3D printing, bioprinters and clinical application

Professor Gordon Wallace in lab holding a brain

Professor Gordon Wallace will discuss his team’s exciting research and what it means for the future of medicine.

21 February 2018 - 21 February 2018
7:30am - 9:30am
Address Details
Parliament of New South Wales, 6 Macquarie Street Sydney

The NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer invites you to join her at The Science & Research Breakfast Seminar with Professor Gordon Wallace AO, the 2017 NSW Scientist of the Year from the University of Wollongong.

3D body part printing: No, it’s not something out of a sci-fi blockbuster. It could be coming to a hospital near you – and sooner than you might think, thanks to University of Wollongong researcher, Professor Gordon Wallace.

Professor Gordon Wallace, University of WollongongWallace, the 2017 NSW Scientist of the Year, is known internationally for his work fusing advances in materials science and technology with human biology. His students and collaborators have pioneered the use of nanotechnology in conjunction with organic conductors to create new materials for energy conversion and storage, as well as medical bionics.

That exciting work has led to significant advances recently in biofabrication – also known as 3D body part printing. Biofabrication uses the principles of additive manufacturing to combine cells, gels and fibres into a single construct that can replace diseased or injured tissue.

Clinicians are increasingly seeking out and working with Wallace’s team on the design and refinement of 3D printing systems to overcome specific medical challenges. There are high hopes biofabrication might lead to developments in regenerative medicine, particularly through the use of patients’ own cells.

Professor Gordon Wallace is a leading scientist in the field of electromaterials. Wallace graduated from Deakin University with a BSc Honours (Chemistry and Physics) in 1979 and received a PhD in 1983. He spent two years lecturing at University College in Cork, Ireland, before returning to Australia in 1985 to take up an appointment at the University of Wollongong. He was appointed Professor in 1990.

Wallace is the current Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science, Intelligent Polymer Research Institute, and the Australian National Fabrication Facility – Materials Node. His research interests include the discovery of new materials and the use of these in energy and biomedical devices. He has published more than 900 refereed publications that have attracted in excess of 35,000 citations.

Wallace has received many accolades over his distinguished career. In 2017, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia and named NSW Scientist of the Year.

2018 Science & Research Breakfast Seminar Series

The 2018 Science & Research Breakfast Seminar Series is held in the Strangers’ Function Room at Parliament House of New South Wales, Sydney. Guests are required to undergo routine security screening.

Breakfast, tea and coffee will be served from 7.30am. Seminars will commence at 8am sharp and conclude by 9am. Tea and coffee will also be available afterwards.


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