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The 43rd Meeting of the Society for Cryobiology in association with the Society for Low Temperature Biology in Hamburg, Germany, July 24-27, 2006, will cover a wide range of subjects including hypothermia, physiology of resistance to cold in plants, and applications of cryobiology in conservation/freeze-drying, surgery, cell, tissue and organ preservation. Relevant aspects of biology, molecular biology, physics, chemistry, physical chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, medicine, transfusion medicine, cryosurgery, cryomicroscopy, mechanical engineering, tissue engineering and transplantation will also be covered.
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ESAO 2006 in Umeå, Sweden

An ideal extracorporeal liver support system has to provide the main functions of the liver: detoxification, synthesis and regulation. But do we need such an ideal in all clinical situations and can we afford it? The critical issue of the clinical syndrome in liver failure is the accumulation of toxins not cleared by the failing liver. This understanding led to the development of cell-free artificial liver support systems. This special issue of Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis is dedicated to cell-free artificial liver support, intended to give engineering scientists, inventors and clinical investigators an update and a better insight into the development and clinical evaluation of cell-free liver support systems. It gives an update on the status quo, both clinically and technically, of different concepts and discusses the current limitations as well as possible solutions. When compared to the cell-based systems, these devices are characterized by easier logistics, lower costs, and absence of hazards related to the cell source. These might be the reasons for being well ahead of the bioartificial concepts in terms of clinical evaluation and application.
Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis, April 2006 - Vol. 10 Issue 2:
S. Mitzner et al.: Albumin Regeneration in Liver Support—Comparison of Different Methods J. Patzer: Principles of Bound Solute Dialysis J. Vienken et al.: How Can Liver Toxins be Removed? Filtration and Adsorption With the Prometheus System K. Rifai et al.: Review Article: Clinical Experience With Prometheus J. Rozga et al.: A Novel Plasma Filtration Therapy for Hepatic Failure: Preclinical Studies S.R. Ash: Sorbent Suspensions vs. Sorbent Columns for Extracorporeal Detoxification in Hepatic Failure D. Falkenhagen: Fluidized Bed Adsorbent Systems for Extracorporeal Liver Support L.J. Li: Artificial Liver Support System in China: A Review Over the Last 30 Years R.A.F.M. Chamuleau: Bioartificial Liver: Its Pros and Cons W. Bernal et al.: Cell-Free Artificial Liver Support: Design of Appropriate Clinical Studies with a guest editorial by I.M. Sauer and U. Baurmeister: Cell-Free Artificial Liver Support.

43rd Meeting of the Society for Cryobiology

The Institut of Biotechnik e.V. together with the Technical University of Munich and Munich University of Applied Sciences cordially invite you to the 5th World Congress of Biomechanics 2006.
Biomechanics covers a wide field from solid to fluid mechanics, from motion sports mechanics to automobile crash tests. It includes tissue engineering and biomaterials, artificial organs and sports therapy. At the 5th World Congress the newest experimental studies will be presented. Special emphasis will be placed on state-of-the art technology and medical applications. Only new, unpublished papers will be accepted.
The 5th World Congress of Biomechanics will explore topics of interest to:
    * physicans
    * bioengineers
    * mechanical and aerospace engineers
    * clinicians in cardiology and other cardiovascular specialties
    * vascular surgeons
    * radiologists
    * neurologists and neurosurgeons
    * orthopedic surgeons
    * specialists in areas such as bone, ligaments, tissue mechanics, biologists,   biochemists, biophysicists, biorheologist

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5th World Congress of Biomechanics 2006

After a very successful 1st Basic Course in Laboratory Skills in 2004, you will find attached the Announcement of the 2nd Basic Course in Laboratory Skills, which will take place on October 30 - November 2, 2006, in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
PhD students, both young physicians and scientists, are encouraged to submit a short letter of motivation and a brief abstract describing their laboratory experiences and PhD project, which has to be sent by e-mail to Dr. Carla C. Baan: .
The application deadline is September 15th, 2006. Goal The course aims to expand the knowledge of laboratory skills within ESOT and to create an environment that stimulates collaboration between scientists to develop tools by which we can monitor rejection and tolerance after organ transplantation.
Hands-on-Course Recent developments of in vitro test systems allow us to study anti-donor responses at large in both experimental models and in patient materials. However, to understand the mechanisms underlying biological phenomena in transplantation, knowledge and practical experience of laboratory techniques is required. The hands on training in laboratory techniques aims to teach young doctors and scientists in molecular biology techniques, flow cytometry based techniques, and functional assays including ELIspot. The educational objective of the course is to learn the laboratory techniques (theory and practice) needed for our understanding of immune responses in experimental transplant models and in patients.

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Special issue of Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis: Cell-Free Artificial Liver Support

Paul S. Malchesky, Editor-in chief of Artificial Organs, informed us that the articles "In vitro evaluation of the transportability of viable primary human liver cells originating from discarded donor organs in bioreactors" (Artificial Organs 2005, 29: 141-151) and "'Blogs' and 'Wikis' are valuable software tools for communication within research groups" (Artificial Organs 2005, 29: 82-83) were in the top 25 and top 10, respectively, concerning articles viewed online in 2005 at Blackwell Synergy. The latter was N°. 2 of Artifcial Organs in 2005...

Articles in the top 25 / top 10 articles viewed online

Das Buch Chirurgische Forschung von Manfred G. Krukemeyer von Hans-Ullrich Spiegel (2006, 576 S., 188 Abb., geb., ISBN-10: 3131336617, ISBN-13: 9783131336613) fasst die Grundlagen der chirurgischen Forschung zusammen. Es richtet sich insbesondere an die in der chirurgischen Forschung tätigen Ärzte und Naturwissenschaftler wie auch an Doktoranden der Medizin und der verwandten Disziplinen. Dem jungen medizinisch-naturwissenschaftlich interessierten Forscher wird in diesem Werk ein umfassender Einblick in die unterschiedlichen chirurgischen Forschungsprojekte geboten. Dadurch kann er seine Zielvorstellungen näher definieren. Mithilfe von Adressen und ausführlichen Literaturverzeichnissen findet er einen optimalen Einstieg in sein wissenschaftliches Curriculum vor. Das Werk dient aber auch dem bereits tätigen Forscher zur Planung, Weiterentwicklung und Neudefinition seiner Projekte. Die insgesamt rund 190 Abbildungen, der Großteil davon in Farbe, sowie zahlreiche Tabellen liefern anschauliches Material für das Verständnis des Textes. Mehr Informationen, Musterseiten sowie das Inhaltsverzeichnis finden Sie hier.

Chirurgische Forschung

Dear ladies and gentlemen,
On behalf of the European Society for Artificial Organs (ESAO), Working Group Liver Support, I would like to invite you and your colleagues to submit abstracts for this year’s ESAO meeting held in Umeå , Sweden, from June 21-24, 2006. The Congress will be combined with a meeting with the European Society For Haemapheresis (ESFH, June 20 and 21). Umeå is located close to the polar circle and at this time of the year it has exiting bright nights. The social program will focus on various outdoor and cultural activities and together with the scientific resources of the Congress speakers and participants it will be a strong recipe for success in this venture.
One Day on the Liver this year will focus on the on the latest developments and clinical results concerning MARS, Prometheus, SEPET, SPAD, and other artificial detoxification systems. Furthermore, the biophysical principles and possible standards for an appropriate clinical evaluation of today's artificial liver support concepts will be discussed. We are expecting the following speakers:
  • Julia Wendon (King's College, London, UK)
  • Jack Patzer (University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, USA)
  • Robert A.F.M. Chamuleau (AMC, Amsterdam, Netherlands)
  • Stephen R. Ash (HemoCleanse, Inc., Lafayette, USA)
  • Peter Krisper (University Graz, Graz, Austria)
  • Dieter Falkenhagen (Donau-Universität Krems, Krems, Austria)
  • Steffen Mitzner (University Rostock, Rostock, Germany)
  • Jacek Rozga (Arbios Systems Inc., Los Angeles, USA)
  • Igor M. Sauer (Charité, Berlin, Germany)
However, to be completely up-to-date we do need your help! Only the presentation of primary research results in the field of liver support will enable us to represent the status quo of liver support technologies. We would like to ask you to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations. Especially young scientists are encouraged to submit their work! We would be grateful if you could forward this email to your colleagues working in the field.
official webpage provides all the necessary information. Deadline for submitting an abstract will be February 28th, 2006.

ESAO 2006 in Umeå, Sweden - Call for abstracts

Dear Colleagues,

I'm pleased to announce that the
World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering 2006 (WC2006) will be held on August 27 to September 1, 2006 in Seoul, Korea. under the Congress Theme: Imaging the Future Medicine. The scientific program will include plenary lectures, sponsored symposia, regular oral and poster sessions.
The Second Announcement, which includes: detailed information on registration procedure, (fees, hotel accommodation, travel information, scientific and social programs), call for papers, as well as registration forms (abstract submission and hotel accommodation) is available via
During the congress the scientific track of Artificial Organs will be organized. In order to secure high scientific level of our discipline some of our distinguish colleagues from the ESAO agreed to chair the sessions, that is: Prof. Horst Klinkmann (session: adsorption, apheresis, detoxification), Dr Gerhard Rakhorst (session: cardiac assist devices and cardiovascular implants and prosthesis), and Prof. Dieter Falkenhagen (session: cell implants interactions - biocompatibility). Additionally I have asked to organize some sessions by our colleagues from Japan and USA: Prof. K. Imachi (session: artificial heart), Prof. Yoshida (orthopedic and dental prosthesis and implants) and Prof. D. Klonoff (session: artificial pancreas).
The deadline for abstract submission is 28th of February. I would like to cordially invite you to prepare abstracts as well as to stimulate other researchers to submit appropriate contributions. Think about supporting Artificial Organs scientific track on the biggest congress organized in the field of biomedical engineering and medical physics.

With best regards
Prof. Jan Maria Wojcicki
Cochairman of the track Artificial Organs
For detailed information please contact Ms Mandy Kim - congress manager,
Address: WC 2006 Congress secretariat,
SL. Gangnam P.O.Box 305, Seoul 135-603, Korea, phone: 822-3476- 7700/7723  (Dir), Fax:822-337-6451/3476-8800, E- mail:

World Congress on Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering 2006 in Seoul

The 2006 meeting of the European Society for Artificial Organs (ESAO) will be held in Umea, which is located in the northern part of Sweden, from 21-24 June. At that time, the country celebrates the longest day, a day with 24 hours daylight.
The program is adapted to this biorhytm phenomenon and will start early in the morning (07.30) and will end each day at 16.00 hours. Professor Stegmayr organized various social and sports events that will start after the scientific sessions, to stimulate young researchers to contact with each other and with the experts in the field. Due to the fact that the 2006 congress takes place rather early in the congress season, the deadline for submission of abstracts will be in February 2006. Detailed information will be provided to you in the Second Announcement, that will be mailed to you within a few weeks. For more information please visit the official webpage.
Umea is a very nice city and can be reached be plane from Stockholm easily. The city is the fasted growing town of Sweden. It has approximately 100,000 inhibitants and 30,000 students. Because many members will combine this congress with a short vacation, Professor Stegmayr has organized an unique post congress trip to the Northcape.