1 Feb 2018
UM Star Lecture in Breda

Towards a healthy body with biomaterials

The promise of regenerative medicine is that we can grow older in a healthier way and that we can recover faster after illness or an accident. The ‘trick’ that regenerative medicine uses for this is to strengthen the body's restorative ability. Instead of implanting a hip prosthesis, small granules of ceramic are implanted. These granules stimulate the body to create new bone and cartilage. This completely restores the function of the bone and cartilage.

This lecture will discuss what regenerative medicine has already achieved, as well as the future possibilities and limitations of the field. How advanced can and should regenerative therapies be? How do we make sure that these therapies are accessible to everyone, and not just to the lucky few? (Lecture is in Dutch).

About the speaker


Pamela Habibovic is a professor of Inorganic Biomaterials at the MERLN Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine. She is a researcher and is active in the field of regenerative medicine. She studies and develops biomaterials that can be used for the healing and regeneration of damaged and poorly functioning tissues and organs. An example of this is her research into synthetic, ceramic biomaterials that stimulate the body to heal bone and cartilage. These materials can be used for the treatment of major bone damage that occurs, for example, as the result of a car accident. Biomaterials can also be used in the removal of a tumour. For her research, Habibovic has received the prestigious NWO Veni, Aspasia, Vidi and Gravitation grants, among others.

Habibovic is co-founder of the MERLN Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine. Within the institute, she leads the Department of Instructive Biomaterials Engineering. Her PhD research was completed at the University of Twente, after which she worked as a postdoc in the United States and Canada. Before arriving in Maastricht, she led a research group from 2008 to 2014 at the University of Twente. Habibovic is president of the European Society for Biomaterials. Its members include biomaterial scientists from all top European universities, medical centres and many companies. In addition, she is on the editorial boards of four scientific journals in the field of biomaterials and regenerative medicine. She has published more than 70 articles and 10 book chapters and has given over 30 guest lectures. In 2013, she received the prestigious Jean Leray Award for talented young scientists from the European Society for Biomaterials.