NU-CCNE Northwestern

Nano Boot Camp
for Clinicians

November 1, 2013
1:30 - 4:30 pm
Baldwin Auditorium, Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center
303 E. Superior Street, Chicago


The potential impact of nanotechnology is well recognized and could be the fundamental driver of meaningful advances in cancer imaging, diagnostics, and therapeutics.

The Nano Boot Camp for Clinicians provides an excellent way for clinicians and medical students to gain an understanding of nanotechnology, current advances in the field, and the prospects for translating these advances to the clinic.

There is no charge to attend, but advance reservations are recommended.

The Nano Boot Camp is offered free of charge, but registration by October 31st is highly recommended.
Please click here to register on-line or call (847) 491-5784.


1:30 – 1:45 P.M. Opening Remarks, Steven T. Rosen, MD

1:45 – 2:00 P.M. Nano-Basics for Clinicians
Teri W. Odom, PhD

This tutorial will introduce the basic concepts of nanotechnology for biomedical scientists.

2:00 – 3:00 P.M. Gold Nanostars as Tiny Hitchhikers for Cancer Therapeutics
Teri W. Odom, PhD

This talk will describe how drug-loaded gold nanostars can be transported to the cell nucleus and result in changes to nuclear phenotype that can be correlated with in vitro therapeutic efficacy. Prospects for whether this nanoconstruct can be used as a general approach to deliver drugs in a range of cancers will be discussed.

2:30 – 3:00 P.M. NanoFlares for the Detection of Circulating Cancer Stem Cells
Chonghui Cheng, MD, PhD

Detection of circulating cancer stem cells can greatly advance the diagnosis and treatment of cancers. This tutorial will discuss challenges of discovering these cells, and the novel approach of using NanoFlares for such detection.

3:00 – 3:30 P.M. RNAi-Based Nanotherapeutics for the Treatment of Malignant Glioma
Alexander H. Stegh, PhD

This tutorial will discuss the challenges of glioma drug development, and will highlight how nanotechnology/nanomedicine can overcome these barriers. We will discuss approaches to preclinically validate RNAi-based nanomaterials in glioma cell and animal models, and will point to future challenges to drive nanoconjugates toward clinical opportunity.

3:30 – 4:30 P.M. Reception
Join us for refreshments in the atrium outside of Baldwin Auditorium




The following garage is within easy walking distance of the event:

321 E. Erie Street, Chicago, IL



Baxter Healthcare Corporation

Northwestern University Center of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence (NU-CCNE)

International Institute for Nanotechnology, Northwestern University

Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University