Cleveland Summit to Provide 'Point of Intersection' for Materials Engineers, Clinicians and Researchers

Aug 31, 2006, 01:00 ET from ASM International

    CLEVELAND, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Engineers are problem solvers;
 clinicians do whatever is necessary to extend and improve life. Put them
 together and you have the Materials, Medicine and Nanotechnology Summit,
 held October 2-5 in Cleveland and hosted by the Cleveland Clinic, ASM
 International and Nano-Network.
     "The challenges faced in the design of medical implants and devices are
 frequently materials related," said Shuvo Roy, Co-Director of the BioMEMS
 Laboratory at the Cleveland Clinic's Lerner Research Institute. "Which
 material will reduce the possibility of clotting most effectively? Which
 one will best ensure compatibility with living tissue? How can a smaller
 implant lead to a less-invasive surgical procedure? Answers to these
 questions may come from recent advances in materials and nanotechnology."
     By providing a point of intersection between materials and medicine,
 the Summit gives biomedical and device designers a way to understand the
 needs of surgeons and the potential of nanotechnology solutions. "The
 devices these days need significant input from mechanical engineers,
 materials people, electronic engineers," said Leonard A.R. Golding, M.D.,
 Director of the Innovative Ventricular Assist System (IVAS) Program at the
 Cleveland Clinic. "It gets complicated. You need to have your group heading
 in the same direction."
     On Tuesday, October 3 through noon on Wednesday, October 4, the Summit
 will feature Plenary Sessions jointly developed by the Cleveland Clinic and
 ASM International:
     Plenary Session I - Orthopedics
      - Edward Benzel, M.D., Spine Institute, Cleveland Clinic
      - Dana Medlin, Ph.D., South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
     Plenary Session II - Cardiovascular
      - Leonard Golding, M.D., Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland Clinic
     Plenary Session III - Neurology
      - Ali Rezai, M.D., Center for Neurological Restoration, Cleveland Clinic
      - Ramakrishna Venugopalan, Ph.D., Codman and Shurtleff, a J&J Company
     Plenary Session IV - Nanotechnology
      - Michael Gertner, M.D., Stanford University
      - Samuel A. Wickline, M.D., Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington
        University Medical Center
      - Michael N. Helmus, Ph.D., Advance Nanotech
     Plenary Session V - Engineered Biomaterials
      - Tony Calabro, Ph.D., Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland Clinic
      - Jonathan Baskin, M.D., Case Western Reserve University
     Plenary Session VI - Minimally Invasive Surgery
      - Peter Rasmussen, M.D., Neurosurgery, Cleveland Clinic
      - Sanjay Shrivastava, Ph.D., Abbott Vascular Devices
     From Wednesday afternoon, October 4 through Thursday, October 5, the
 Summit will feature two parallel tracks. The Nanomedicine track is focused
 on biomedical sensors, drug delivery, cellular diagnostics, tissue
 engineering and clinical opportunities for nanoparticles. The Materials and
 Processes for Medical Devices track recognizes the role of materials
 selection and processes in the development of new devices.
     Keynote Session I -- Biomedical Sensors
     Unique sensors to fulfill unmet clinical needs in portable and rapid
 diagnostic and long-term physiological monitoring in vivo. Featured
 speakers include:
      - Rashid Bashir, Ph.D., Purdue University
      - Aaron Fleischman, Ph.D., Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland Clinic
     Keynote Session II -- Surface Modification and Coatings
     Surface coatings and finishing techniques to enhance functional
 properties such as wear, corrosion resistance and enhanced
 biocompatibility. Featured speakers include:
      - David Cebon, Ph.D., Granta Design Limited
      - Donald F. Gibbons, D.Sc., Ph.D., 3M Biosciences Laboratory (Retired)
     Keynote Session III -- Drug Delivery
     Innovative devices and strategies for targeted and programmed delivery
 of therapeutic agents to maximize efficacy. Featured speakers include:
      - John T. Santini, Jr., Ph.D., MicroCHIPS, Inc.
      - Tejal Desai, Ph.D., University of California, San Francisco
      - Pamela B. Davis, M.D., Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University
     Keynote Session IV -- Nanoparticles/Nanomaterials
     Fracture, fatigue, corrosion and materials degradation. Featured
 speakers include:
     - Thomas J. Webster, Ph.D., Brown University
     Keynote Session V -- Tissue Engineering
     Distinctive translational approaches to develop functional tissue and
 organ replacement. Featured speakers include:
      - William H. Fissell, M.D., Nephrology, University of Michigan
      - George Muschler, M.D., Orthopaedic Surgery, Cleveland Clinic
      - Horst von Recum, Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering Case Western Reserve
     Keynote Session VI -- Failure Analysis
     Fracture, fatigue, corrosion and materials degradation.
     Keynote Session VII -- Nanoscale Diagnostics
     Specialized tools to localize and investigate cellular characteristics.
 Featured speakers include:
      - Derek Hansford, Ph.D., Ohio State University
      - Maciej Zborowski, Ph.D., Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland Clinic
      - Daniel Fletcher, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
     Keynote Session VIII -- Startup to Commercialization
     From technical innovation to commercial success (what works and what
 doesn't), process steps for success. Featured speakers include:
      - Darel Hodgson, Ph.D., Nitinol Technology, Inc.
      - Michael Lang, BioEnterprise
     Keynote Session IX -- Nanoparticles In Vivo
     Identification of clinical opportunities for nanoparticles in tumor
 detection and treatment.
     The Summit begins on Monday, October 2, with ASM tutorials on Materials
 and Processes for Medical Devices. Morning sessions are designed for
 engineers, while afternoon sessions are designed specifically for
 clinicians. Topics and presenters include:
      - Introduction to Polymers for Medical Devices, presented by Richard
        Lange, Ph.D., The Lubrizol Corporation (Retired)
      - Basic Metallurgy for Medical Devices, presented by Dana Medlin, Ph.D.,
        South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
      - Nitinol for Medical Devices, presented by Alan Pelton, Ph.D., Nitinol
        Devices and Components
      - Fatigue, Fracture and Corrosion for Medical Devices, presented by Brad
        James, Ph.D., Exponent Failure Analysis Associates
     Please visit the conference website at for
 registration and exhibitor information.
     Raquel Santiago
     Media Relations
     Cleveland Clinic Foundation
     Rego Giovanetti
     Communications Officer
     ASM International
     440-338-5151, x5622
     Kelly Coolbaugh
     Director of Communications

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