Nanomaterials Symposium 2011

Frontiers in Materials Science for the 21st Century- Applications in Biomedicine

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Monday, May 23, 2011
Sloan Auditorium, Goergen Hall, University of Rochester

A message from Todd Krauss- Professor of Chemistry and Optics, and Chair of the Materials Science Program: A signature challenge is the design of materials able to direct cellular behavior and respond to chemical and/or mechanical cellular signals or feedback mechanisms. Biomaterials capable of responding to nanometer scale cues in their environment will have revolutionary, broad impacts in materials science, biology and medicine. For example, novel prosthetics, materials for wound healing, and brain-machine interfaces all contain an interface of nerve cells with synthetic materials; the key components of this interface are at sub-micron dimensions. We will host at the University of Rochester a full one-day symposium with the overarching theme of innovations in nanometer scale materials science and engineering necessary in order to advance biological medicine in the coming decades. Keynote speakers will address the problem from several perspectives including discussions of photoactive materials, nanometer scale extracellular environments, cell adhesion and signaling, biomimetic materials, and cellular regeneration. Contributed papers will discuss biomedical and nanotechnological materials science research at the University of Rochester, as well as in the greater New York area. We propose a "Gordon Conference" style format, where a significant proportion of the conference will be reserved for discussion and exchange of ideas.

Keynote Speakers:

Kevin E. HealyKevin E. Healy, Ph.D.
Jan Fandrianto Distinguished Professor in Engineering
University of California, Berkeley

"Dictating Stem Cell Fate via Bioinspired Materials"




Ahmet Hoke Ahmet Hoke
Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience
Director of the DB Drachman Division of Neuromuscular Disorders in the Department of Neurology
Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine

"Nanoscale guidance cues for peripheral nerve regeneration"



Nathan Cady Nathaniel C. Cady, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
College of Nanoscale Science & Engineering
University at Albany

"Approaching biology and biomaterials from the nanoscale"




Diabe Hoffman-KimDiane Hoffman-Kim, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Medical Science and Engineering
Department of Molecular Pharmacology, Physiology, & Biotechnology and the Center for Biomedical Engineering
Brown University
(BS in Optical Engineering from UR)

"Genuine Fakes - Biomimetic Materials that Replicate Cellular Topography and Direct Nerve Growth"


Philip LeDucPhilip LeDuc, Ph.D.
Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Biomedical Engineering, Computational Bioogy, and Biological Sciences
Carnegie-Mellon University

"Linking Mechanics to Biochemistry in Molecular and Cellular Behavior Through Biological Inspired Nano- and Micro-technology"
(Press Release: New Protein Function That Could Save Lives)

University of Rochester Speakers:

Harris A. Gelbard, Ph.D.
Director of Center for Neural Development & Disease
University of Rochester
School of Medicine and Dentistry

Danielle Benoit, Ph.D.
Depts. of Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering
University of Rochester

Mitchell Anthamatten, Ph.D.
Dept. of Chemical Engineering
University of Rochester

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