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Professor John Hunt Inaugural Lecture

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In this lecture, John Hunt will relate his research in biomaterials and bioengineering to the pressing matters arising through advances in medicine that are increasing lifespan and pushing back pensionable retirement age. What do we expect research and innovation in the future to deliver on healthy ageing and independent living? Will it be enough?

  • When: Tuesday 27 November 2018, 6.30 pm
  • Registration: 5.45 pm
  • Location: Teaching and Learning building, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham, NG11 8NS
  • Booking deadline: Tuesday 27 November 2018, 12.00 pm
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Implanted Medical Devices, the past, the present and the future.

30 years of research in biomaterials and bioengineering have simply flown by. In the last 20 years regeneration and the use of cells particularly stem cells has become a real therapeutic option.

John’s research has been addressing the repair and replacement of parts of humans and animals to return a body back to independent living.  John will present what is known from his own research and relate this to the pressing matters arising through the fantastic advances in medicine that are increasing lifespan and pushing back his pensionable retirement age!

What do we expect from Research and Innovation in the future to deliver on healthy ageing and independent living? Will it be enough?

Professor John Hunt, School of Science and Technology

John’s research has focused on developing breakthrough therapies, devices and technology to repair, replace, augment and in the future regenerate diseased, infected and damaged tissues in humans and other mammals using material interventions.

Understanding the generic science to deliver interventional medical therapies requiring the use of a material (living cells are also considered a material). These will come from an in depth generic first principles approach to understanding and directing the patient’s cellular and molecular mechanisms and responses related to the clinical outcome and efficacy of medical devices, biocompatibility, inflammation and stem cell biology.

Tissue engineering processes are developed and applied, addressing the key areas of patient treatments requiring intervention and material implantation. The materials of choice being researched today also include cells and within that, expertise and intellectual property has been created relating to primary cell sourcing, controlling cell function and phenotype through defining and controlling extracellular matrix interactions, angiogenesis, inflammation, and tissue regeneration.

From a strong long lived generic research platform, specific applications and knowledge has been applied to and continue to be developed for musculoskeletal tissues specifically cartilage and bone, visceral and vascular tissues.  Research has been funded by the European Commission, BBSRC, MRC and EPSRC as well as by Industry. Ph.D in 1992 and D.Sc. in 2006.

John has organised seven national and international conferences; the biggest being the European Society for Biomaterials meeting in 2014.

More information on Professor Hunt can be found on his staff profile.


5.45 pm Registration and welcome refreshments
6.30 pm Inaugural lecture
7.30 pm Buffet
9 pm Event close

Location details


Teaching and Learning building
Clifton Campus
Clifton Lane
NG11 8NS


Free parking is available. Access via Clifton Campus Main Gate entrance off the A453.

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