Prof. Xingdong Zhang became President of International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering

Prof. Xingdong Zhang from Sichuan University took over the leadership of the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering (IUSBSE) as the new president at the plenary meeting on May 22nd, 2016 during the 10th World Biomaterials Congress (WBC 2016) at Montreal, Canada. Prof. Zhang presented a brief inauguration speech at the meeting chaired by Prof. Hasan Uludag, President of the WBC 2016. The former president, Prof. Nicholas Peppas announced at the Opening Ceremony of WBC 2016 on May 18th that Prof. Zhang would officially become the new president on May 22nd, 2016. Prof. Zhang was elected to President of IUSBSE (2016-2020) by the constituent societies at the IUSBSE Annual General Meeting in the end of August, 2015 in Krakow, Poland. Prof. Zhang is Honorary President of the Chinese Society for Biomaterials and also a member both of the Chinese and US national academies of engineering.

In his speech, Prof. Zhang firstly thanked the constituent societies and all members for their support and trust, and giving him the opportunity to serve for the IUSBSE as the new president. He said biomaterials science and engineering is a multidisciplinary area which will bring benefits to all humans. International cooperation is very important for the development of biomaterials. This was the primary purpose to establish the International Liaison Committee of Societies for Biomaterials (ILC) in 1980 and IUSBSE in 1998. In the past 40 years, the Union has played a very important role in promoting the development of biomaterials worldwide, for example, from the 1st WBC in 1980 in Vienna to the 10th WBC in Montreal, the number of participants increased from 200 to nearly 4000. Prof. Zhang also extended sincere appreciation to the Canadian Society for Biomaterials for their efforts to organize the successful congress, as well as to Prof. Nicholas Peppas for his great contributions to the IUSBSE in the past 8 years.

Prof. Zhang pointed out with continued progress made in science and technology, and growing clinical demands caused by aging population, increasing self-awareness of healthcare, today’s biomaterials science and engineering is facing revolutionary change, and on the edge to major breakthroughs such as design and construction of entire human organs. At the same time, a promising biomaterials industry has been formed and develops very fast. As tremendous changes take place in the field of biomaterials science and engineering, IUSBSE is faced with new challenges. He said that he will do his utmost to make contributions to the IUSBSE and a healthier world with the concerted efforts with the world biomaterials community. At last, he welcomed everybody to the 11th World Biomaterials Congress in Glasgow, UK in 2020.

Since the foundation of IUSBSE, Prof. Zhang is the first president from China as well as from developing country, which symbolizes Chinese biomaterials field has become a more important player in the world biomaterials field. It is especially important to the development of Chinese biomaterials field.