The 3rd Meeting of the RAPIDOS Chinese- European Joint Research project
The 3rd Meeting for the RAPIDOS Chinese- European Joint Research project and visit of the Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Integration Technology
The third official joint Chinese-European RAPIDOS meeting took place in Hong Kong, on the 15th of November 2014, almost one year after the kick-off meeting held in Beijing. This meeting was followed on the 16th of November 2014 by a visit at the Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Integration Technology.
The RAPIDOS Partners meeting at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Hong Kong.
On the 15th of November, the RAPIDOS partners were guests of the Prof. Ling Qin, who welcomed the team at the Prince of Wales Hospital, the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
This meeting was a great opportunity to update all the partners on the progresses of the project, one year after the kick-off meeting and 6 months after our last joint meeting at the University of Twente, The Netherlands.
The day started with the scientific reports from all the RAPIDOS partners. Prof. Tang from SJTU presented the last studies on the antimicrobial activity of the magnesium containing scaffold developed at SIAT. This was followed with the very comprehensive report of Dr. Wang from 301 Hospital on microstructure and mechanical properties of femoral head with osteonecrosis, which is one of the clinical problem targeted by the RAPIDOS consortium. The SIAT team gave several reports on the progress in the low temperature rapid prototyping fabrication of scaffolds, their osteogenicity and antibacterials activities and finally recent findings on the biological action of icariin. Mike Geven, Ph.D. student at UT, reported the first successful creation of consortium shaped composite implant using Stereolithography, while Xi Zhang, Ph.D. student at QMUL, reported the incorporation of icariin into electrospun-fibers intended to be used at drug delivery system and reinforcement material. Finally, Dr. Yuan presented a preclinical study showing the enhanced osteoinduction of icariin loaded calcium phosphate particles.
The very large and exciting data presented by the partners led to intense discussion.
The lunch break came and this was the opportunity for the traditional group picture and visit of the laboratory.
The afternoon was dedicated to the consortium management and planning of consortium scientific activities. The meeting was finally closed at the end of the afternoon and the partners joined later for a short visit of Hong Kong and photo “souvenir” with the beautiful Hong Kong skyline.
Visit at Shenzhen Institute of Advanced Integration Technology.
The following day, Dr. Yuxiao Lai, Dr. Xinluan Wang, Prof. Guanglin Li and Prof. Zhang Peng were our host in Schenzhen for a visit of the Institute of Advanced Integration Technology. This was a great opportunity to experience the exceptional facilities of the institute and meet the whole SIAT team. Dr. Eglin David and Mr Mike Geven presented their work to the group. This was another studious opportunity to discuss and exchange knowledge which will hopefully leads to new ideas!