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Special Issue – Micro and Nanotechnology In Medicine

By Nitish Thakor

This month we bring you an interview and timely articles from Thought Leaders at the recent EMBS Micro and Nanotechnology in Medicine Conference. The Conference focused on the translation of emerging micro/nano technology from the laboratory to the bedside. Our Newsletter features an interview and three articles based on talks given at the Conference.

In our featured video, Conference Chair Ali Khademhosseni speaks to us on his objectives for the conference, and the prospects for clinical applications of his field of work, tissue engineering.

Highlights of the Conference and descriptions of keynote addresses are provided in the article, “1st IEEE EMBS Micro and Nanotechnology in Medicine Conference Brings Together Leaders in the Field” by Rashid Bashir, Michelle Khine, & Ali Khademhosseini

The article, “Nanostructured Thin Films Aid Delivery of Promising New Drugs in the Body” by Russell F. Ross and Tejal A. Desai, reports on exciting results they have achieved in using nanoparticles to aid in drug delivery.

Nanotechnology also is featured in “Translating Biophysics to Reduced Healthcare Costs”, by Henry T.K. Tse, Dino Di Carlo, Daniel R. Gossett. They have used a microfluidic platform to measure physical deformation of cells, with the aim of providing an improved method for cancer screening.

We look forward to your active participation in this Newsletter. We hope that many of you will send us your comments and suggestions and submit cutting-edge scientific news stories, share emerging technologies, discoveries and breakthroughs for possible publication in future issues. Send them to us at lsnews@ieee.org.

Nitish Thakor, Editor-In-Chief
Lee Moffitt, Managing Editor
lsnews@ieee.org

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December 2012 Contributors

Nitish V. ThakorNitish V. Thakor is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA, as well as the Director of the newly formed institute for neurotechnology, SiNAPSE, at the National University of Singapore. Read more

Ali KhademhosseiniAli Khademhosseini, MASc, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at Harvard-MIT's Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST), Brigham and Women's Hospital... Read more

Rashid BashirRashid Bashir he is the Abel Bliss Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering & Bioengineering, Director of the Micro and NanoTechnology Laboratory... Read more

Michelle KhineMichelle Khine is Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering; and Associate Professor (Joint Appointment), Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, at the University of California, Irvine. Read more

Dr. Russell F. RossDr. Russell F. Ross is the Director of Product and Technology Development at Kimberly-Clark Corporation, leading the development of biomaterials for drug delivery and therapeutic applications. Read more

Dr. Tejal DesaiDr. Tejal Desai is currently Professor of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. Read more

Henry T.K. TseHenry T.K. Tse is a postdoctoral fellow at UCLA where he had also received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering in 2012 under the guidance of Dino Di Carlo. Read more

Dino Di CarloDino Di Carlo is an Associate Professor of Bioengineering at UCLA. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 2002 and 2006 respectively... Read more

Daniel GossettDaniel Gossett received his Ph.D. from the Biomedical Engineering Interdepartmental Program at the University of California, Los Angeles in the Spring of 2012... Read more