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Many Australians have been to the dentist to be told that they have an oral issue impacting both function and aesthetics. For example, gum disease affects nearly 50% of Australians over the age of 40. Left untreated, this can result in painful and sometimes irreversible oral damage.

Professor Saso Ivanovski and his team from UQ's School of Dentistry are exploring ways to repair this tissue damage using new 3D bio-printing technology to print live tissues and cells.

This requires the expertise of not only clinicians, but also engineers and scientists. Professor Justin Cooper-White from UQ's Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology will provide an engineer's perspective on developing biomaterials for tissue engineered cartilage, bone, cardiac muscle and vascular systems.

Join us for this fascinating presentation, which will bring together three UQ researchers, Professor Saso Ivanovski, Professor Justin Cooper-White and Dr Michal Bartnikowski, whose combined research and expertise could be the key to regenerating oro-facial tissues.


Professor Saso Ivanovski

Image of Professor Saso IvanovskiA Professor of Periodontology at UQ’s School of Dentistry, Professor Saso Ivanovski is a clinician-scientist who leads a research group with a focus on the clinical and biological aspects of oro-facial reconstruction and regeneration.  He is a formal federal president of the Australian Society of Periodontology and the Australasian Osseointegration Society, and is a fellow of the International Team of Implantology.  Professor Ivanovski has published over 130 full length papers in the peer-reviewed international literature.

Dr Michal Bartnikowski

Image of Dr Michal BartnikowskiDr Bartnikowski is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The University of Queensland, where his work is focused on the development of a quality system for biomaterial implant manufacture, clinical translation of biodegradable scaffolds for bone and periodontal regeneration, and the improvement of bioactivity of tissue engineering biomaterial implants.

With a PhD and Bachelor's degree in Medical Engineering and experience in both postdoctoral research and medical device industry, Michal has had a uniquely balanced exposure to the field of medical engineering.

Professor Justin Cooper-White

Image of Professor Justin Cooper-WhiteProfessor Cooper-White is a global leader in using engineering to solve problems in biology.  He specialises in elucidating the microenvironmental cues that regulate stem cell behaviours and translating those insights into biomaterial scaffolds and microdevices to direct stem cell differentiation.

Professor Cooper-White is an Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology Group Leader at the University of Queensland, the Director of the Australian National Fabrication Facility-Queensland Node, and is one of only 13 CSIRO Office of the Chief Executive Science Leaders across the country. 

About Global Leadership Series

The Global Leadership Series (GLS) is a lively program of events for alumni and community members. Join us for lectures and discussions with the best of the best UQ-related speakers on matters that impact your community and shape your ideas of the world.

The series is an opportunity for you to engage with great minds on global matters, participate in thought-provoking discussions and network with UQ alumni and community members. All alumni, parents, community members and friends are welcome to attend the Global Leadership Series events.

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