Professor Liam Grover
Structured soft solids as innovative medical devices
The adoption of novel materials into the clinic is a long process requiring extensive toxicological and safety assessment. As a consequence, scientists are often stuck with a small number of materials from which they can design medical devices. This talk will describe how we have used a number of different innovative approaches to structure existing medical materials so that they can be translated to the clinic relatively quickly. It will describe the production of a novel bone augmentation device using chemical gardens and how we have used self-healing fluid gels to enable additive layer manufacturing. Finally, it will describe the production of a new anti-scarring eye drop that we are taking to clinical trial for the treatment of microbial keratitis.
Prof. Grover is a biomaterials scientist whose research focuses on designing materials that enhance the tissue regeneration process. He studied for both his undergraduate degree (biomedical materials science) and his PhD on the development of a novel bioresponsive ceramic (under the supervision of Jake Barralet) at the University of Birmingham, UK. On completion of his PhD, Prof. Grover spent two years working in the labs of Jake Barralet and Marc McKee at McGill University, Montreal, where he was awarded a CIHR Skeletal Health Scholarship to study the role of a range of proteins and condensed phosphates in the formation of minerals. He returned to the University of Birmingham in 2006 to establish a research group in the School of Chemical Engineering. In the time since, Prof. Grover has held funding from a multitude of funding bodies, including: the EPSRC, BBSRC, MRC, NC3Rs, the Wellcome Trust, Orthopaedics Research UK, the MoD, the EU, the Drummond Foundation and the NIHR, as well as numerous industrial partners. Since 2006, he has been involved in raising more than £20m of research funding that has provided the University of Birmingham with an exceptional infrastructure for the development of medical technologies and Directs it nascent Healthcare Technology Research Institute. He has published in excess of 100 peer reviewed publications, 4 book chapters, has been an inventor on eight patent applications and has made more than 35 invited presentations. He was made a Fellow of the Institute of Materials at 30 and was made one of the youngest full Professors in the history of the University of Birmingham at 32. He is a visiting Professor at the University of Sao Paolo.