National Cancer Institute Symposium to be Part of NANO Week

Program to Encourage Collaboration between Nanotechnology, Cancer Researchers

Sep 21, 2004, 01:00 ET from Nano-Network

    CLEVELAND, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Cancer Institute (NCI),
 part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will present a symposium on
 the role of nanotechnology in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer Oct. 27 as
 part of NANO Week.  The program, "Overcoming Barriers to Collaboration," will
 be held at the InterContinental Hotel and MBNA Conference Center on The
 Cleveland Clinic Foundation campus.  It is free to attend, but space is
 limited to 200 registrants.
     The symposium is designed to raise awareness of nanotechnology and its
 potential within the cancer research community, and to encourage dialogue
 between the nanotechnology and cancer biology communities.  Interested
 attendees may pre-register and find additional information online
 at .
     "This symposium will encourage scientists from different disciplines to
 come together in Cleveland to determine how their expertise can best be
 applied to advance cancer research," said Shuvo Roy, Ph.D., a biomedical
 engineer and researcher at The Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute, who
 is helping organize the symposium.  "This symposium will be a strong follow up
 to the NanoMedicine Summit, which will examine a broader range of medical
 opportunities involving the application of nanotechnology."
     NANO Week, which takes place Oct. 25-29, will focus on the expanding role
 of nanotechnology in health care and the most attractive business ideas
 emerging from the world's leading nanotechnology research laboratories.  The
 week opens with The Cleveland Clinic NanoMedicine Summit 2004, a two-day
 scientific meeting devoted to exploring clinical opportunities for
 nanotechnology.  The Center for Business Intelligence's nanoparticles program,
 which will explore how nanotechnology is influencing the next generation of
 drug development and delivery, and the first International Nanotechnology
 Business Idea Competition, which is offering more than $75,000 in prize money
 to the business ideas that can best meet a real need and be commercialized,
 round out the week's events.
     The keynote speaker for the NCI program is Jeffrey A. Schloss, Ph.D.,
 program director for technology development with NIH's National Human Genome
 Research Institute.  Dr. Schloss heads the development of nanotechnology
 strategy for NIH.
     The NCI program will also feature speakers from leading cancer and
 nanotechnology research universities, including Gregory M. Lanza, M.D., Ph.D.,
 of Washington University (St. Louis), Chad A. Mirkin, Ph.D., of Northwestern
 University (Evanston, Ill.), Rashid Bashir, Ph.D., M.S.E.E., of Purdue
 University (West Lafayette, Ind.), James R. Baker, Jr., M.D., of the
 University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Reza Ghodssi, Ph.D., of the
 University of Maryland (College Park, Md.) and Cheryl L. Willman, M.D., of the
 University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, N.M.).
     The Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, an NCI-designated Comprehensive
 Cancer Center, is organizing the NCI symposium.  The Center is a partnership
 of Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals of Cleveland and The
 Cleveland Clinic Foundation.
     The program will be the first NCI is hosting since its Sept. 13
 announcement of the creation of the NCI Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer,
 a five-year, $144 million effort to develop nanotechnology-based tools for the
 research and treatment of cancer.  For more information on the NCI Alliance
 for Nanotechnology in Cancer, visit .
     About NANO Week:
     Cleveland welcomes a world-class line-up of educators, researchers and
 medical practitioners Oct. 25-29 for the first NANO Week.  The week will begin
 with The Cleveland Clinic NanoMedicine Summit 2004, Oct. 25-26 at the
 Intercontinental Hotel and Conference Center Cleveland.  The multidisciplinary
 scientific meeting will feature experts from the fields of cardiology,
 neurology, oncology and orthopedics.  The National Cancer Institute's Nanotech
 Symposium Series Oct. 27-28 will feature presentations by leading scientists
 in nanotechnology and cancer research who share hopes of focusing on the
 potential of nanotechnology to advance the diagnosis, treatment and prevention
 of cancer.  The International Nanotechnology Business Idea Competition at Case
 Western Reserve University Oct. 28-29 will distribute more than $75,000 in
 prize money to the business ideas that can best fill a real need and be
     About the Nano-Network
     The Nano-Network is the driving force behind NANO Week.  It was formed by
 scientists, entrepreneurs and financiers to improve and expand the
 nanotechnology research and commercialization activities and capacities in
 Northeast Ohio and throughout the nation. More information about the Nano-
 Network and NANO Week is available at .

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