Prof Serena Best

Professor Serena Michelle Best co-directs the Cambridge Centre for Medical Materials (CCMM), a major research activity which has attracted funding of over £20 M over the past 10 years within the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy (MSM), University of Cambridge. She has a strong international reputation for research in ceramics particularly in the field of bioactive ceramics and ceramic composites for skeletal repair. Her international standing is evidenced by invitations to present plenary and keynote lectures around the world, including major conferences and symposia in the USA, Asia and Europe. She is Editor of Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine. This year she has been awarded two prizes by the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining, the Chapman Medal and the Kroll Medal in recognition of her work on apatites. The work led to two company spin-outs Orthomimetics (now Tigenix) and Apatech Ltd. (now Baxter). She has been invited to organize bioceramics symposia at two World Biomaterials Congresses and has been invited to give research colloquia in the USA, Switzerland, Sweden, France, Portugal and the Netherlands. She has examined PhDs in the UK, France, Finland, Sweden, Portugal, Australia, Singapore and India. Professor Best peer-reviews in the UK and abroad, for bodies including the EPSRC, BBSRC, MRC, the Science for Ireland Foundation, the Austrian, Finnish and Dutch Governments and several journals. She is a founding member of the UK Society for Biomaterials and actively involved with the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IoMMM).