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3D Printing in Medicine Summer Course, 20-22 November 2017

We’re offering a 3.5-day summer course in February 2019.
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An immersive 3-day course for health professionals, bioengineering or health-research students, and allied health industry innovators wanting to learn about up-to-date innovations in 3D printing technologies and their use in medicine.

Content includes:

  • Basics of 3D printing
  • Additive manufacturing of medical devices
  • Biofabrication and 3D bioprinting
  • Challenges facing clinical and commercial translation
  • Clinical case studies

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Course schedule

Opening: 8:30am Monday 20 November

Closing: 4:30pm Wednesday 22 November

Programme as at 14 November 2017 

We start with coffee and registration in the Beaven Lecture Theatre foyer, located on the 7th floor of the University of Otago, Christchurch.

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Our presenters

Prestigious international and top-rated national researchers and MedTech industry professionals are confirmed to teach into our programme:

Read more about our confirmed presenters

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University of Otago, Christchurch
2 Riccarton Avenue
Christchurch, New Zealand

This is an in-person course delivered from within the University of Otago, Christchurch We are co-located with the public and women's hospitals in Christchurch’s health precinct near the central business district. We are within easy commute from Christchurch International Airport. 

Local transport and parking

There is limited car parking in the vicinity of the hospital. Check out Christchurch City Council’s interactive ‘find a car park’ map for parking options or park around the perimeter of Hagley Park and take a springtime walk through the park to the venue.

Alternatively make use of the hospital’s Park & Ride service.

We are also located close to bus stops, so check out the maps and timetables available on the Metro web site.


Book accommodation early if you are travelling from outside of Christchurch. Christchurch’s annual ‘country comes to town’ events happen the weekend prior and accommodation will be in high demand.

Friday 17 November is a public holiday in Christchurch commemorating Canterbury Anniversary Day, but there will still be plenty to see and do. 

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Registration fee

The inaugural 2017 course attracts special reduced fees for this one-time only.

Registration TypeRegistration Fee
StandardNZ$600available until 6 November
Tertiary StudentNZ$400available until 6 November
LateNZ$800available until 16 November

Morning/afternoon teas and lunches provided.

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What background do you need

This emerging field makes beginners of us all, no matter the level of expertise we bring from another field. Be encouraged to register even if you are a new graduate or a much experienced clinician.

We are a multidisciplinary team and so we are practiced at interacting with intelligent health and engineering professionals motivated to stretch themselves and apply their expertise in a new area.

If you hold a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in a health, biological or structural engineering discipline then you will definitely contribute to and gain something from this course.

Contact us and discuss your background if you don’t have a Bachelor’s degree. A strong relevant work history can often be a great preparation for this course.

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About us

University of Otago

The University of Otago is a large collegiate-style university with an international reputation for excellence in a comprehensive range of subject areas.

It has a Five Stars Plus QS Stars University rating and ranked 151 in the 2017/18 QS World University Rankings, including top 100 rankings worldwide in 12 subject areas.

Founded in 1869, it is New Zealand's first university and is renowned for its research-led culture and its beautiful campus of Gothic Revival buildings in the city of Dunedin.

The university also has Schools of Medicine in the cities of Christchurch and Wellington, enjoying close relations with the public hospitals there.

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine

The University of Otago’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine delivers teaching and research out of the University of Otago, Cristchurch and enjoys close collaborative relations with clinicians at Christchurch Hospital where it is co-located.

The Department is unique in New Zealand for combining surgical and medical approaches to musculoskeletal diseases and injuries into a unified discipline.

It plays a central role in providing the practical rotations for 5th-year medical students and trainee interns, offers a range of in-person and distance learning postgraduate qualifications for health professionals, and has a vibrant research culture supported by prestigious health-research grants.

Christchurch Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering (CReaTE) Research Group

The Christchurch Regenerative Medicine and Tissue Engineering (CReaTE) research group is attached to the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine. The group is also part of the Centre for Bioengineering and Nanomedicine.

The group investigates stem cell and biomaterial-based strategies for musculoskeletal tissue regeneration and their application in the clinical translation of orthopaedic medical devices and cell-based therapies.

The group's research technology platform involves 3D bioprinting and additive manufacturing of biomaterial scaffolds/devices applied to regenerative medicine of cartilage and bone, including bio-ink development, advanced 3D tissue culture models and high throughput screening. 

Centre for Bioengineering and Nanomedicine

The Centre for Bioengineering and Nanomedicine is a University of Otago research centre focused on growing clinical treatment options using molecular and biomedical imaging, engineered therapeutics, regenerative medicine, bioengineering materials, bioengineering devices and medical computing.

The centre comprises an impressive list of lead researchers and their associated research fellows and doctoral candidates.

The centre works at an interdisciplinary research-edge and taps into talent based in the university’s Dunedin, Christchurch, and Wellington campuses.

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Associate Professor Tim Woodfield
Tel +64 3 378 6114

Deborah McMahon
Research Administrator
Tel +64 3 364 1697

CReaTE Research Group
University of Otago, Christchurch
PO Box 4345, Christchurch 8140
New Zealand

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