she was awarded a UNESCO-L’Oréal for Women in Science Prize in recognition of her research qualities and ability to combine excellence in science with being a mother. Since 2020, she has received 3 prestigious grants from NWO (Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research) to conduct her work in the Netherlands. She was awarded NAWA Polish returns grant (2019) to set-up her own research group in Poland, and in the following years two Polish NCN Opus grants to further support her research there. The received funding allows to pursue international collaborative work in biofabrication field.

Prof. Sachiro Kakinoki

Department of Chemistry and Materials Engineering
Kansai University
Osaka, Japan

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Plenary Lecture: Peptide Immobilization to Create Bioactive and Bioinert Surfaces for Blood-Compatible Medical Devices

Sachiro Kakinoki is a Professor of Department of Chemistry and Materials Engineering at Kansai University. He earned his Ph.D. in peptide science from Osaka Prefecture University in Japan in 2005. Following his doctoral studies, he underwent postdoctoral training at the Biomaterial Center, National Institute of Materials Science (NIMS: Ibaraki, Japan), and the National Cerebral Cardiovascular Center Institute (NCVC: Osaka, Japan). Subsequently, he worked as a researcher at NCVC focusing on biofunctional surfaces from 2010 to 2015. In 2015, he transitioned to Kansai University as an associate professor and was later promoted to full professor in 2022. He has been honored with several awards, including the Yoshimi Memorial T.M.P Grant Award from the Japanese Society for Artificial Organs in 2011 and the Young Investigator’s Award from the Japanese Society for Regenerative Medicine in 2013. He is co-author of an undergraduate textbook on ceramic processing. He has published about 50 scientific papers in international peer-reviewed journals. Additionally, he serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Artificial Organs and the Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine.