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Symposium SM7—Future Healthcare Needs through Biomaterials, Bioengineering and the Cellular Building Block

Cells are often called the “building blocks of life” as they are the basic unit of living organisms. The need for innovative solutions for current and future healthcare is nearly boundless. Many of these breakthroughs will result by having a basic understanding at the cellular level, where an isolated cell or collection of cells (e.g., tissue) responds to internal and/or external cues from its surrounding environment. In order to achieve this level of understanding, several components need to coalesce together. For instance, novel biomaterials may be needed to the design and synthesize probes to measure a biological/physiological response. Moreover, novel fabrication techniques and bio-compatible devices may need to be built in order to measure with enough sensitivity and spatial/temporal resolution to have benefit for a particular healthcare need (e.g., for early detection of diseases). The motivation and challenge behind this symposium is to bring together thought leaders in this still expanding field to highlight advances made in their respective expertise that have “cells” as a common thread throughout the program. Having this common “currency” for foundational understanding, while at the same time projecting this knowledge forward to address healthcare needs, provide the critical linkages for potential breakthroughs for this field and improved engagement for the symposium participants.

Topics will include:

  • Understanding Cellular and Tissue Function:
    • Probes and sensors for cell & tissue level homeostasis analysis and interrogation
    • Measurement s of physical properties mechanical/thermal/electromagnetic properties of cells/tissues
    • 3D printing , additive manufacturing, and hierarchal assembly of tissue-engineered structures
    • High-throughput & content screening of cells and organoids
    • Response stimulation – immune, cell-cell, chemical, and/or physical
    • Multi-scale modeling and simulation
  • Diagnosis, Monitoring, and Treatment Strategies:
    • Surface science and materials chemistry to facilitate in-vitro or ex-vivo assays
    • In-vitro/in-vivo advanced imaging methods and agents
    • Devices, which can include microfluidics and nanofluidics, to measure cellular or physiological response as well as strategies to control their function
    • Platforms to monitor health and environmental factors
    • Biological/non-biological constructs to control or eliminate diseased cells/tissue
    • Theranostics approaches
    • Cellular approaches for controlled delivery and release of drugs

Invited Speakers:

  • Horacio Espinosa (Northwestern University and iNfintesimal LLC, USA)
  • Nick Melosh (Stanford University, USA)
  • Jwa-Min Nam (Seoul National University, Republic of Korea)
  • Teri Odom (Northwestern University, USA)
  • Marc Raphael (Naval Research Laboratory, USA)
  • Taher Saif (University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, USA)
  • Ahmed Wylie (The Institut Curie, France)

Symposium Organizers

Larry Nagahara
Johns Hopkins University
Whiting School of Engineering

Steven Curley
Baylor College of Medicine
Department of Surgery
713-798-8371, steven.curley@bcm.edu

Erica Forzani
Arizona State University
Biodesign Institute
480-965-9058, erica.forzani@asu.edu

Wonmo Kang
Naval Research Laboratory