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Materials and Processes for Medical Devices Event Brings Clinicians, Engineers, Designers Together
Date:7/1/2009

ters representing clinical care, medical device development and basic materials science development for medical device applications," Gilbert said. "Our technical program brings together diverse researchers with the common goal of understanding the materials and clinical effects on the performance of new and current medical devices."

Bioactive/Biomimetic Surface and Drug Delivery Systems/Surface Engineering of Medical Devices covers advances in techniques and improved compositions for surface treatments. This session is devoted to the modification of metal, ceramic, or polymer implantable device surfaces for the improvement of functional properties.
Biostability and Biocompatibility provides data on in vitro assessment of cytotoxicity of Nitinol and Nitinol alloys, the relative roles of osteolysis and hypersensitivity by particulate debris to loosening of metal-on-metal hips, and a possible ossible approach to biofilm inhibition.

Corrosion, Fatigue and Durability of Medical Devices will address current corrosion and durability issues facing implant designers and regulators of both vascular and orthopedic implants. The effects of various manufacturing procedures, surface conditions and surface damage on the cyclic polarization, ion-leaching, and fatigue performance of implant materials will be examined.

Effect of Materials on Surgical Techniques will address the effectiveness of materials for soft and hard tissue repair, novel materials for spinal stabilization and implant fixation to bone, and continuing issues regarding tissue responses to conventional and alternate bearings.

Fabrication will include presentations covering new developments in melting, forming, and coating processes involving Ti- alloys as they pertain to microstructure evolution and properties required for medical implants and devices. Innovations in micromachining, machining, welding, and coating processes will also be covered.

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