[ASC-media] ONLINE BRIEFING ALERT: The brave new world of medical bionics [Thur 17th Feb, 2.30pm AEDT; online from Tokyo]

Susannah Eliott SEliott at aussmc.org
Wed Feb 16 04:11:05 CET 2011

Australian Science Media Centre

MEDIA ALERT:  The brave new world of medical bionics

ONLINE BACKGROUND BRIEFING FROM TOKYO - Thurs 17th February 2011, 2.30pm
AEDT online

Science fiction has long imagined a time when those who have lost limbs
are able to regrow nerve and muscle cells into their prosthetic device,
controlling it with their brain as though it were simply an extension of
their body. Combining nanotechnology with new organic materials that
conduct electricity, Australian and Japanese researchers have been able
to guide the regrowth of nerve and muscle cells after damage. These new
materials show promise in the repair of damaged nerve cells after injury
and in the development of "smarter" medical devices that can better
interact with the body. 

So does this mean we're now at the edge of having a proper Bionic Man?
What are the limits to what we can do already and just what will medical
bionics be capable of in just a few years' time?

In a first for the two Centres, the Australian and Japanese Science
Media Centres will run a joint online briefing out of the Nanotech Expo
2011 <http://www.nanotechexpo.jp/en/press10.html>  in Tokyo. Available
simultaneously in Japanese and English, the briefing will provide an
update on the latest developments in  medical bionics and connect
journalists to one of the biggest nanotechnology events of the year.


*                     Professor Gordon Wallace, Executive Director, ARC
Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science and the Intelligent
Polymer Research Institute,  University of Wollongong

*                     Professor Keiichi Torimitsu,  Chief researcher and
Group Leader, Molecular Biological Systems Research Group, NTT (Nippon
Telegraph and Telephone)

*                     Host: Dr Go Yoshizawa, Lecturer, Tokyo University
Graduate School of Public Policy, I2TA Project


This Australia-Japan Science Media Centre collaboration has been
supported by the Commonwealth through the Australia-Japan Foundation
<http://ajf.australia.or.jp/english/aboutajf/>  which is part of the
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.


DATE:  Thurs 17th Feb 2011


DURATION: Approx 60 min

VENUE:  Online from Tokyo


To join the event online:

Go to the relevant USTREAM channel:
English: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/smc-nanoe
Japanese: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/smc-nanoj
Enter the password: smcjnano

Asking questions:


Journalists can ask questions using Twitter by directing questions to
Questions can be asked in English

In case Twitter gets too much traffic at the time of the briefing,
questions can also be sent to the following email address in English:
m.tanaka at smc-japan.org 

For further information, please contact the AusSMC on 08 7120 8666 or
email info at aussmc.org.    

Date issued: 16 February 2011    

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