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BME Doctoral Candidates Win Society for Biomaterials Grant to Host Regional Conference

Four Ph.D. students in biomedical engineering successfully won a grant from the Society for Biomaterials to support their plans for a Biomaterials Day, a regional conference planned for the Fall of 2011. The organizers -- Suzana Vallejo-Heligon, Alice Brochu, Cristina Fernandez and Brittany Davis -- have dubbed their conference “From Bench Top to Bedside - Linking the Biomaterials Triangle: Academia, Industry, and Medicine.” In addition to bringing together students, faculty and industry leaders from area universities and companies, the group also plans on activities to interest high school students in the field. They are also starting a Society for Biomaterials (SFB) Chapter in the Triangle area. Eventually, they hope to develop an annual conference including chapters from Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, and Louisiana. The four students all work in the laboratory of Monty Reichert.