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Intercampus Workshop on Molecular Targeting for Imaging and Intervention

This event was initiated by researchers at the Weill-Cornell Medical College who are interested in collaborating on the design and implementation of agents for detection, therapeutics and imaging technologies for cancer biology and other fields. Interested Ithaca faculty with expertise in engineering, computation, chemistry, animal modelling, cell biology, nanofabrication and materials science also attended.

The workshop was formatted to provide quick snapshots of research interestes, needs, capabilities and models. Breakout sessions and a networking dinner provided opportunities to meet and discuss possible projects. The ideas and plans for continuing networking within this group was summarized at the end of the day. This event was organized by the Office of Interc
ampus Initiaitives and the Cornell NanoScale Science and Technology Facility (CNF), and sponsored by the Weill-Cornell Department of Radiology, the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network, and The National Science Foundation.

Contact Dr. Beth Rhoades, CNF Life Sciences Liaison (rhoades /at\ cnf.cornell.edu) or Dr. Caren Heller, Asst. Dean for Intercampus Initiatives (cah2021 /at\ med.cornell.edu) for more information.

WHEN: Friday and Saturday, March 26-27, 2010
PLACE: Phillips Hall and the Statler Hotel, Cornell's Ithaca campus


An electronic version of the program booklet is available by clicking here (PDF version).


Friday, March 26 

231 Phillips Hall (with refreshments)  

4:45 - 5:15pm        "Introduction to the Cornell NanoScale Science and Technology Facility" - Don Tennant, Director of Operations, CNF

5:15 - 6:15pm        "Translational Molecular Imaging" - Martin Pomper, M.D., Ph.D,

Associate Professor of Radiology, Parmacology & Oncology, Associate Director of Molecular Imaging Center at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions

Statler Hotel, Yale/Princeton Room             

6:30 - 8:30pm         Networking Dinner for registered attendees

Saturday, March 27

219 Phillips Hall   

8:00 - 8:15          Registration

8:15 - 8:30           "Scope and Goal of the Collaborative Workshop" - Dr. Ulrich Wiesner, Materials Science & Engineering, Ithaca campus

8:30 - 9:30         Snapshot Talks-Session #1: Current challenges for clinical and experimental imaging

                                    (Speakers: Drs. Neil Bander (Chair), Robert Weiss, Sonal Grover, Jonathan Butcher)

9:30 - 10:15       Snapshot Talks-Session #2: Developing molecular imaging technologies and agents

                                    (Speakers: Drs. John Marohn (Chair), Dikoma Shungu, Shankar Vallabhajosula)

10:15 - 10:30      Coffee break

10:30 - 11:30      Snapshot Talks-Session #3: Imaging agents and potential applications

                                    (Speakers: Drs. Ulrich Wiesner (Chair), Hening Lin, Dan Luo, and Jun Wu (Dr. Chu's lab member))

11:30 - 12:30      Breakout Sessions on the morning's presentation

12:30 - 1:30        Lunch for registered participants & informal networking (231 Phillips Hall)

1:30 - 2:30         Snapshot Talks-Session #4: Tracking cells and cellular responses

                                    (Speakers: Drs. Timothy Hla (Chair), Cynthia reinhart-King, Maureen Lane, David Holowka)

2:30 - 3:45         Snapshot Talks-Session #5: Imaging therapies and technologies

                                    (Speakers: Drs. Stephen Wong (Chair), Chris Schaffer, Jack Freed, Yi Wang, Douglas Ballon)

3:45 - 4:45         Coffee and breakout Sessions on the afternoon's presentations

4:45 - 5:30          Panel Discussion & Summary of Project Ideas

5:45pm               Bus departure (boxed dinners provided for Weill faculty)

Announcements for Relevant Funding Opportunities

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) fellowship for graduate students

Cornell's Biomedical Engineering (BME) Department has been awarded a four-year grant from HHMI for a graduate student program called Bringing Clinical Medicine into Biomedical Engineering. This grant provides partial support for the summer immersion term and for development of a new course for graduate students titled Core Concepts in Disease. It also provides academic-year fellowships at NIH funding levels for graduate students who are co-mentored in their research by BME faculty member(s) and clinical faculty member(s) at Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC). The application for this fellowship consists of two parts:

1) A short proposal (up to 3 pages, including figures) that follows NIH format for specific aims and research strategy, as described on pages 108 - 111 of the PHS SF424 (R&R) Adobe Forms Version B Application Guide, which can be downloaded here as a PDF.

2) Letters of support from the thesis advisor in BME and a co-mentor at WCMC. These letters should address the co-mentoring plan for the student, including the expected exposure to clinical medicine that the student, including the expected exposure to clinical medicine that the student will gain during the project.

Contact Dr. William Olbricht (wlo1/at/cornell.edu) of the BME department for more information.

NAFKI Conference on Imaging Science

The National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAFKI), a project of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine, with generous support from the W.M. Keck Foundation, is seeking candidates to apply for this year's conference on Imaging Science. NAFKI conferences bring together some of the nation's best and brightest researchers from academic, industrial, and government laboratories to explore and discover interdisciplinary connections in important areas of cutting-edge research.

This year's conference will be held November 16 - 19, 2010 in Irvinne, California. The NAFKI Steering Committee on Imgaing Science will review all applications and select approximately 100 attendees. Following the conference, nearly $1 million in seed grant monies will be available to participants on a competitive basis in the amounts of $25,000 - $100,000. NAFKI will pay for all expenses related to particpants' travel to and from the conference and meals and lodging during the conference. Anyone with interest in Imaging Science is encouraged to apply to attend. The application process will close on April 14 at 3:00 p.m. (Pacific Time). In the interest of fairness, late applications will not be accepted.

Additional information about the conference, including the online application, is available by clicking here.


National Institutes of Health Common Fund Programs in Molecular Librarires and Imaging

The Imaging Probe Development Center (IPDC)

Background and Mission: The IPDC is dedicated to the production of new imaging probes for the intramural NIH research community, although plans to extend this service to the extramural community are being considered. The center works on requests for imaging probes, most of which are not commercially available. The IPDC serves scientists from the intramural community who would otherwise be limited in their investigations of promising new imaging probes by a lack of synthetic chemistry or radiochemistry capabilities. For more information please click here.

The Director of the IPDC, Dr. Gary L. Griffiths, has also recently published a description of the center, its mission and capabilities. For a PDF file, click here.

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