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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University April 7, 2008 | Vol. 37 No. 29
'Nanotechnology for Cancer' Is the Focus of Next NanoBio Symposium

By Mary Spiro
Institute for NanoBioTechnology

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 NanoBioTechnology.

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 deadly disease."

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 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).

For more information, contact Mary Spiro at or 410-516-4802.


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