Our Bionic Future: the role of biomaterials in re-engineering the human body

Wednesday 20th June, 6.30pm

A cell-bearing structure for tissue culture, developed at UCL Mechanical Engineering

A cell-bearing structure for tissue culture, developed at UCL Mechanical Engineering by Dr Jayasinghe

The idea that we might be able to rebuild the human the body when it falls apart has been around for a long time.  The 1970s tv series Six Million Dollar Man encapsulated the hopes and the dreams of such a future at a time when the idea of making artificial bones, organs and muscles was very much in the realms of science fiction. Forty years later it is becoming an engineering reality.

This talk by Mark Miodownik, Professor of Materials and Society at UCL Mechanical Engineering, covers some of the most exciting current technologies and dares to look another forty years into the future.

 

 

Couldn’t make it to the talk? Want to relive it or look up some references given during? Check out the Storify recording Mark Miodownik’s ‘Bionic Future’ talk – with video, tweet, image and links.

 

 

Part of MedTech week: 18th—22nd June 2012. Celebrating the launch of the Institute for Biomedical Engineering at UCL, this programme features a series of talks from leading researchers in medical technology and biomedical engineering, discussing topics ranging from biomaterials & tissue engineering to structural implants & medical imaging.