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New film highlights pioneering research into bone substitute materials at Queen Mary

Thursday 12th December 2013

Queen Mary has led the development of bone substitute materials which are now used in 100,000s of patients across the globe. Two spin out companies from Queen Mary, Progentix Orthobiology and Apatech (acquired in 2010 by Baxter International) have commercialised research into these important biomaterials. In 2010, the bone substitute materials sold by Apatech, had 4% of the US bone graft market, an annual revenue of £220 million and had treated over 120,000 patients in 9 countries. Dr Karin Hing has recently been recorded for a short film explaining her pioneering research on development of bone graft substitutes at Queen Mary.

The mini marbles that can repair tooth decay and alleviate sensitive teeth

Tuesday 23rd July 2013

The news that researchers in Queen Mary University of London have discovered that "tiny glass balls" can be incorporated into toothpaste has ben reported by The Daily Mail. The degradable particles are about the same size as the small holes in teeth which are present naturally and are designed to enter such holes, physically block them up and lead to the repair of decayed teeth. The technology recently won the research team a £25,000 prize from the Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers for innovation. Commenting on the technology, Hugh Devlin, professor of restorative dentistry at the University of Manchester, said that "bioactive glass materials in toothpaste is a 'hot' research area," adding: "The trick is getting a product that can be produced in bulk commercially."

QMUL scientist wins biomaterials awards

Dr Hing (right) as see recently on BBC TV's Bang Goes The Theory.
Dr Hing (right) as see recently on BBC TV's Bang Goes The Theory.

Wednesday 3rd July 2013

Dr Karin Hing from the School of Engineering and Materials Science has been awarded two prestigious prizes in recognition of her outstanding contributions to materials research in the field of biomaterials. The UK Society for Biomaterials, Biocompatibility Prize and the Kroll Medal from the Institute of Materials, Mining and Minerals both relate to Dr Hing's research in the development of bone graft substitute materials.

• The 2013 UK Society for Biomaterials, Biocompatibles Prize recognises researchers with an industrial link to their research who have made significant contributions to the UK Biomaterials field. Dr Hing has been awarded this prize in recognition of her research into the importance of synthetic bone graft substitute porosity and chemistry and the translation of this research into clinical practice via the development of the bone graft material, Actifuse. In addition the award recognises her scientific and technical contribution to the biomaterials company, ApaTech, which produces Actifuse.

• The 2013 Kroll Medal from the IOM3 is awarded in recognition of a significant contribution that has enhanced the scientific understanding of materials chemistry as applied to the industrial production of inorganic materials. Dr Hing received the award for her development of a novel commercial processing technique to produce porous bone graft substitute materials with a biomimetic structure and control of chemistry, microstructure and porosity so as to enable in order to control the mechanical and biological performance of the biomaterial.

Graduate recruitment at highest level since 2008, especially amongst Engineering Graduates

SEMS students celebrating their graduation.
SEMS students celebrating their graduation.

Wednesday 3rd July 2013

An article in The Guardian details how the employment prospects for graduates is improving this year. Since the financial crisis hit, some graduates have faced challenges in finding graduate work, although Engineering graduates have fared better than many other subjects and this continues to be the case. "Engineering and industrial companies are taking on 800 extra graduates this year out of the 17,000 total."

The article is good news for those students who question the value of a degree in the current climate. Professor Michael Gunn, vice-chancellor of Staffordshire University and chair of the million+ university thinktank, said: "These statistics confirm that even in a very difficult labour market, studying for a degree on a full-time or a part-time basis remains one of the best ways of securing employment and a career."

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Biomedical Engineering - The best job in the world

an x-ray of a total knee replacement implant (an important area of bioengineering).
an x-ray of a total knee replacement implant (an important area of bioengineering).

Wednesday 24th April 2013

It is now official, being a biomedical engineer is the best job in the world. The annual ranking of occupations was published on 24th April and shows that being a biomedical engineer is in the top 10 jobs, ranked as number 2 (actuary was ranked number 1). Furthermore biomedical engineering has the highest growth forcast of 62%. All this makes studying for a degree in biomedical engineering (also known as medical engineering) an excellent career choice!

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