Highlights from 2018
In May 2018, I was delighted to present a talk about 3D printing in medicine at the Pint of Science festival in London (UK) on behalf of 3DMedNet. Alongside my brief introduction to the world of medical printing was an insightful presentation from James Avery (Imperial College London, UK) and Daniil Nikitichev (University College London, UK), who provided a more in-depth account of how 3D printing is revolutionizing medical research.
Where are we now?
A year on, I interviewed Avery and Nikitichev to establish where they are now with their research, how the field may have changed since May 2018 and the importance of engagement initiatives to involve the public in scientific research.
Looking ahead to 2019, tickets for UK events are now on sale!
Tickets are available for events in more than 40 cities across the UK from 20–22 May, with titles relating to the theme for this year’s festival: ‘What Next?’
“As the festival enters its seventh year, we're thrilled to have Pint of Science reaching more people than ever before,” new UK Director, Dr Callam Davidson, commented. “This year's festival will feature some fantastically creative events cooked up by our endlessly ambitious volunteers, showcasing some of the nation's most brilliant researchers in their local pubs and cafes. This year has been a big one for Pint of Science, and we see some very exciting things on the horizon - join us for a pint in May and we'll tell you all about it!”
See below for our top picks for the festival in the UK, where medical 3D printing is being showcased!
Reaching into robotics
Giving robotic limbs a 'sense of touch' - Habib Nassar, PhD Researcher (University of Glasgow, Scotland)
Investigating the body
Animal testing & how can we get rid of it? - John Greenman, Professor of Tumour Immunology (University of Hull, UK)
Innovations: pushing limits and bettering our lives
Transplanting the untransplantable!? - Dr Pankaj Chandak, Specialist Registrar and Research Fellow (Guy's and Great Ormond Street Hospital and King's College London; both London, UK)
Medicine ex machina
3D printing for healthcare - Kawal Rhode, Professor of Biomedical Engineering (King's College London)
Connect-create-change: frugal innovations in MedTech - Prashant Jha, Professor of Affordable Medical Technologies (School of International Biodesign; New Delhi, India)
New ways to bone
New bones from old cells - Kenny Dalgarno, Professor in the School of Engineering (Newcastle University, UK)
A journey to the nanoworld of viruses: from nanomachines to medicines - Roger Castells Graells, PhD Researcher (John Innes Centre; Norwich, UK)
Scratching the surface of material science
Biomaterials discovery: a personal tale from tribulations to trials - Morgan Alexander, Professor of Biomedical Surfaces (University of Nottingham, UK)
3D printing of metals - Nesma Aboulkhair, Anne McLaren Fellow at Centre for Additive Manufacturing (University of Nottingham)
The future of healthcare
This event promises to bring insights on 'new technologies, including 3D printing, robotics and apps are being used to fix our bodies, improve our well-being and develop new medicines'. Watch this space for more information.
Making and breaking
This event promises to investigate 'what 3D printing has done for us, how sound can be used to detect fractures and how computers can be trained to predict when buildings will need maintenance.' Watch this space for more information.