Dr. Dan Boyd


Two million people each year undergo bone-grafting procedures to treat the consequences of disease or trauma.

Today, the gold standard for bone grafting is to use autologous bone, but these materials come with significant limitations, including donor site morbidity. Synthetic alternatives exist to ameliorate such issues. While a wide range of materials have been proposed as bone grafts, ceramics and glass materials are at the cutting edge of new developments in this field. This lecture will focus on glass materials as synthetic bone graft substitutes. The speaker will highlight the pre-clinical and clinical evidence supporting existing glass products on the market for bone grafting applications, and will also share some research findings from an emerging area of biomaterials research. In respect of the latter, the speaker will show how it is possible to engineer synthetic bone grafts which can unlock the human bodies own powers of self-repair and organization to accelerate healing and improve patient outcomes.


  1. Describe the chemistry of new bone grafting technologies which are in pre-clinical development.
  2. Show how the degradation of synthetic bone grafts in situ can trigger the body to self repair and regenerate.
  3. Illustrate how ‘glass’ based materials are being researched to develop new treatment opportunities in a range of applications.

Bio:  Daniel Boyd is an Associate Professor (Biomaterials) at the Faculty of Dentistry, Dalhousie University. Boyd is driven to change the conventional view of what glass materials are, and what they can be used for. His research interests at Dalhousie University relate to the development of unique glass materials for applications in a range of specialties including oncology, orthopedics and dentistry. His research on new glass materials has accrued >$15M, and has lead to >130 peer reviewed contributions, several patents and the founding and funding of three new medical device companies. Based on his research, he has been invited to speak on the unique attributes and utility of glass materials to physicians and scientists across North America and within the EU.

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