The small-big breakthroughs
- World’s top researchers in Singapore to discuss breakthroughs in nanomedicine
- New international awards recognise three outstanding researchers from Northwestern University, NTU and Harvard University
An international symposium held for the first time in Singapore will see leading experts in nanomedicine discussing the latest breakthroughs and challenges in this interdisciplinary field, as well as prospects in implementing nanotechnology innovations into biological research and its clinical practice.
Wiley-VCH, the publisher of Small, a globally-renowned top journal on nanotechnology, has partnered one of the world’s fastest rising universities, the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), to organise the symposium themed ‘Frontiers in Nanomedicine’ from 10 to 12 December.
The event is part of NTU’s efforts to strengthen its foray into nanomedicine, an important and emerging sub-discipline under the nanotechnology umbrella. It is driven by the clinical application of nanotechnology, which is applied in diagnosing, treating, preventing diseases, relieving pain, and improving human health.
“We are delighted to partner the Nanyang Technological University in organising this symposium. Wiley-VCH, through Small, brings to the partnership a robust publishing background in nano- and microscale science. The interest in nanotechnology and nanomedicine is ever-growing, as scientists and organisations recognise the benefits of deploying such technologies. The increasing number of submissions to Small is testament to this,” said Dr Jose Oliveira, Editor-in-Chief of Small. “Our readers and contributors have used Small as a forum to evoke debate, promote discourse and inspire discovery. We hope this symposium brings the debate and discussion to an even higher level.”
The symposium covers all aspects of the application of nanotechnology in biology and biomedicine, including nano-bio interface, bioimaging and diagnostics, drug-delivery systems, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, cancer therapies, biomedical devices, and nanosafety.
“With a growing research profile, NTU is creating a name internationally in fields such as advanced materials, biomedical engineering, clean energy, nanotechnology and other evolving sciences,” said Professor Freddy Boey, Provost of NTU. “Under the National Research Foundation's Competitive Research Programme funding scheme, NTU bagged 15 out of 33 grants worth up to S$10 million each, proving we are well-poised to tackle these various research areas.”
New international awards launched
The symposium will also see the launch of the Chad A. Mirkin Medal for Nanoscience and Nanomedicine and the Small Young Innovator Award.
The Chad A. Mirkin Medal for Nanoscience and Nanomedicine, which recognises outstanding and creative contributions to fundamental discoveries or innovations in these broad fields, is awarded to Professor Mark Ratner, Dumas Professor at Northwestern University for his seminal contributions to the concept and study of molecular electronics.
The award is named after Professor Mirkin, who is listed by Thomson Reuters as the most cited chemist in the world. He is also a member of United States President Barack Obama's Council of Advisors for Science and Technology, an eminent group of the nation’s leading scientists and engineers who directly advise the President.
The Small Young Innovator Award recognises outstanding, interdisciplinary scientific work in the development and fundamental understanding of nanoscience and nanotechnology by a young scientist or engineer, below the age of 45.
The inaugural award is presented to Professor Ali Khademhosseini, from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Cambridge, USA and Professor Hua Zhang from NTU’s School of Materials Science and Engineering.
The award recognises Professor Ali Khademhosseini’s significant breakthroughs in the application of micro/nanotechnology to biomaterials and tissue engineering, while Professor Hua Zhang is recognised for his important contributions to novel low-dimensional nanomaterials.
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A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, and Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences. In 2013, NTU will enrol the first batch of students at its new medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, which is set up jointly with Imperial College London.
NTU is also home to four world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre on Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI), Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) and Institute on Asian Consumer Insight (ACI).
A fast-growing university with an international outlook, NTU is putting its global stamp on Five Peaks of Excellence: Sustainable Earth, Future Healthcare, New Media, New Silk Road, and Innovation Asia.
Besides the main Yunnan Garden campus, NTU also has a satellite campus in Singapore’s science and tech hub, one-north and is setting up a third campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.
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