2000 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
Nov. 5-10, 2000 Orlando, Fla.

Symposium on the Design and Performance of Functional Biomaterials

The objective of the proposed symposium is to bring together scientists
and engineers from teaching hospitals, academia and industry to
discussing cutting edge research on the design and performance of
functional biomaterials. The symposium will focus on materials for
human prostheses. These include new concepts or materials for: dental,
heart valve, hip and knee implants in biological systems. Papers that
provide new insights into potential damage/failure mechanisms and the
interfaces between tissue and the surfaces of materials used in
prosthetic devices are strongly encouraged. Papers at the interfaces
between biology, materials and mechanics will be given priority over
those that involve incremental approaches within any given discipline.

It is anticipated that these proceedings will be published as a book.

Abstracts due March 15, 2000.

Noriko Katsube, Ohio State University, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering,
Columbus, OH 43210-1107; (614) 292-0971; e-mail: katsube.1@osu.edu

Wole Soboyejo, Princeton University, Dept. of Mechanical & Aerospace
Engineering, Princeton, NJ 08544-5263; (609) 258-5609; e-mail:

Michael Sacks, University of Pittsburgh, Dept. of Bioengineering,
Pittsburgh, PA 15261; (412) 624-8985; e-mail msacks@engrng.pitt.edu

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