NDnano Symposium: Nanotechnology in the Treatment of Neurodegenerative Disorders

Awards for best posters in afternoon student poster session


Notre Dame’s Center for Nano Science and Technology (NDnano) is hosting a one-day symposium on Thursday, ​March 30 entitled "Nanotechnology in the Treatment of Neurodegenerative Disorders." The event, to be held on-campus from 10:45 am - 6:00 pm at Eck Visitors Center, brings together leading experts in neuroscience and nano​technology to share research and enhance collaborations.

Sponsored in part by a grant from Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), the NDnano symposium will combine technical presentations, a panel discussion, and the opportunity for students to showcase related research. Faculty and students at ORAU affiliates are invited to participate via webinar.

The keynote speaker is Kevin Tracey, M.D., President & CEO of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. Joining Dr. Tracey as speakers and panel members are:

  • Prof. Chad Bouton, Feinstein Institute for Medical Research: "Treating Paralysis with Bioelectronic Medicine"
  • Prof. Sakhrat Khizroev, Florida International University: "Magnetoelectric Nanoparticles for Wireless Deep-brain Stimulation"
  • Prof. Xiaoming Jin, Indiana University School of Medicine: "Magneto-Electric Nanoparticles for Magnetic Stimulation of Cortical Neurons in vivo"
  • Prof. Deborah Mash, University of Miami School of Medicine: "Nanoparticle Technologies for Treatment of Neurodegenerative Diseases"

“Interdisciplinary research is vital to the field of nanomedicine,” said Dr. David Balkin, managing director of NDnano. “By bringing together a multi-disciplinary team of ORAU-affiliated researchers, this inaugural symposium will help seed ideas for future research collaborations as well as fuel existing engagements that revolve around the use of nanotechnology in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. We look forward to expanding the network of students and researchers, representing an amazing breadth of disciplines, who are focused on contributing to this exciting field.”

Student participation in any part of the day's events is welcome and encouraged. In particular, a Student Symposium will be held from 4:00 - 6:00 pm, where undergraduate and graduate students are invited to share their research in a two-hour poster session. The students will first gather in the auditorium to present a one-minute “elevator pitch” of their research, then share a more in-depth recap in poster-session format. The event will conclude with awards for the best posters, selected by faculty judges.

The agenda and registration information is available on the NDnano website. The deadline for registration is March 13. http://nano.nd.edu/events/2017/03/30/ndnano-symposium/

2017 NDnano Symposium


  • Event: NDnano Symposium -- Nanotechnology in the Treatment of Neurodegenerative Disorders
  • Includes Student Symposium for undergraduate and graduate students, with awards for best posters.
  • Date: Thursday, March 30
  • Time: 10:45 am - 6:00 pm
  • Location: Eck Visitors Center, University of Notre Dame
  • Sponsors: NDnano and ORAU
  • Registration/Agenda: Visit the NDnano website
  • Event organizer: Dr. Tiffanie Stewart, NDnano research scientist (tstewar5@nd.edu)