The University of Kentuckyís Center for Applied Energy Research, along with the College of Pharmacy, are pleased to announce the third in the CAERís Distinguished Lecturer Series

Dr. Allan S. Hoffman
University of Washington

Evolution of Medical Implants and Devices from the 20th Century into the New Millennium

Health Science Learning Center/
College of Nursing, Room 201,
Thursday, November 4th, 1999,
6:30 pm
Dr. Hoffman is internationally recognized for his work in the field of responsive polymers and their application to medicine. Medical implants and therapeutic devices (containing polymers) will become increasingly more important as an aging society moves into the next millennium. His other research interests include surface science and biological sciences in the design and development of new materials and devices for a wide range of uses in medicine and biotechnology. Professor Hoffman studied at MIT where he received B.S., M.S. and Sc.D. degrees in chemical engineering between 1953 and 1957. He taught on the faculty of MITís chemical engineering department for ten years and spent four years in industry. Since 1970 he has been Professor of bio- and chemical engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle. He has authored more than 250 publications, several books and chapters, and twenty patents. Some of his awards include: Fulbright Fellow, 1957-58; Chairman, Gordon Conference on Biomaterials, 1977; Member, Board of Governors, Controlled Release Society, 1991-1994; and Founding Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering in 1992.

Evolution of Medical Implants and Devices from
the 20th Century into the New Millennium

Allan S. Hoffman
University of Washington

Medical implants and therapeutic devices have had an immense impact on modern health care. This exciting and important field really began in earnest only about sixty years ago. Implants and devices contain a wide variety of materials, including polymers and metals. Where did the materials come from for the earliest devices? How did they develop into safer and purer forms, with a variety of novel designs and shapes? And where are they heading now, as we enter the 21st Century with an aging population. This general talk will focus on the wide variety of polymer materials used in medical implants and devices, tracing their history over the past sixty years, and attempt to predict where the field is headed as we enter the new Millennium.


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