Q - 11th International Conference
Medical Applications of Novel Biomaterials and Nanotechnology

Chair:
Thomas J. WEBSTER, Northeastern University, USA

Members:
Russ ALGAR, University of British Columbia, Canada
George E. ANINWENE II, Northeastern University, USA
Serena BEST, University of Cambridge, UK
Peilin CHEN, Research Center for Applied Sciences, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Smadar COHEN, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel
Luisa DE COLA, Strasbourg University, France
Marie-Helene DELVILLE, CNRS, Université de Bordeaux, France
Avi DOMB, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Hongwei DUAN, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Peter DUBRUEL, Ghent University, Belgium
Jennifer H. ELISSEEFF, Translational Tissue Engineering Center, USA
Mingyuan GAO, Institute of Chemistry, CAS, China
Dietmar HUTMACHER, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
Esmaiel JABBARI, University of South Carolina, USA
John JANSEN, Radboud University, Netherlands
Kazunori KATAOKA, University of Tokyo, Japan
Ali KHADEMHOSSEINI, Harvard Medical School, USA
C. James KIRKPATRICK, Johannes Gutenberg University, Germany
Vinod LABHASETWAR, Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute, USA
Cato LAURENCIN, University of Connecticut, USA
Pierre LAYROLLE, Université de Nantes, France
Feng-Huei LIN, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Patrick T. MATHER, Syracuse University, USA
Samir MITRAGOTRI, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA
Yukio NAGASAKI, University of Tsukuba, Japan
Abhay PANDIT, National University of Ireland, Ireland
Ji Ho (Joe) PARK, KAIST, South Korea
Genevieve POURROY, CNRS IPCMS, France
Sirinrath SIRIVISOOT, King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand
Maryam TABRIZIAN, McGill University, Canada
Vladimir P. TORCHILIN, Northeastern University, USA
Qiangbin WANG, Suzhou Institute of Nano-Tech and Nano-Bionics, China
Jackie YING, Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, Singapore
Baohong YUAN, University of Texas, Arlington, USA
Nobuhiko YUI, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Japan
Lijie Grace ZHANG, George Washington University, USA
Sylvie BEGIN-COLIN, Université de Strasbourg, France
Nanguang CHEN, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Peilin CHEN, Research Center for Applied Sciences, Academia Sinica, Taiwan
Christina M. GRAF, Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany
Yu HOSHINO, Kyushu University, Japan
Kazuhiko ISHIHARA, University of Tokyo, Japan
Esmaiel JABBARI, University of South Carolina, USA
Akihiro KISHIMURA, Kyushu University, Japan
Jonathan F. LOVELL, University at Buffalo, USA
Atsushi MARUYAMA, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
Patrick T. MATHER, Syracuse University, USA
Yukio NAGASAKI, University of Tsukuba, Japan
Yuichi OHYA, Kansai University, Japan
Shilpa SANT, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Vassilios I. SIKAVITSAS, University of Oklahoma, Norman, USA
Vladimir P. TORCHILIN, Northeastern University, USA
Tetsuji YAMAOKA, National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center Research Inst., Japan
Nobuhiko YUI, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Japan
 
The convergences among materials, electronics and biological systems at the nanoscale are fuelling unprecedented opportunities in the biomedical area through the development of novel minimally invasive targeted therapies, imaging and diagnosis methods. Major objectives of the conference, that follows the same subject held in previous CIMTEC conferences, is to provide a synergic approach covering applied chemistry and physics, materials science, electronics, biochemistry and medicine to enlighten how deeper insights into biological events and its interplay with nanotechnology may support the development of new generations of materials, micro-nano-devices and molecular level approaches to solve relevant biomedical problems.
The conference particularly aims to report recent progress in  the synthesis and characterization of new or creatively modified stimuli-responsive, active and multifunctional metals, ceramics, polymers, gels; smart nanoparticles, functionalized 1-D and 2.D nanostructures, Q-dots; hybrid, composites, self-organized materials, hierarchical bio-nanostructures, as well as the potential for their implementation in selected challenging areas of nanomedicine such as: i- multi-scale approaches to regenerate and engineer new soft and hard tissue; ii-innovative targeted drug delivery and release platforms; and iii-new materials systems for medical imaging/ therapy including multi-modal theranostics.
Materials and micro/nano devices for implantable neural interfaces and the prospects of functionalized carbon nanotubes and graphene in medicine will be the objective of two Focused Sessions to complement conference contents.
Overall, the study of systemic interactions in the body environment such as side effects, biocompatibility and biofunctionality will be essential issues to promote the discussion for bioinspired strategies in materials and device design to be effectively implemented into clinical practice.
Session Topics

Q-1 Advances in stimuli responsive, active and multi-functional biomaterials

-  Smart nanoparticles, functionalized 1-D and 2-D nanostructures, Q-dots
-  Stimuli-responsive polymers and gels, liquid crystalline elastomers
-  Shape-memory and shape-changing polymers and alloys
-  Bioactive and biodegradable ceramics and glass
-  Multifunctional thin films and coatings; multilayer constructs
-  Active/stimuli responsive hybrid, composite, self organized hierarchical nanostructures
-  Supramolecular materials, natural and bio inspired materials
-  Molecular modelling of structures and functions

Q-2 Multifunctional materials in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine

-  Hydrogel-based biomaterials; porous scaffolds; nanoparticles; metal, ceramic, polymer, lipid-based and composite functional materials
-  3D scaffold design, fabrication and evaluation
-  Microfabrication techniques (microfluidic tools, bioimprinting, micro/nanopatterning)    
-  Growth factors delivery vehicles
-  Biomaterials to modulate stem-cell microenvironments
-  Vascularization of tissue-engineered constructs  
-  Self healing mechanisms
-  Biomimetic materials for engineering load-bearing tissues
-  Biomechanics of soft and hard tissues
-  In vitro and in vivo studies, biocompatibility, biofunctionality and tossicological issues
-  Advanced modeling and characterization methods for biomaterials, scaffolds and tissues

Q-3 Smart drug /gene delivery and release systems

-  Systems for targeted delivery: peptides, proteins, gene therapy agents and vaccines  
-  Carrier vehicles: nanoparticles/nanotubes, liposomes, polymeric micelles, dendrimers,
-  Drug targeting and targeting and imaging agents to site/specific delivery.  
-  Controlled release systems, triggering mechanisms
-  In-vitro and in-vivo studies and models for drug transport, absorption metabolism and retention mechanisms

Q-4 Nanomaterials systems for bio-imaging and therapy

-  Functionalized inorganic and organic nanoparticulate system for bio-imaging:
   metallic, metal oxide, polymeric, QDs
-  Nanotubes and nanowires
-  Agents/devices for in-vitro and in-vivo imaging, diagnostics and therapy:
   Optical /nanophotonic agents
       Nanomagnetic agents
       Photoacustic agents
       Nanothermal agents
       Radiological agents
       Multimodal bio-imaging agents
       Theranostic nanocarriers
       Multimodal theranostic agents

Focused Session Q-5
Biomedical Applications of Carbon Nanotubes and Graphene:
Opportunities and Challenges

Focused Session Q-6
Materials Nanotechnologies for Implantable Neural Interfaces

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