Friday, December 5, 2008

Webster Named as Co-director

Webster Named as Co-director of New Indo-U.S. Center for Biomaterials for Health Care

The Indian government just announced that Profs. Thomas J. Webster (Associate Professor, Division of Engineering and Department of Orthopedics, Brown University) and Bikramjit Basu (Associate Professor, Department of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, India Institute of Technology at Kanpur) will co-direct a new research center developing better biomaterials for health care. The center involves researchers from 8 universities and industries from the U.S. and India. Prof. Webster will direct all U.S. activities. The focus area for the Center will be in the following areas: (a) Metals and ceramic based orthopedic implant materials, with particular emphasis on Nanobiomaterials; (b) Fundamental investigation on cell-material interaction; (c) Polymer based soft tissue/scaffold materials for tissue engineering application; (d) Biomechanical characterization of implants and (e) A feasibility study on industrial scale production of metallic, ceramic and polymeric based implants/scaffolds. The Center will be funded by the Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum.
In other news: Tom Webster's research into cartilage regeneration was a feature by Ivanhoe Broadcast News. The segment was carried by local television stations nationwide, including the ABC affiliate in Denver. Here is a link to the segment: