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The National Science Foundation is teaming up with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Germany’s Hannover Medical School, and the NSF Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials at North Carolina A&T State University to hold a public workshop on March 30, 2012, on the emerging field of biodegradable metals.

“State of the Art in Biodegradable Metals: A Think-Tank Workshop” will be held at the FDA’s White Oak campus in Silver Spring, Md., and is expected to draw researchers from around the world.

“This conference provides a unique opportunity for global experts in the field of biodegradable metals to come together to review the current status of the field, to identify key challenges remaining, and to explore opportunities to meet those challenges through collaboration,” said Dr. Jagannathan Sankar, director of the Engineering Research Center (ERC) at N.C. A&T. “It is our hope that this session will be the first of many to help accelerate access to this technology, which promises better outcomes for patients.”

Biodegradable metal implants have potential in certain types of surgery, including orthopedic, craniofacial and cardiovascular through the use of devices that safely degrade once they are no longer needed. This could eliminate the need for surgical removal of devices.