Nanotechnology in the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders was the topic of the inaugural NDnano Symposium, held March 30, 2017 at the University of Notre Dame.
The event brought together leading experts in neuroscience and nanotechnology to share information, enhance research collaborations and discuss the future of the field.
The keynote address, “Bioelectronic Medicine: Using Electrons Instead of Drugs,” was presented by Kevin J. Tracey, M.D. Dr. Tracey is president and CEO of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research; executive vice president of research at Northwell Health; and professor of molecular medicine and neurosurgery and associate dean of research at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine.
Invited speakers included:
Prof. Chad Bouton, whose talk was entitled, "Treating Paralysis with Bioelectronic Medicine”. Prof. Bouton is vice president of advanced engineering and director of the Center for Bioelectronic Medicine at Feinstein.
Prof. Sakhrat Khizroev, professor of cellular biology and pharmacology at Florida International University’s Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine. Dr. Khizroev spoke on the use of magnetoelectric nanoparticles for wireless deep-brain stimulation.
Prof. Xiaoming Jin, associate professor of anatomy and cell biology at the Indiana University School of Medicine, who presented a talk entitled, “Magneto-Electric Nanoparticles for Magnetic Stimulation of Cortical Neurons in vivo.”
Prof. Deborah Mash, whose topic was nanoparticle technologies for treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. Mash is the director of the University of Miami Brain Endowment Bank™ and professor of neurology and molecular and cellular pharmacology at the University of Miami School of Medicine.
Congratulations are extended to the following students, who were earned “best poster” honors during the afternoon poster session:
- Yide Zhang: “Super-sensitivity and super-resolution multiphoton fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy”
- Sandhya Vasudevan: “Spatial frequency domain imaging of breast cancer induced brain metastases in a mouse model”
- Nur Mustafaoglu: “Designing of enhanced liposomal delivery systems for crossing the blood brain barrier”
The event was organized by Dr. Tiffanie Stewart and made possible by a grant from Oak Ridge Associated Universities, with additional support from the Harper Cancer Research Institute.