CLEVELAND, July 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Innovators in medical devices,
clinical practice, and biomedical research will gather at Cleveland Clinic
October 2-5 to discuss the latest materials advances and nanotechnology
discoveries and how they are resulting in new medical applications.
The Materials, Medicine, and Nanotechnology Summit will be hosted by
Cleveland Clinic, ASM International, and the Nano-Network as the anchor
event of Nano-Week(TM) 2006, a five-day exploration of how nanotechnology
is changing our world. The Summit is comprised of the biennial Cleveland
Clinic NanoMedicine Summit and ASM's Materials & Processes for Medical
Devices (MPMD) Conference and Exposition.
The Summit will take place at the InterContinental Hotel & MBNA
Conference Center-Cleveland, located on the Clinic's campus. Agenda and
registration information can be found at http://www.nanomedicinesummit.org.
"This Summit is unique because it brings together materials experts,
nanotechnology researchers, the engineers who design medical devices, and
the practicing clinicians who use these devices and judge their efficacy in
patients," said Shuvo Roy, Ph.D., Co-Director of BioMEMS Laboratory at
Cleveland Clinic. "By facilitating open discussion, this meeting will
identify challenges and solutions that can accelerate the medical adoption
of advanced materials and nanotechnology into clinical applications."
The Summit will be valuable for academic nanotechnology scientists,
medical device engineers, biomedical scientists, medical entrepreneurs, and
corporate R&D managers who want to gain clinical perspective and identify
opportunities for collaboration, Dr. Roy said. Physicians from a variety of
specialties, including cardiac and vascular medicine, neurological
diseases, and orthopedic and spine disorders, will also find the meeting
useful in understanding how nanotechnology and materials are affecting the
roadmap for the future of medicine.
Monday, October 2, will feature courses developed by ASM International
and the International Organization on Shape Memory and Superelastic
Technologies (SMST). Designed for engineers and physicians who work with
medical devices, the following materials and process-related courses will
be offered with CME accreditation: Polymers for Medical Device Design;
Basic Metallurgy for Medical Devices; Nitinol for Medical Devices; and
Fracture, Fatigue, and Corrosion for Medical Devices.
Tuesday, October 3 through Wednesday morning, October 4, Cleveland
Clinic and ASM will offer blended technical programming covering the
spectrum of materials-related challenges in orthopedics, cardiovascular,
neurology, nanotechnology, orthopedic tissue engineering, and minimally
invasive surgery. Wednesday afternoon through Thursday, October 5, the
Summit evolves into a Nanomedicine track focused on biomedical sensors,
commercialization, drug delivery, nanoscale diagnostics and clinical
opportunities. A parallel program track on Materials and Processes for
Medical Devices will recognize the role of materials selection and
processes in the development of new devices.
"By the end of the Summit, we will understand the latest advances in
materials, bioMEMS, and nanotechnology relevant to medical applications,
and will have a clear picture of high-impact and near-term opportunities
for nanotechnology in medicine," Dr. Roy said. "At the same time, our
attendees will have a new awareness of the role of materials selection and
processes in the development of medical devices."
About Cleveland Clinic:
Cleveland Clinic, located in Cleveland, Ohio, is a not-for-profit
multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and
hospital care with research and education. Cleveland Clinic was founded in
1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding
patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and
innovation. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as
one of the nation's best hospitals in its annual "America's Best Hospitals"
survey. Approximately 1,500 full-time salaried physicians at Cleveland
Clinic and Cleveland Clinic Florida represent more than 100 medical
specialties and subspecialties. In 2005, patients came for treatment from
every state and 100 countries. Cleveland Clinic website address is
About ASM International:
Headquartered in Northeast Ohio, ASM International is the world's
leading society serving the materials science and engineering community,
with more than 38,000 members worldwide. ASM provides authoritative
information and knowledge on materials and processes -- from the structural
to the nanoscale. Information on materials is obtained from wherever in the
world it is available and distributed wherever in the world it is needed
through ASM conferences and expositions, publications and handbooks,
seminars and training, and http://www.asminternational.org.
About the Nano-Network:
The Nano-Network was formed by scientists, entrepreneurs and financiers
to improve and expand nanotechnology research and commercialization
activities and capacities in Northeast Ohio, and throughout the nation. The
Nano-Network is one of the largest and best-known privately funded, "grass
roots" nanotechnology organizations in the U.S. The Nano-Network is
currently managed by NorTech (www.nortech.org), a regional economic
development organization focused on innovation, technology and
entrepreneurship in Northeast Ohio. NorTech's relationship with the
Nano-Network provides the group with structure, contacts and resources to
further promote nanotechnology in Ohio and the United States.
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Director of Communications
SOURCE ASM International