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Welcome to the Department of Biomaterials

Associate Professor Margarita Trobos has received funding for the project "Biofilm Infection Control (BIC), novel approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of chronic periprosthetic and wound infections”, and will be a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow during the project period from September 2018 to August 2019.


The project has received SEK 870,000 funding of which SEK 586,500 is financed by MoRE2020 (Region Västra Götaland, VGR) and SEK 283,500 are funded through the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 754412.

The aim is to create a long-term cooperation between the Public University of Navarre (UPNA) and the University of Gothenburg in the fields of life science and materials. Collaborating end-users for the project are Mölnlycke Health Care AB, and Sahlgrenska University Hospital Department of Orthopaedics and Department of Infections Diseases.

At present, the MoRE2020 Fellow Margarita Trobos is participating in the outgoing mobility from the University of Gothenburg (Gothenburg, Sweden) to Navarrabiomed - Biomedical Research Center / UPNA (Pamplona, Spain).
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Grant fromThe Osteology Foundation

Omar Omar has recieved CHF 100 000 from the Osteology Foundation for the project "Bioinspired guided regeneration in irradiation-compromised sites: structural and molecular approach"

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Eight international participants from top-world universities and clinics took part in the three-days course entitled “Interface biology and ultrastructure” at the Department of Biomaterials.

Lectures and hands-on workshops provided an overview on biomaterials and bone tissue regeneration as well as associated characterisation techniques and experimental models.

As part of the course, which took place 16 – 18 May, 2018, participants received multidisciplinary lectures and interactive modules, covering:
• Biomaterials in oral and maxillofacial applications
• Inflammation, tissue regeneration & remodelling at tissue-implant interface
• Characterization of biomaterial properties
• Structural and molecular aspects of bone regenerative procedures
• Animal models and analytical techniques for biomaterials research
• Osseointegration and bone regenerative procedures in dentistry – Clinical perspectives

The course involved multiple interactive discussions with a great spirit among the participants. This created an inspiring environment for learning and sharing knowledge and expertise on the tissue-biomaterial interface, from the molecular mechanistic level and up-to the clinical applications in patients and the outcomes.

Moreover, the course included practical workshops on advanced analytical techniques in the tissue-biomaterial interface research:
• Extensive hands-on training in small-size classes of 2-3 participants
• Workshop on molecular biological techniques (RT-qPCR)
• Workshop on electron microscopies (SEM and TEM)

The participants were from the Tufts University & University of Detroit Mercy (USA), The University of Milan (Italy), Uppsala University and University of Gothenburg (Sweden) and Goethe University and the University Clinic of Düsseldorf (Germany). The course also provided casual atmosphere and networking events for potential future collaborations.

The course is part of the international collaboration between the department of Biomaterials, University of Gothenburg (represented by Assoc Prof Omar Omar, Organizer and Scientific Chairman & Prof Christer Dahlin, Chairman) and the Osteology Foundation/Osteology Research Academy, Switzerland (Represented by Dr. Benjamin Müller, Education Coordinator), aiming to promote research, education and collaboration between international researchers and universities.

“Årets avhandling vid institutionen för kliniska vetenskaper 2017”

 Furqan Ali Shah


I defended my PhD in at the Department of Biomaterials, University of Gothenburg with a thesis entitled “Osteocytes as indicators of bone quality – Multiscale structure-composition characterisation of the bone-implant interface” which recently received the prestigious “Årets avhandling vid institutionen för kliniska vetenskaper 2017” award at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg.

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The Neogen Research group at Department of Biomaterials has recieved grant from VINNOVA


Project: Open Healing Concept - Avancerat membran för benuppbyggnad

The Neogen Research group at Department of Biomaterials has recieved 1.000 000 SEK from the VINNOVA Medtech4Health/ SWELIFE initiative ”projects for improved health”. Coordinators for the project are Herman Sahlin (Research Director Neoss AB) and Professor Christer Dahlin (Department of Biomaterials, Institute for Clinical Sciences, The Sahlgrenska Academy & Region Västra Götaland)





Dissertation the 14th of December, Magdalena Zaborowska

- On the pathogenesis of infections associated with percutaneous osseointegrated orthopaedic implants -

Avhandling för medicine doktorsexamen vid Sahlgrenska akademin, institutionen för kliniska vetenskaper, avdelningen för biomaterialvetenskap

Time: 13.00

Location: Hörsal Arvid Carlsson Academicum, Medicinaregatan 3, Göteborgs universitet

Opponent: Artur Schmidtchen, inst för kliniska vetenskaper, Lunds universitet, Lund
Betygsnämnd: Ingegerd Adlerberth, Anna Stefánsdóttir och Tomas Albrektsson

Doctoral thesis presented Mars 9, 2018 by Martin L Johansson

“The percutaneous implant. The effects of design, host site and surgery on the tissue response”

Martin L Johansson successfully defended his PhD thesis on the 9th of Mars, 2018. The faculty opponent was Professor Dr Johan Wolfaardt Division of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Alberta, Canada. Supervisors were Peter Thomsen, Bjørn Edwin and Leif Hulten

New Associate Professor

Margarita Trobos has been appointed as Associate Professor in Biomaterials at the University of Gothenburg.

Accepted Papers

Osseointegration and current interpretations of the bone-implant interface

Shah FA, Thomsen P, Palmquist A
Acta Biomaterialia (IF: 6.383)

Micro-Raman spectroscopy reveals the presence of octacalcium phosphate and whitlockite in association with bacteria-free zones within the mineralised dental biofilm

Shah FA
Microscopy and Microanalysis (IF: 2.124)

Contact Information

Department of Biomaterials

PO Box 412, SE 405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden

Visiting Address:
Arvid Wallgrens Backe 20

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