Conference Program

The conference takes place between November 21st and 23rd, 2018.

The program can be found in the book of abstracts:

Conference Flyer

The flyer can be downloaded (PDF, 2MB).

Plenary speakers

Prof. Dr. V. Mironov


Bioprinting of first functional and vascularized human organ

Vladimir Mironov was born in Russia in 1954. Vladimir Mironov finished Ivanovo State Medical Institute in 1977 as a medical doctor. He got his PhD in Developmental Biology from Second Moscow Pirogov Medical Institute in 1980. He was trained by Prof. Peter Kaufmann at The Department of Anatomy RWTH in Aachen and Werner Risau’s lab in Germany in Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry in Matinsried, Germany. He later worked at The Department of Anatomy and Regenerative Medicine and Advanced Tissue Biofabrication Center in The Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC, USA and then at The Division of 3D Technologies of Renato Archer Institute for InformationTechnology at Campinas, SP, Brazil. Last 5 years he worked as a Chief Scientific Officer at 3D Bioprinting Solutions and Leading Scientist at Regenerative Medicine institute of Moscow Sechenov Medical University, Moscow, Russia. He is one of pioneer of 3D bioprinting technology. He already bioprinted a first functional and vascularised organ construct – a mouse thyroid gland. Moreover  his company 3D Bioprinting Solutions (Moscow Russia) plans to bioprint world first functional vascularise human organ (human ovary) in 2018, perform first magnetic levitational assembly of tissue constructs from tissue spheroids in Space at International Space Station in September 2018 and develop robotic in situ bioprinting of tissue engineered human hairs (project Capillinser) together with Belgian experts in polymer science.

Prof. Dr. K. Schenke-Layland


Marker-free monitoring of cells and tissues OR the use of extracellular matrix proteins as biomaterials for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine

Prof. Dr. Katja Schenke-Layland currently holds a dual appointment as Professor of Biomedical Technologies and Regenerative Medicine at the University Women’s Hospital at the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen (UKT), and the Director of the Natural and Medical Sciences Institute (NMI) Reutlingen, Germany. Katja is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Cardiology at UCLA, Los Angeles, USA, is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Tissue Engineering, Part B, Reviews, and an Executive Editor for Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews, which is, one of the top journals in the field of advanced drug delivery. Katja is the Study Dean for Medical Technology at the UKT and sits on the board of multiple journals and biomedical associations. Katja is a biologist with a main interest in stem cell, developmental and extracellular matrix biology. Her work focuses on the translation of developmental processes into clinically relevant biomaterials and regenerative therapy strategies, and the development of diagnostic tools to discover and validate therapeutic candidates and diagnose diseases.

Prof. Dr. A. Ovsianikov


3D Printing and bioprinting with high spatial resolution, challenges and perspectives

Aleksandr Ovsianikov is currently an Associate Professor at the TU Wien (Vienna, Austria) and a member of the Austrian Cluster for Tissue Regeneration ( His research is dealing with the use of additive manufacturing technologies for tissue engineering and regeneration. Dr. Ovsianikov has background in laser physics and material processing with femtosecond lasers. A particular focus his current research is the development of multiphoton processing technologies for engineering of biomimetic 3D cell culture matrices and realization of novel tissue engineering scaffolds. He was awarded a prestigious Starting Grant in 2012 and a Consolidator Grant in 2017 from the European Research Council (ERC) for projects aimed at these topics. His research interests include high-resolution 3D printing, laser-induced photo-chemistry, development of biomaterials for additive manufacturing and bioprinting. Together with Prof. Mironov and Prof. Yoo he is an editor of a living book project “3D Printing and Biofabrication” published by Springer in cooperation with Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS).

Prof. Dr. R. Valiokas


Microfabrication and nanoengineering of self-supporting ECM-mimetic hydrogels for 3D tissue constructs

Head of Department of Nanoengineering at the Center for Physical Sciences and Technology (CPST), Lithuania, currently also acting as the CEO for a biotechnology start-up Ferentis. RV earned his MSc in biophysics from Vilnius University, Lithuania in 1996 and PhD in applied physics from Linköping University, Sweden, in 2001. He worked as a post-doctoral scientist at Linköping University (biomaterials) and Frankfurt University (biochemistry), 2001-2004. After joining the CPST in 2004, he established first a laboratory and later a department, which in turn developed into an alternative micro/nanofabrication facility, providing nanotechnology services to European and international companies and public entities. RV was a co-founder of a biomaterials start-up Ferentis UAB, recognized by the 4th Annual European Life Science Awards as the Best New Company in Europe in 2014. RV’s main area of competences and activities includes molecular self-assembly, surface chemistry, biophysics, micro/nanofabrication for cell and tissue engineering and bioanalytics. He has co-authored more than 30 publications and 3 international patents/applications.

Prof. Dr. G. Carmeliet


Hypoxia, blood vessels and metabolism in bone tissue engineering

Geert Carmeliet has obtained her medical degree in 1983 at the KU Leuven, Belgium and her board certificate in Pediatrics in 1989. During this clinical training, she started her doctoral work in the Centre of Human Genetics, KU Leuven and obtained her PhD in Biomedical Sciences in 1994 at the KU Leuven. She performed a postdoctoral training in the lab of Clinical and Experimental Endocrinology, KU Leuven, was appointed assistant Professor in 1995 and is since 2000 Professor in Medicine. She is now Chairman of the Division of Clinical and Experimental Endocrinology, KU Leuven. She is first, corresponding and/or senior author in a broad spectrum of basic and translational journals in the field of bone development, pathology and regeneration, but also in more general biomedical journals including Cell Metabolism, Journal of Clinical Investigation, Proceeding National Academy Sciences USA, Journal of Cell Biology, EMBO Journal, Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, with also invited reviews for Physiological Reviews, Endocrine Reviews. She is involved at several levels in training and teaching medical students and PhD students. She teaches Pathofysiology to medical students, 3rd Bac, at the KU Leuven. She has supervised more than 20 master students in Bioengineering and Biomedical Sciences, more than 20 PhD students and around 10 postdocs. Most of the PhD students received a ‘Young Investigator Award’ from the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research during their PhD training and their abstracts were often selected for oral presentation at the ASBMR, Gordon Conference, Vitamin D workshop, Thermis. In addition, she is member of PhD supervisory committee of several PhD theses at KU Leuven, was chairman of Doctoral Committee of Biomedical Sciences, KU Leuven and member of examination board of PhD theses in Belgium and abroad (NL, FR, AU). She is member of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium, member of the Departmental Council, KU Leuven, member of FWO expert panel and was member of the Scientific Research Council, KU Leuven. She is reviewer for several journals, for international committees of applicant and project proposals (MRC, NOW, FWF, ISF, INSERM) and is involved in the organization of congresses and meetings (ECE, Vitamin D workshop). She is an invited speaker at international conferences (Gordon, BRS, Keystone, ASBMR, ECTS, JBMRS).