Preliminary Program: 8th International UHMWPE Meeting, Oct. 19-20, 2017

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The University of Torino, the Implant Research Center of Drexel University and Exponent, Inc., are pleased to provide the preliminary program for the 8th International UHMWPE Meeting. The meeting itself will be convened in Torino, Italy, on Thursday and Friday, October 19 and 20, 2017. The focus of the 8th meeting is on advances in processing, crosslinking, and sterilization of UHMWPE; structural composites and woven fiber applications of medical grade UHMWPE; new methods of processing clinical and retrieval studies of highly crosslinked UHMWPE (HXLPE), with a special emphasis on the performance of thin acetabular liners and knee arthroplasty; HXLPE performance in upper extremity, ankle, and spine; international registry outcomes for HXLPE in hip and knee; novel UHMWPE articulations with ceramic and PEEK bearing surfaces; advances in Vitamin E and new antioxidant technologies for UHMWPE; advances in thermal processing of HXLPE; as well as advances in biologic aspects of UHMWPE wear debris.


Key Questions to Be Addressed in the Conference:


• What are the long-term results for 1st generation HXLPEs?


• What the risks and benefits of HXLPE in the upper extremity, ankle, and spine?


• How do the short-term results for anti-oxidant additive stabilized HXLPE compare with 1st generation HXLPE?


• Are there new thermal processing or additive technologies for HXLPE?


• What are the advances in structural composites and fiber applications of UHMWPE for surgical applications?


Scientific and Organizing Committee and Invited Speakers:


President: Pierangiola Bracco, Ph.D.

Honorary President: Steven Kurtz, PhD

Ebru Oral, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Walton-Paxton

Mark Tapzak, Ph.D.

Mark Allen

Rainer Walkenhorst, Ph.D.


Chief Organizer: Jaclyn Schachtner




We are pleased to announce that Celanese will be supporting the 8th International Meeting as a Platinum Sponsor.


We also welcome the involvement of Lima Corporate, Orthoplastics, Quadrant Meditech, and Stryker Orthoapedics as Bronze Sponsors. We would also like to acknowledge Zzyzx as a Copper Sponsor.


Please contact Steve Kurtz ( if you are interested in sponsoring the meeting.

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