Groups

Finance Committee

Duties:

The Finance Committee shall supervise the financial affairs of the corporation and advise and make recommendations to the Board of Directors and the Council concerning the financial affairs of the corporation.

Composition:

The Finance Committee shall be composed of the Secretary-Treasurer-Elect as Chairperson plus three other members to be appointed annually by the President on the recommendation of the Chairperson. Additionally, the Secretary-Treasurer shall serve as ex officio member to this Committee.

Education & Professional Development Committee

Duties:

The Committee shall consider, advise, and make recommendations to the Council concerning professional standards and education in the field of biomaterials and shall be concerned with helping to direct students in their professional development.

Devices and Materials Committee

Duties:

This committee shall consider, advise, and make recommendations to the Council on all matters of particular concern to those members of the corporation who are primarily interested in the manufacture of biomaterials.

Composition:

The number of members of the Devices and Materials Committee shall be at least five, but no more than are necessary to accomplish the goals of the committee, with the Chairperson being appointed annually by the President.

Bylaws Committee

Duties:

The Bylaws Committee shall consider and report on questions and problems arising with respect to the bylaws of the corporation and shall make recommendations for revisions to the Council. The chairperson of the Bylaws Committee shall serve as the Parliamentarian of the Society.

Composition:

The Bylaws Committee shall consist of five members with the Chairperson being appointed annually by the President. This Chairperson shall recommend to the President the remaining four members to be appointed.

Awards, Ceremonies, and Nominations Committee

Duties:

The Awards, Ceremonies & Nominations Committee shall have two duties:

Audit Committee

Duties:

The Audit Committee will review the prior year's financial reconciliation documents prepared by the SFB Auditor and will periodically review the policies and procedures by which the Society and headquarters staff handle funds.

Surface Characterization and Modification

The Surface Characterization and Modification Special Interest Group emphasizes two major research topics: 1) improving understanding of biomaterial surface structure and its relationship to biological performance, and 2) developing surface modification strategies for biomaterials. Some research areas that fall under these topics include spectroscopic, microscopic, and biochemical surface characterization, thin film deposition; chemical and ion surface modification; lubrication, passivation/corrosion, and biological films; and quality assurance of device surfaces.

Tissue Engineering

TE SIG is a forum to exchange information, further knowledge, and promote greater awareness regarding all aspects of the use of biomaterials to engineering tissue substitutes or to promote tissue regeneration. Of primary interest and relevance to TE SIG is the use of appropriate materials (synthetic and natural) with cells (either native or from a donor source) and/or biological response modifiers (e.g., growth factors, cytokines and other recombinant products) to replace tissue and organ functions.

Proteins and Cells at Interfaces

The Proteins and Cells at Interfaces Special Interest Group seeks to promote a better understanding of cell and protein interactions with biomaterial interfaces. To achieve these goals, the group organizes activities related to the evaluation of existing materials and the design of new materials to produce targeted responses by proteins and cells. Some of the topics related to proteins include: 1) relating surface chemistry to protein adsorption or specific binding and 2) studying the activation or inactivation of protein function at interfaces, including complement activation.

Orthopaedic Biomaterials

The Orthopaedic Biomaterials Special Interest Group is focusing on new technologies and materials advances in orthopaedic surgery.

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