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25/07/2016- Mª Antonia Llopis receives an award for excellence in academic performance from the Faculty of Sciences for her studies in Biochemistry. Congratulations! Ready for starting her PhD with FPU grant!

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01/07/2016- Read our success story with the NewBone Eurostar project: “Groundbreaking implant technique to heal damaged bone“.

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28/06/2016-  Another PhD thesis from the group! Alba Córdoba has publicly defended her thesis titled “Covalent Functionalization of Titanium with Natural Small Molecules for Bioactive Bone Implants” and been awarded the PhD-title with distinction. Congratulations! The evaluation committee were María Vallet-Regí from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Francesc Xavier Gil Mur from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and Immaculada Ratera from Institut de Ciència de Materials de Barcelona (ICMAB). See the resume of the thesis here (In Spanish/Catalan only).

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13/06/2016- Our former PhD student, Dr. Manuel Gómez, has been awarded with a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (IF-EF) at the 3B’s Research Group at the University of Minho. The project’s overall objective is developing an innovative tendon/ligament replacement that results in a fully regenerated living tissue, mimicking the natural structure and function and with long-term viability (PrinTendon). Congratulations Manu!. This is the second Marie Curie grant awarded to our former PhD students.

01/06/2016- The group has been present at the 9th Meeting of the Scandinavian Society of Biomaterials  at Reykjavik presenting the last results “Effect of flavonoid-nanocoated surfaces on gingival cells and oral bacteria“.IMG_20160601_190320

18/04/2016- A new publicación of the group has been accepted in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, titled “Direct Covalent Grafting of Phytate to Titanium Surfaces through Ti-O-P Bonding Shows Bone Stimulating Surface Properties and Decreased Bacterial Adhesión” by Córdoba, A.; Hierro-Oliva, M.; Pacha, M.A.; Fernández, M.; Perelló, J.; Isern, B.; Gonzalez-Martin, M.L.; Monjo, M.; Ramis, J.M. It covers the main results of the PHYTECH Project (PI: Joana M. Ramis) funded by the INNPACTO program (granted by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness), in collaboration with two Spanish biotechnology companies, NuMat Biomedical SL and  Laboratoris SANIFIT SL, the CIBER-BBN Research Group on Microbial Adhesion of the Universidad of Extremadura and the Research Group of Cell Therapy and Tissue Engineering from the Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB). More info here: Diari UIB, Diario de Mallorca, Ara Balears.

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15/04/2016- Mª Antonia Llopis has been awarded with “Premios Santander-UIB 2015” to the best master student of Master’s Degree in Advanced Microbiology (MMAV). Congratulations!

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19/02/2016- Marta Monjo has been appointed as member of Journal of Applied Biomaterials & Functional Materials (JABFM) International Advisory Board.

18/12/2015-  Mikel Ramos Murguialday has publicly defended his thesis titled “Estudio prospectivo de la regeneración ósea mediante la utilización de injerto compuesto en elevaciones de seno maxilar” and been awarded the PhD-title with distinction. Congratulations!

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16/10/2015- A new publicación of the group has been accepted in Scientific Reports, titled “Quercitrin for periodontal regeneration: effects on human gingival fibroblasts and mesenchymal stem cells” by Manuel Gómez-Florit, Marta Monjo, and Joana Ramis. In this work, we suggest the use of quercitrin as a bioactive molecule that can create a microenvironment suitable for soft and hard tissue regeneration and therefore enhance periodontal regeneration.

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28/09/2015- Another PhD from the group. Manuel Gómez has publicly defended his thesis titled “Testing of biomolecules and novel surfaces for periodontal and peri-implant regeneration” and been awarded the PhD-title with distinction. Congratulations!

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25/09/2015- A new PhD from the group. María Satué has publicly defended her thesis titled “Improving osseointegration of titanium implants by a novel bioactive coating with UV‐irradiated 7‐ dehydrocholesterol ” and been awarded the PhD-title with distinction. Congratulations! See the resume of the thesis here (In Spanish/Catalan only).

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24/09/2015- The group organizes a workshop from the 25th to the 29th of September at the University of the Balearic Islands, in the frame of the Project “Development of novel coating strategies of medical devices for improved osseointegration (OSSEONET) (013-Abel-CM-2013 )”,  NILS Science and Sustainability Programme (ES07 EEA Grants). Check the Agenda here and report for the meeting from the Department of Biomaterials at the University of Oslo, partner of the OSSEONET proposal.

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29/07/2015- One PhD student from the Department of Biomaterials from the University of Oslo (Benjamin Müller) has joined the group for three and a half months with the EEA grants of our financed project “Development of novel coating strategies of medical devices for improved osseointegration (OSSEONET) (013-Abel-CM-2013 )”,  NILS Science and Sustainability Programme (ES07 EEA Grants). He is currently involved in research related to bone regeneration and scaffolds.

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14/07/2015- A new publicación of the group has been accepted in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces in collaboration with the CIBER-BBN Research Group on Microbial Adhesion of the Universidad of Extremadura, titled “Bioinspired quercitrin nanocoatings: A fluorescence-based method for its surface quantification, and its effect on stem cell adhesion and differentiation to the osteoblastic lineage” by Córdoba, A.; Monjo, M.; Hierro-Oliva, M.; González-Martín, M.L.; Ramis, J.M. In this work, we report a fluorescence-based method for the quantification of nano amounts of flavonoids grafted onto surfaces, using a flavonoid-specific fluorescent probe. The method is sensitive, simple, rapid and easy to perform with routine fluorescence equipment, and could be applied to determine the surface coverage of other plant derived polyphenol-based coatings. Polyphenol-based coatings is a growing area of research, and these coatings have several potential applications in medicine and medical devices due to the multiple bioactive functionalities of these compounds.

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01/07/2015- One PhD student from the Department of Biomaterials from the University of Oslo  (Oscar Villa) has joined the group for two and a half months with the EEA grants of our financed project “Development of novel coating strategies of medical devices for improved osseointegration (OSSEONET) (013-Abel-CM-2013 )”,  NILS Science and Sustainability Programme (ES07 EEA Grants). He is currently involved in research related to connective tissue regeneration, early periodontal wound healing, surgical sutures and enamel matrix proteins.

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26/06/2015- The group receives the first prize “Premis de recerca 2014” from the “Acadèmia mèdica balear” for the research article: Caubet, J.; Ramis, J.M.; Ramos-Murguialday, M.; Morey, M.; Monjo, M. (2015). Gene expression and morphometric parameters of human bone biopsies after maxillary sinus floor elevation with autologous bone combined with Bio-Oss® or BoneCeramic®. Clinical Oral Implants Research 26(6): 727-735. More info here.

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15/04/2015- Two PhD students from the group  (María Satué and Manuel Gómez) joined the Deparment of Biomaterials at the University of Oslo for three months with the EEA grants of our financed project “Development of novel coating strategies of medical devices for improved osseointegration (OSSEONET) (013-Abel-CM-2013 )”,  NILS Science and Sustainability Programme (ES07 EEA Grants).  The purpose of their stay is to investigate the in vivo performance of several coated titanium implants in a rabbit tibia model of bone peri-implant bone healing. Read more.

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24/02/2015- New book chapter “Development of a Novel Fluoride-Modified Implant Surface for Clinical Use”. Check it out!

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19/12/2014- One PhD student from the Department of Biomaterials from the University of Oslo  (Rui Xing) joined the group for three months with the EEA grants of our financed project “Development of novel coating strategies of medical devices for improved osseointegration (OSSEONET) (013-Abel-CM-2013 )”,  NILS Science and Sustainability Programme (ES07 EEA Grants). The purpose of her stay is to perform in vitro experiments with bacteria and gingival fibroblasts using doxycycline coated titanium implants. She has now defended her thesis, congratulations Dr. Xing!

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4/07/2014- The group receives a new grant from “Osteology Foundation titled “Nanostructured flavonoid coated implants for soft tissue integration”. This project aims at developing novel bioactive metal surfaces for improved soft tissue integration, to reduce the rate of implant failure in patients affected with peri-implantitis.

13/06/2014- The project  “Estudio prospectivo de la regeneración ósea en elevaciones de seno maxilar. En busca del injerto y timing ideal en elevaciones de seno maxilar” presented at XV Congreso de Cirugía Oral e Implantología (Palma de Mallorca, 12-13 June 2014) by M. Ramos, J. Caubet-Biayna, J. M. Ramis, M. Morey-Mas, M. Monjo receives the national grant “Beca Investigación Básica Dr. Gómez Iglesias” for the best research project related to oral and maxillofacial surgery.

29/04/2014-  The article of the group published in Inmunología from the Spanish Society for Immunology (Sociedad Española de Inmunología, SEI)  receives the Miltenyi Biotec Prize 2013 for the best original publication.

24/04/2014- María Satué Sahún has been named finalist for the Montserrat Casas Prize in the area of “Experimental and Health Sciences, Engineering and Architecture”.

21/02/2014- The Group, together with the Department of Biomaterials from the University of Oslo, receives 63.700 € of funding from the NILS Science and Sustainability programme. The OSSEONET proposal aims at providing the scientific and technological basis to develop new innovative biomaterials for repair and re-growth of viable skeletal tissues. The proposed research program will facilitate mobility for PhD students and experienced researchers. Moreover, participants will have access to outstanding facilities and training. ANEXO_2_LogoNILS2

20/12/2013- See publication list from 2013, it has been a productive year! The group produced 13 articles in the fields of dentistry, pharmacology, biomedical engineering, materials science and biochemistry & molecular biology. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year 2014!

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15/11/2013- A recent publication of the group has been featured by Global Medical Discovery. Global Medical Discovery service alerts the scientific community to breaking journal articles considered to be of importance to the drug discovery process. Papers are selected from over 20,000 published each week from most peer reviewed journals. Global Medical Discovery is viewed almost 365,000 times each month by audience of academic and industrial R&D personnel and it is featured on the intranets of a growing number of the top 40 BioPharmaceutical companies and major academic institutions.

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14/11/2013- The group receives a new grant from “Instituto de Salud Carlos III” under de program “Proyectos de investigacion en salud (AES 2013)” titled “Potenciación de las propiedades osteoinductoras de matriz ósea desmineralizada (DBM) para su uso terapéutico en humanos”. This project aims at developing demineralized bone matrix (DBM) for clinical use and strengths the collaboration between the University Balearic Islands (UIB) and the Blood and Tissue Bank Foundation from the Balearic Islands (FBSTIB).

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23/09/2013- A new Master degree from the group. Alba Córdoba has publicly defended her Master degree titled “Functionalization of titanium surfaces with flavonoids for bone tissue regeneration” and been awarded the Master’s Degree in Chemical Science and Technology with distinction. Congratulations!

12/04/2013- A new PhD from the group. Marina Rubert has publicly defended her thesis titled “On the role and potential use of proline-rich peptides in bone regeneration” and been awarded the PhD-title with distinction. Congratulations for your thesis and your granted Marie Curie application (FP7-PEOPLE-2012-IEF)! Marina Rubert will work with a 3D tissue-engineered model of bone adaptation.

Abstract Thesis: With the aim to find new treatments for bone repair, in this thesis synthetic peptides were designed based on consensus polyproline sequences of hard tissue extracellular matrix proteins involved in the regulation of biomineralization processes and evaluated their three dimensional structure in silico, determined their effect in vitro, alone or in combination with different biomaterials, and studied their performance in vivo on coated titanium implants.

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14/01/2013- Intelligent regenerating bone implants: PHYTECH project. Osseointegration and biocompatibility are the two key qualities on the design and development of new materials for bone implants. This is the work currently developed by the PHYTECH project, with the main objective to develop innovative implants capable to repair and regenerate bone tissue.PHYTECH is a public-private initiative, funded by the INNPACTO Project (granted by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness) and it will be developed over the next two years. The total budget is EUR 700.000 and the consortium members are two Spanish biotechnology companies, NuMat Biomedical SL and  Laboratoris SANIFIT SL, the Universitat de les Illes Balears (UIB) and the Center for Biomedical Research in Bioengineering, Biomaterials and Nanomedicine ( CIBER-BBN), of the Instituto de Salud Carlos III.

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