Additive manufacturing (resorbable) metal implants for orthopaedic applications – Presented by Holger Jahr, UK RWTH Aachen

Additive manufacturing (resorbable) metal implants for orthopaedic applications – Presented by Holger Jahr, UK RWTH Aachen, at the 3D Medical Conference, which will take place on 30-31 January 2018 at MECC Maastricht, The Netherlands. Read the interview

In our increasingly elderly population the number of large bone defect treatments is increasing. Due to lifestyle changes, traumatic knee injuries in young adults is also an increasing phenomenon and strongly associated with premature osteoarthritis. Additively manufactured implants seem to offer attractive and personalized solutions for both. Designing complex micro-architectures with advanced nano-topographies is crucial to creating state-of-the-art meta-biomaterial properties to improve their bone tissue regeneration potential and anti-microbial properties. While a plethora of materials exist, metals appear to be beneficial for certain applications. The best implant, however, may be the one that does its job and disappears.

About Holger Jahr
Holger Jahr earned his PhD in molecular genetics from the Dept. of Gene Technology and Microbiology in Bielefeld, spent postdoc periods at the Dept. of Molecular Genetics (UMC Groningen), Stanford Medical Center and Depts. of Internal Medicine and Orthopaedics (Erasmus MC, University Medical Center, Rotterdam), where he led the molecular Orthopaedic research lab.

At present he is Secretary-General of the European Orthopaedic Research Society and director of the Orthopaedic research lab at the University Hospital of the RWTH Aachen. He holds an associate professorship in Experimental Orthopaedics and honorary appointments with the Maastricht UMC+ and TU Delft. His research focuses on regenerative biomaterials for musculoskeletal disorders. In 2017, he received the Klee Family Innovation Award for his work on lattice structured 3D-printed metal implants.

About UK RWTH Aachen
As a maximum-care teaching hospital, we at Uniklinik RWTH Aachen offer you first-class medicine with a human face. Bundling patient care, research and teaching under one roof – a concept which is unique both architecturally and in terms of organisation – facilitates intensive interdisciplinary dialogue and a dense clinical and scientific network.

3D Medical Printing ConferenceAbout 3D Medical Conference
On January 30-31, 2018, MECC Maastricht, The Netherlands, will host a two-day event focused on 3D Medical Printing. Each day has different topics.

Day 1, Jan 30:

Day 2, Jan 31:

The audience, a mix of academics, medical professionals, business, technology, regulation and creatives, will get an excellent overview and insight in the medical tech developments from different perspectives.

Combination tickets are available and can be purchased on any of the conference websites

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