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Biomedical Applications of Magnetic Micro- and Nanoparticles

Sponsored by
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Presented by MRS Bulletin

Thursday, September 14, 2017
11:00 a.m. (ET)
45 minutes plus Q&A

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Note: This webinar has a separate registration from the MRS webinar series.

The use of magnetic micro- and nanoparticles for biomedical applications was first proposed in the 1920s as a way to measure the rheological properties of the cytoplasm. Since that time, particle synthesis techniques and functionality have advanced significantly. Magnetic micro- and nanoparticles are now used in a variety of biomedical applications such as targeted drug discovery, MRI contrast enhancement, gene transfection, immunoassay and cell sorting. More recently, magnetic micro- and nanoparticles have been used to investigate and manipulate cellular processes both in vitro and in vivo.

The webinar will focus on developments in Magnetically Activated Receptor Signaling (MARS)—a magnetic nanoparticle-based technique for activating cell surface receptors and controlling the activity of biomolecules such as growth factors. In addition, magnetic nanoparticle-based gene transfection and hyperthermia will be discussed.

Moderator

Bryce Nelson, Head of Materials Science
MilliporeSigma, the life science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany

Speaker

Jon DobsonJon Dobson, Professor of Biomedical Engineering & Biomaterials
University of Florida

Dobson’s research focuses on biomedical applications of magnetic micro- and nanoparticles. His group has developed novel technologies for 1) magnetic targeting and remote activation of cell signaling pathways for cell engineering and stem cell therapy; 2) magnetic nanoparticle-based gene transfection delivery; and 3) magnetic targeting of modified cell carriers for cancer therapy and regenerative medicine. In addition, he has also led a multi-national research program developing novel imaging and characterization techniques to quantify, characterize and map compounds related to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Read more »

Who Should Attend

  • Material Scientists
  • Biomedical Researchers
  • Translational Researchers
  • Chemical Engineers

Key Learning Objectives

  • Understanding of magnetic properties of materials
  • Introduction to applications in biomedicine that employ magnetic micro- and nanoparticles
  • Specific overview of magnetically actuated receptor signaling, gene transfection, and hyperthermia