7th Freiberg Collagen Symposium, 29-30 September 2021


After a Corona-related postponement from last year, the 7th Freiberg Collagen Symposium was held in a completely digital format this year. The symposium is an established meeting place for scientists, manufacturers and users from all over the world who deal with collagen. 65 participants from 13 countries from around the world gathered online on 29 and 30 October 2021 to exchange ideas on collagen research with a focus on fundamental and application-related issues concerning chemical and molecular properties, advances in processing and modification, as well as findings on industrial and medical applications. See full programme

After the guests were welcomed by Dr Michael Meyer (Scientific Director), Dr Ina Prade (Head of Department Biology) and Dr Enno Klüver (Head of Department Collagen), the programme started with Professor Dr Thomas Scheibel. He is Professor for Biomaterials at the University of Bayreuth and gave insights into his remarkable research work in his keynote speech. Among others, he uses microfluidics and biotechnological methods to produce collagen materials.

In the three following sessions, clinical applications, structure and mechanics as well as analytics of collagen were the subject of scientific exchange. Dr Birgit Voigt, scientist in the Biology Department at FILK, presented a mass spectrometric method for the determination of collagen types I and III based on Multiple Reaction Monitoring (MRM) in her lecture entitled "Relative quantification of collagen types".

Day 2 was mainly dedicated to collagen processing and tissue engineering and started with another keynote. Professor Ruth Cameron from the Centre for Medical Materials at the University of Cambridge spoke about her work on "Collagen Structures for Regenerative Medicine". She is researching materials to help the body heal defects.

Dr Michael Meyer and Dr Enno Klüver contributed with their presentations on collagen processing. While Michael Meyer presented his comprehensive approach to structures of collagen-based biomaterials, Enno Klüver showed advances in additive manufacturing with thermoplastic collagen.

A third keynote, given by Professor Michael Raghunath, Head of the Centre for Cell Biology and Tissue Engineering at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, offered a completely new approach to the topic of "Extracellular Matrix in vitro - and how to get cultures cells to build it". According to his work, this approach could revolutionise cell biology.

The conference was concluded by a presentation of Dr Ina Prade: "Collagen, and not alginate, supports the biological functionality of endothelial cells in 3D printed vascular constructs". She showed results from the comparison of different hydrogel bio-inks with regard to their ability to form vascular-like formations.

With a total of 22 presentations, mainly from the scientific field, the conference offered participants a comprehensive overview of current trends and developments in collagen research. When collagen experts meet again in 2024 for the 8th Freiberg Collagen Symposium, this will be followed up. Especially in medical applications, the raw material collagen still has high potential.

We look forward to seeing the collagen research community again, hopefully physically and live here in Freiberg!


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