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Southeast Biomaterials Day – A Success Borne of Collaboration

On October 14th, 2016, the Georgia Tech Student Chapter for the Society for Biomaterials organized and hosted the second Southeast Biomaterials Day in collaboration with Clemson University. The sold-out event with over 150 attendees was truly collaborative and included participation from seven other universities in addition to Georgia Tech and Clemson: the University of Florida, Emory University, Mercer University, Auburn University, North Carolina State University, the University of Georgia, and the next host for the Southeast Biomaterials Day, Vanderbilt University.

The presentation sessions started and ended with plenary speakers, Dr. Cherie Stabler from the University of Florida and Dr. Jordan Green from Johns Hopkins University. Each session also featured a faculty talk from professors at Georgia Tech or Clemson, including Dr. Julie Champion from Georgia Tech, Dr. James Dahlman from Georgia Tech, and Dr. Jeoung Soo Lee from Clemson. Student research was featured throughout the event in four student presentations, twelve rapid fire talks, and over sixty student poster presentations. The top three posters and top three oral presentations on drug delivery were determined by a panel of faculty judges and presented at the conclusion of the event.

Attendees had the opportunity to ask questions and network during the working lunch with industry panelists from multiple companies and diverse career tracks. There were additional networking opportunities during multiple breaks throughout the day and during the poster-session and reception that concluded the event.

The success of the event can largely be attributed to the participation of multiple universities throughout the southeast, particularly from Southeast Biomaterials Day Co-hosts at Clemson University. In addition to Clemson trainees participating through multiple presentations throughout the day, their student chapter also aided in abstract review, event organization, and multiple faculty members served as session chairs and judges for the poster competition. In the spirit of collaboration, Georgia Tech and Clemson University will welcome Vanderbilt University as a new co-host for the Southeast Biomaterials Day held in 2017 and the groups have already prepared a joint grant proposal to the National Society for Biomaterials. At the conclusion of the event, the Georgia Tech, Clemson, and Vanderbilt student chapter leaders met to discuss planning for the next Southeast Biomaterials Day in 2017 that will be hosted by Vanderbilt University. The 2016 event was truly a success borne of collaboration, and the three schools look forward to growing the Southeast Biomaterials Day next year.

Southeast Biomaterials Day Chair, Olivia Burnsed, and Co-Chairs, Lina Maria Mancipe Castro, Ryan Akman, and Fabrice Bernard