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World Medical Tourism Congress Taiwan 2014 Set for June

May 29, 2014

Printing replacement body parts may sound like something from the realm of science fiction, but that idea and that of others using 3- D techniques for the mass production of medical devices will be the topic of a keynote presentation at World Medical Tourism Congress Taiwan 2014.

Jointly sponsored by the Ministry of Health & Welfare Taiwan, Taiwan External Trade Development Council, Global Benefits Association and Medical Tourism Association, the event will be held June 26-27 at the Taipei International Convention Center.

World Medical Tourism Congress Taiwan reported in a release that Dr. Scott Hollister, professor of biomedical engineering and director of the Scaffold Tissue Engineering Group at the University of Michigan, will present "Impacts of Advanced Technology in Medical Services," focusing on a hot topic - the theory that entire organs and body parts can be bio-printed - that has not only captured the imagination of the world, but, more specifically, the healthcare industry as well.

"Using 3-D images could revolutionize the way we look - quite literally - at the way healthcare providers manufacture, distribute and modify medical and dental devices," said Renee-Marie Stephano, President of the Medical Tourism Association. "But, as fascinating as the prospect of advancing health improvements through 3-D printing can be, public discussions like this can serve to further balance safety issues without compromising innovation."

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