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Top 3D Bioprinting Event To Be Held In Hungary: Interview

I was proud to see the top 3D bioprinting event to be held in Hungary this September. I contacted the organizers and asked Péter Maróti to answer a few questions to give a clear picture about what attendees can expect and where the industry of 3D bioprinting is heading.

One of, if not, the biggest events in 3D bioprinting will be held in Pécs, Hungary this September. How did you get the chance to organize the event?

The recent years has clearly shown that 3D technologies became essential parts of numerous applications in most scientific fields. This has been recognized by the University of Pécs when Prof. József Bódis (the Rector of UP) initiated last year an innovative and multidisciplinary project focusing on these applications. To foster and accelerate the initial steps of concept building and planning we established a coordination team from members of the various faculties of the University. This team works under the umbrella of the Szentágothai Research Center and a few months ago secured financial funds from and EU grant for the early period of the project. We invited experts from several related fields and asked them to share their expertise and knowledge with our scientific community.


Simultaneously, we established collaborations with potential industrial and scientific partners. We organize the 1. International Interdisciplinary 3D Conference in Pécs as a closing event of this series of lectures, and at the same time as the beginning of the future projects that we plan to manifest at our University. So we believe this will be the cherry on the cake for the first project that summarizes and expands what we learnt in the previous months. This time our interdisciplinary conference will place strong emphasis on bioprinting techniques and methods.

Who are the major speakers and what are the major topics that will be covered?

It is really hard to answer this question, because lots of honorable scientists and researchers confirmed their participation in the workshop. The audience will hear exciting and fruitful lectures on bioprinting, focusing on how 3D biomodelling can help us both in research and clinical therapy. To mention a few components, Prof. Pongracz Judit will present how we can use them in examination of carciogenesis and cancer therapy. We will also gain information about 3D bioprinter devices thanks to Danny Cabrera from BioBots. Dr. Claudio Migliaresi will give a talk about cell encapsulation and printing. There will be workshops on other promising topics too, with Dr. Antonella Motta, Dr. Florian Thieringer, David Correa Z. and others. Of course besides bioprinting other applications of 3D technologies will be presented as well. György Falk, as the representative of Stratasys, Dr. Jochen Zimmer from Makerbot and other well recognised colleagues from the 3D printing industry will participate on this conference including artists and engineers.


What results do you expect to see due to the event?

First of all, this meeting should provide a great framework for every interested colleagues and partners to gain knowledge and information about these promising technologies and the tendencies dominating the field. Being interdisciplinary is obviously an advantage in many aspects and appears to be essential for the success on a longer run. However, in interdisciplinary projects the communication is a key issue as the participants come from different fields. These people when working together must achieve and maintain the proper understanding of each other for the fruitful collaborations. We believe that this and similar meeting should play a central role in the related communication efforts.

Apart from this we also aim to direct the attention of students to the related research fields. Considering that on a long term we would like to establish a 3D printing center in our region and also to establish an active, innovative and in many fields leading network of scientists, engineers and professional users, we expect that this conference with the related lectures and personal discussions will provide the intellectual basis for the proper planning of these ambitious future projects. We also hope that the meeting will serve as an excellent platform for the potential partners to establish their collaborations.

Where is bioprinting heading at the moment? How much time do you think it needs to become a common element of everyday healthcare?

It is difficult to tell, though several professional studies dealt with this question recently. Some companies promise that they will print fully functional organs in 3-5 years. It seems to us an overoptimistic prognosis. On the other hand some of these technologies are already abundantly used in research projects. The field of everyday applications is probably just before an explosion thanks to the cheaper bioprinters that are more and more wide-spread. What we envisage is that in the next few years the 3D biomodels become a common thing in a researcher’s toolbox, replacing many experiments on animals and patients. But who knows, this field is growing and developing extremely fast, and maybe the optimists are right that – even if not in 3-5 years, but – in 8-10 years 3D printed organ transplantation will be an everyday procedure in the clinics.


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See you at Stanford Medicine X!

I give about 80-90 speeches per year but only attend two conferences regularly. One is Doctors 2.0 and You in Paris which just took place. The other is Medicine X at Stanford in September. I always have a chance to see the latest innovations both in digital health and medical technology there.

This year, I will give a TED-style talk about using new solutions in medical education and will also give two mastercourses on really exciting topics I cannot announce yet.

I hope to see you in Palo Alto this year. You can register here.

Speaking at Digital Health Live 2015 in Dubai

I’m happy to share that I’ll speak at the Digital Health Live event in Dubai early May. It’s an honor to get included in the list of speaker with such amazing experts of digital health. See you there!


Let’s Meet at Stanford Medicine X!

I’ve given speeches and master courses at several Medicine X events in the past and I’m honored to be invited again for this year’s Medicine X! All I can tell now is that I “might” give a keynote and give some master courses about very exciting topics.

Please register as soon as possible because the event gets full very fast. See you there this September!

Medicine X is a catalyst for new ideas about the future of medicine and health care. The initiative explores how emerging technologies will advance the practice of medicine, improve health, and empower patients to be active participants in their own care. The “X” is meant to encourage thinking beyond numbers and trends—it represents the infinite possibilities for current and future information technologies to improve health. Under the direction of Dr. Larry Chu, Associate Professor of Anesthesia, Medicine X is a project of the Stanford AIM Lab.


Giving a Keynote at HIC2014 in Melbourne

I’m flying to Melbourne to give a keynote at Australia’s premier digital health, e-health & health informatics conference called HIC 2014. My keynote, The Guide to the Future of Medicine, will feature directions medicine is heading at the moment accompanied by a guide to help everyone prepare for this future world. I’ll live tweet during the event through #hic2014.

See you there!


Doctors 2.0 And You: See You in Paris!

I’m happy to speak again at the upcoming Doctors 2.0 and You event in Paris which is the prime time conference of the intersection between medicine and digital.

This year, I will give a mastercourse about curating social media in medicine; and I’ll close the conference with my keynote about the future of medicine.

See you in Paris!


The medical conference is dead, long live the medical conference

Len Starnes, digital health guru approached me a few days ago about how I see the future of medical conferences. I told him my views and he just published an amazing presentation under the catchy title, The medical conference is dead, long live the medical conference. Check it out!



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