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 http://www.capconcorp.com/nci/ .
"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 http://nano.cancer.gov/index.asp .
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 http://www.nano-network.org/ .