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Institute of Bioengineering scientist wins top biomaterials awards

Dr Hing (right) on BBC TV's Bang Goes The Theory.
Dr Hing (right) on BBC TV's Bang Goes The Theory.
Dr Karin Hing from the Institute of Bioengineering and School of Engineering and Materials Science has been awarded two prestigious prizes in recognition of her outstanding contributions to materials research in the field of biomaterials. The UK Society for Biomaterials, Biocompatibility Prize and the Kroll Medal from the Institute of Materials, Mining and Minerals both relate to Dr Hing's research in the development of bone graft substitute materials.

The 2013 UK Society for Biomaterials, Biocompatibles Prize recognises researchers with an industrial link to their research who have made significant contributions to the UK Biomaterials field. Dr Hing has been awarded this prize in recognition of her research into the importance of synthetic bone graft substitute porosity and chemistry and the translation of this research into clinical practice via the development of the bone graft material, Actifuse. In addition the award recognises her scientific and technical contribution to the biomaterials company, ApaTech, which produces Actifuse.

The 2013 Kroll Medal from the IOM3 is awarded in recognition of a significant contribution that has enhanced the scientific understanding of materials chemistry as applied to the industrial production of inorganic materials. Dr Hing received the award for her development of a novel commercial processing technique to produce porous bone graft substitute materials with a biomimetic structure and control of chemistry, microstructure and porosity so as to enable in order to control the mechanical and biological performance of the biomaterial.

News date: 9 August 2013

Updated by: David Lockwood

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