Colloquium Date: Monday, April 26, 2010
A bi-weekly event to present and discuss issues related to developments, applications and commercialization of nanotechnology.
“Nanotechnologies for Personalized Medicine”
Dr. Mauro Ferrari
Professor and Chairman of the Department of Nanomedicine and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Texas Houston Health Science Center
(VIDEO CONFERENCED FROM HOUSTON, TX)
The advent of novel engineering technologies affords unprecedented advances toward long-elusive objectives of medical research. Individualized medicine responds to the basic but generally unattainable question of identifying the right therapy, reaching the right therapeutic target in the body at the right time, and securing immediate feedback as for its efficacy and undesired collateral effect. Finally, individualized medicine appears to be a credible general objective in many pathologies, owing to the integration of classical disciplines of clinical medicine, methods of molecular biology, and novel technology platforms.
Nanotechnologies are of great interest in the context of the drive toward individualized medicine, and may prove to be the necessary catalyst for its large-scale implementation. In this talk I will present nanoporous-silicon-based approaches for the individualization of medical intervention:
- multistage vectors for the preferential localization of therapeutic agents;
- therapeutic monitoring nanotextured chips for the proteomic and peptidomic content profiling of biological samples;
- nanochannel delivery systems for intelligent time-release from implants, and bionanoscaffolds for post-traumatic osteoregeneration.
Dr. Mauro Ferrari
Dr. Ferrari serves as: Professor and Chairman of the Department of Nanomedicine and Biomedical Engineering (nBME) at the University of Texas Houston Health Science Center, Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiology, Professor of Experimental Therapeutics, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston TX., Professor of Bioengineering, Rice University, Houston TX., Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston TX and President of the Alliance for NanoHealth, Houston TX.
Dr. Mauro Ferrari is a founder of biomedical nano/micro-technology, especially in their applications to drug delivery, cell transplantation, implantable bioreactors, and other innovative therapeutic modalities. In these fields, he has published more than 200 peer-reviewed journal articles and six books. He is the inventor of more than 20 issued patents, with about thirty more pending in the US and internationally. His contributions have been recognized by a variety of accolades, including: the Presidential Young Investigator Award of the National Science Foundation; the Shannon Director's Award of the National Institutes of Health; the Wallace H. Coulter Award for Biomedical Innovation and Entrepreneurship; and the Marzio Tremaglia Italiani nel Mondo Award from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
NANOMATERIALS APPLICATION CENTER
Walt Trybula, Ph.D.
Texas State University
San Marcos, TX
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