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Lecture by Prof. Jaw-Lin Wang, Department of Biomedical Engineering, National Taiwan University

Prof. Jaw-Lin Wang from the Department of Biomedical Engineering, National Taiwan University, visited the ARC Training Centre for Medical Implant Technologies on 27 February 2023 to deliver a lecture and tour the facilities at the University of Melbourne.

Lecture title: Piezoelectric Stimulation as A Therapeutic Approach for Degenerative Intervertebral Disc and Knee Joint Cartilage: Mechanism and Pitfalls


Ultrasound stimulation is one of the protocols often proposed as the tool for therapeutic applications. Nevertheless, the success of in vitro experiments does not usually warrant the in vivo animal experiments or clinical trials. Furthermore, while many ultrasounds therapeutic implications have been approved and practiced, few offered insights into the molecular basis and the biological effects. In this presentation, the mechanism of ultrasound as a therapeutic tool and pitfalls during the experimental validations especially for the treatment of intervertebral disc and cartilage degenerations will be discussed.


Dr. Jaw-Lin Wang is a Professor at Department of Biomedical Engineering, National Taiwan University. After receiving his PhD from the Department of Engineering Mechanics, The Ohio State University in 1996, he completed his post-doctoral fellowship training at the Department of Rehabilitation and Orthopaedics, Yale University. In 1999, he was appointed as an Assistant Professor at the National Taiwan University and awarded Full Professorship in 2007. He then went on to serve as the Director of Institute of Biomedical Engineering, National Taiwan University from 2011 to 2014, and is now the Director of Research and Development Center for Medical Devices, National Taiwan University (since 2021).

Dr. Wang’s research interests include spine biomechanics, computer assisted surgeries, tissue regeneration, ultrasound biophysics, and neuronal science. He has published more than 120 peer-reviewed papers in elite research and clinical journals as well as hundreds of international conference papers. His current research interest is in the area of using the ultrasound stimulation for the regeneration of neuron, nucleus pulposus, articular cartilage, and muscles. His outstanding funding track record was recognized and awarded by the National Health Research Institute, Taiwan. He also served as a government reviewer/consoler for institutes such as the Ministry of Science of Technology, Ministry of Economics, etc.

He is a long-time member of the Orthopaedic Research Society, USA, and was awarded College of Fellows of American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) in 2015. He was the president of the Taiwanese Society of Biomedical Engineering (2017-2020). He bridges the gap of biomedical research between Taiwan and the international society. He successfully hosted many national and international conferences, including WACBE 2019 in Taipei. In addition to his academic achievement, he was funded by the Ministry of Economics to develop a spinal medical device which subsequently led to the successful establishment of a medical device company.

Prof Wang with the PhD students and postdoctoral fellows of ARC CMIT.


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