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Preliminary Program

Program: Monday, May 13, 2024


09.00 h

Bus to Thesinge departs from the main entrance, University Medical Center (UMCG), Hanzeplein, Groningen, The Netherlands

09.30-10.00 h

Registration with coffee/tea
Poster mounting (see last pages for poster overview)

10.00-10.05 h

“Welcome to Thesinge”


Chair: Henny van der Mei

10.05 – 10.50 h

Opening Lecture: Henk Busscher, UMCG, Groningen, The Netherlands
Beyond surface modification strategies to control infectionsassociated with implanted biomaterials and devices - addressing the opportunities offered by nanotechnology

10.50 – 11.10 h

Colin McCoy, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, United Kingdom
Synergy between antimicrobial and anti-adherent mechanisms to reduce biofilm formation 

11.10 – 11.30 h

Filipe J. Mergulhão, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal
Using carbon nanotube-based surfaces to inhibit single- and dual-species biofilms of uropathogenic bacteria 

11.30 – 11.45 h

Shun Duan, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing, China
Multi-scale antibacterial materials

11.45 – 12.00 h

Patricia Nadworny, Innovotech, Canada
Unique antibiofilm nanostructured silver compound for use in gel and polymer coating

12.00 – 12.15 h

Olga Lungin, Kyiv National University of Technologies and Design, Kyiv, Ukraine
Controversive effects of metal-based nanoparticles use for planktonic growth and biofilm eradication in wounds

12.15 - 13.00 h


13.00 - 14.00 h

Posters, presenters be present at your poster

Chair: Henk Busscher

14.00 – 14.45 h

Keynote Lecture: Kees Poelstra, the Robotic Spine Institute of Las Vegas, Allegiant Institute, Nevada, USA
The clinical problem of (biomaterials-associated) infection

14.45  - 15.00 h

Zahra Gounani, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
Nano-tools against single colony variants

15.00 - 15.15 h

Miryana Hemadi, Universite Paris Cite, Paris, France
Applications of nanohybrid materials for eliminating bacterial biofilms

15.15 - 15.30 h

Adéla Melcrová, UMCG, Groningen, The Netherlands
Stiffening activity of peptidomimetic AMC-109 as a way towards lower adhesion

15.30 -15.45 h

Matthew Wylie, Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, United Kingdom

Small molecule antibacterials possessing anti-virulence properties to disarm P. mirabilis and disrupt crystalline biofilm formation


15.45 - 16.15 h

Coffee, Tea break


16.15 – 17.00 h

Key Note Lecture: Linqi Shi, Nankai University, Tianjin, China

Responsive nano antibiotics for controlling bacterial biofilm infection


17.00 – 17.20 h

Roger Bayston, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United, Kingdom

The importance of Small Colony Variants (SCV) as major components of the established biofilm

17.20 – 17.35 h

Leanne Fisher, University of Nottingham, Nothingham, United Kingdom
Polymer-based coating on a chest drain


Group photo

Social Program - Hosted by the Thesinge Village Community

18.00 – 19.00 h

Village Tour

19.00 – 21.00 h

BBQ dinner

21.15 h

Return bus to Groningen leaves Dorphuis Trefpunt

Programma: Tuesday, May 14, 2024

08.15 h

Bus to Thesinge departs from the main entrance of University Medical Center (UMCG), Hanzeplein, Groningen, The Netherlands



09.00 – 09.45 h

Keynote Lecture: Anna Salvati, RuG, Groningen
Understanding how nanomedicine can help against biofilms and infections 

09.45 – 10.00 h

Mihyun Lee, Empa, St. Gallen, Switzerland
The impact of host polymers on the growth of P. aeruginosa

10.00 – 10.15 h

Matt Price, University of Nothingham, Nothingham, United Kingdom
Designing a ChemoTopoChip to identify synergistic biofilm resistant combinations

10.15 – 10.30 h

Li Peng, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an, China
Antimicrobial biomaterials and wearable optoelectronic devices

10.30 – 11.00 h

Coffee/Tea break/poster discussion



11.00 – 11.45 h

Keynote Lecture: Bas Zaat, AUMC, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Are biomaterials-associated infections any different from other types of infection?

11.45 – 12.00 h

Toby Jenkins, University of Bath, United Kingdom

Measurement of early-stage biofilms via virulence factors in wounds


12.00 - 12.15 h

Jelmer Sjollema, UMCG, Groningen, The Netherlands
The effect of micrococcal nuclease secretion by Staphylococcus aureus in biomaterial associated infections 

12.15 – 12.30 h

Laurent Royon, Université Paris Cité, Paris, France
Destruction of biofilms by photothermia 

12.30 - 12.45 h

Fong-Fu Hsu, Washington school of Medicin, St. Louis, USA
Characterization of complex lipid structures isolated from biofilm of Mycobacteria

12.45 – 14.00 h

Hosted Lunch and poster discussion 



14.00 – 14.15 h

Alexander Dulebo, Bruker, Berlin, Germany
Multiparametric investigation of bacterial surface structure with correlative atomic force microscopy

14.15 – 14.30 h


14.30 – 14.45 h

May Tayyem, Middle East University, Amman Jordan
Investigating the antimicrobial and anti-encrustation activities of polyphosphates against common uropathogens

14.45 – 15.00 h

Vincent Hickl, Empa, St. Gallen, Switzerland
Single-cell live imaging of bacterial infections at 3D surfaces

15.00 – 15.15 h

Mohamed E. Labib, Novaflux, Princeton, USA
Physical removal of dental biofilms using a novel toothpaste

15.15 – 15.45 h

Coffee/Tea break wrapping up posters 



15.45 – 17.00 h

Off-the-floor presentations and general discussion
Heated by David Grainger

17.00 h


17.30 h

Return bus to Groningen leaves Dorpshuis Trefpunt


Poster size: Portrait A0 (width 84.1 x height 118.9 cm)


Karina de Almeida Lins, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Development of neonatal medical devices with reduced infection risk using biofilm inhibiting polymers


Siran Wang, UMCG, Groningen, The Netherlands
Antibacterial/anti-inflammatory synergistic nanomedicine for acute peritonitis


Paria Mojarrad, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Helsinki, Finland
Combination therapy against drug resistance biomimetic multispecies biofilms 


Rita Teixeira-Santos, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal
Nitric acid-functionalized carbon nanotube-based surfaces to mitigate biofilm development on implantable medical devices


Yuanlong Cao, UMCG, Groningen, The Netherlands
An antimicrobial peptide and chemotherapeutic dual-loaded in liposomes for treatment of bacterial-infected tumors 


Ana Sofia Pinho, Institute for Research and Innovation in Health, Porto, Portugal
An in vitro biofilm model to explore nanostructured lipid carriers as a novel strategy against H. pylori biofilms


Pamela Moussa, Wetsus, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
Beyond chlorine: alternative sustainable compounds to remove biofilms from drinking water environments


Sarah Nick, University of Washington, Seattle, USA
Nanoscale layer-by-layer functionalized gauze for synthetic anti-biofilm peptide release at wound sites


Robyn Deeks, University of Bath, Bath, United Kingdom
Development of a probiotic wound dressing 


Tianrong Yu, UMCG, Groningen, The Netherlands
Hybrid nanosheets for the control of infectious biofilms 


Nikitha Vavilthota, AUMC, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Peptide-hydrogel based wound dressings 


Olena Moshynets, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine
Nano-microstructured metal surfaces demonstrated alteration in biofilm architecture and reduction in biofilm formation


Qiaolan Shi, UMCG, Groningen, The Netherlands
Catalytic and anti-biofilm activities of Pt single-atoms and differently-sized Pt nanoparticles supported by manganese-oxide nanosheets 


Deeksha Rajkumar, AUMC, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Novel bioactive glass S53P4 cream to prevent orthopedic implant-associated infection 


Lu Yuan, UMCG, Groningen, The Netherlands
The biomaterial on-a-chip: a dynamic model for assessing dental implant performance


Tianqi Zhang, Karolinska Institutet, Solna, Sweden
Visualization and quantification of uropathogenic Escherichia coli biofilm development with optotracing technology


Cong Li, UMCG, Groningen, The Netherlands
Carbon quantum dots derived from chitosan derivative for infective biofilm control 


Laure van Hofwegen, AUMC, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The fungicidal activity of graphene quantum dots against Candida species 


Magnus Schou- Jørgensen, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
Prodrugs of mitomycin C using the antibiotic vancomycin as a targeting agents 


Yaran Wang, UMCG, Groningen, The Netherlands
Polyphenol-modified gold nanoparticles to combat drug-resistant bacterial infections


Raphaelle Youf, Univesity Hospital Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany
K-wires with biofilm in Galleria mellonella larvae treated with rifampicin


Fan Wu, UMCG, Groningen, The Netherlands
Cu anchored on carbon nitride as a bifunctional glucose oxidase and peroxidase nanozyme for antibacterial therapy 


Gizem Babucccu, AUMC, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Microbial interactions and treatment strategies in Staphylococcus aureus–Candida albicans dual-species biofilm


Cédric Vranckx, Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Antibiotics or antimicrobial coatings? Evaluating combined treatment approaches for the removal of staphylococcal biofilm-related infections


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