All facets of research relating to the emerging
discipline of nanobiotechnology — a science that
operates at the scale of one-billionth of a meter —
will be explored at the second annual Johns Hopkins
NanoBio Symposium. This year's event will be held May 1 and
2 at the School of Medicine and is hosted
by the Institute for
Nearly 400 people attended the inaugural Johns Hopkins
NanoBio Symposium. Due to this
enthusiastic response, institute leaders chose to expand
the 2008 event to two days.
Nanotechnology for Cancer will be the focus of
Thursday's workshop, co-hosted by the Kimmel
Cancer Center. This workshop will feature short
presentations and discussions with faculty experts
working in areas relating to nanobiotechnology. It will be
held from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Koch Cancer
Research Building's Owens Auditorium.
"Advances in nanotechnology coupled with our
increasing understanding of cancer make it a
uniquely exciting time for a Nanotechnology for Cancer
workshop," said Kenneth Kinzler, professor of
oncology in the School of Medicine, director of the Ludwig
Center and an INBT executive committee
member. "Nanotechnology promises powerful new tools for
both the study and management of this
Other INBT-affiliated Johns Hopkins faculty who plan
to present at the workshop include
Justin Hanes and Konstantinos Konstantopoulos, associate
professors in the schools of Engineering and
Medicine; Anirban Maitra, associate professor in the School
of Medicine; Martin Pomper and Jonathan
Schneck, professors in the School of Medicine; and Peter
Searson and Denis Wirtz, professors in the
School of Engineering. Luis Diaz, assistant professor of
oncology at the Kimmel Cancer Center, will
present a talk on clinical cancer.
On Friday, the symposium continues from 9 a.m. to
12:30 p.m. in the Turner Auditorium, with
talks from internationally recognized scholars who
specialize in various aspects of nanobiotechnology.
Invited speakers are Donald E. Ingber, professor of
vascular biology, Harvard Medical School;
Andrew D. Maynard, chief science adviser, Project on
Emerging Nanotechnologies at the Woodrow
Wilson International Center for Scholars; Paras N. Prasad,
director, Institute for Lasers, Photonics
and Biophotonics at the University at Buffalo; Jeffery A.
Schloss, National Human Genome Research
Institute; and Jennifer L. West, professor of
bioengineering, Rice University.
The symposium will conclude with a Friday afternoon
poster session displaying research from
across Johns Hopkins, as well as from government and
industry. The poster session will be held from 2
to 4:30 p.m. in Turner Concourse.
All attendees are encouraged to present posters,
subject to INBT approval.
There is no cost for JHU-affiliated faculty, staff,
students and postdoctoral fellows to attend,
but online registration is required. Registration and
guidelines for poster submission are available at
inbt.jhu.edu. The deadline for poster submissions is
April 17, and the deadline for general
registration without a poster is April 24.
Student posters will be judged, and prizes include
two- and one-year subscriptions to the peer-
reviewed journal Nature Nanotechnology (valued at
$259 and $152, respectively).
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