Nanotechnology in Medicine: From Molecules to Humans

An ECI Conference

July 3-7, 2016
Schloss Herrnstein
Herrnstein, Austria

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About This Conference

Synopsis:  Nanotechnology is prominent in medicine for various applications that span use in understanding cellular and molecular interactions to the downstream development of technologies for disease characterization, detection and treatment.  A few examples include systemically injectable nanoparticles for the targeted delivery of multiple therapeutic and contrast agents; multi-scale hierarchically-complex implants for the regeneration of bone and soft tissues; micro/nano-fluidic chips resembling the authentic architecture and biology of real organs. Despite the high promise of nanotechnology, only a few of these technologies generated have made it to clinical utility. It is likely that the limited translation of nanotechnology-based interventions to date is also due to the lack of mechanistic understanding of cellular and molecular interactions of these technologies owing to the complexity of biological systems in health and diseases.

We envision the ECI Nanotechnology in Medicine conference to provide a platform to aid in the mechanistic understanding of cellular and molecular interactions/responses induced by nanotechnologies and the exploitation of these understandings to generate highly effective nanotechnologies for the early detection, imaging and treatment of human diseases.  The conference will bring together biologists, materials scientists, physicists, engineers and clinical scientists.

Session Topics (as currently envisioned)

  • Nano/microparticles for diagnostics and therapeutics
  • Nano/microtechnology for study of cellular and molecular dynamics
  • Nanotechnology and translational medicine
  • Nanotechnology and biopolymer for regenerative medicine
  • Nanostructures for cell adhesion, growth, motility, and differentiation
  • Nanoscale interactions for cell, tissue and organ

Plenary Speakers

Dr. Patrick Couvreur, Paris-Sud University

Prof. Dennis Discher, University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Viola Vogel, ETH Zurich

Conference Organization

Chair:   Prof. Lola Eniola-Adefeso, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan, USA     E-mail: lolaa@umich.edu

Co-Chair: Prof. Paolo Decuzzi, Italian Institute of Technology, Italy     E-mail:   Paolo.Decuzzi@iit.it

Membership of Organizing Committee:

Joye L. Bramble, PhD, Vice President, Biopharmaceutical Development, Morphotek Inc.
Prof. Paolo Decuzzi, Italian Institute of Technology
Prof. Lola Eniola-Adefeso, University of Michigan

Abstract Submission

Deadline for abstracts for oral presentations:       Closed
Deadline for abstracts for poster presentations:     June 1, 2016

The poster board size is 1.0 meter width x 1.2 meter height.

One-page abstracts should be submitted as soon as possible and no later than the deadlines noted above.  The abstract should include both the significance of the research as well as results that will be discussed in order to allow a scientific assessment of the work by the organizers.

Abstracts should be submitted electronically:

https://ssl.linklings.net/conferences/NanoMed/

The abstract template available at the above link must be followed for an abstract to be considered for presentation.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Click HERE to view the list of sponsorship opportunities.

Conference Venue

The conference will be held at Schloss Hernstein Seminar Hotel. The hotel is situated in the wonderful Triestingtal valley, surrounded by pine forests and a carp lake. Guests can enjoy sauna, steam and fitness rooms, as well as a large indoor swimming pool. There are also several signposted routes for jogging on forest tracks starting at the hotel.

Brochure describing the history of Schloss Hernstein:          Part I                     Part II

Hernstein Castle is situated at the fringe of the Viennese Basin, in the stepped footland of the Styrian and Lower Austrian limestone alps. Its history goes back to medieval times: once the castle safeguarded the street to Berndorf Village and the valley before it. In former times the building comprised a housing unit and a chapel. It would have been very difficult to expand the building; therefore a new castle – the core of today´s castle – was built in the valley at the foot of the mountain where the old castle had been built.

After the Turkish wars this new building was expanded and in the 18th century it got a uniform facade. For a long time the castle was owned by the Habsburgs and was used as domicile by Archduke Leopold Ludwig. The renowned architect Theophil Hansen designed the castle.

Hernstein Castle is one of the largest seminar hotels in Austria and is only available to seminar participants. Therefore it ensures a tranquil atmosphere of learning and working. Hernstein Castle has 74 modern bedrooms. Room amenities include sky and satellite TV, a minibar, work desk, and wireless internet.

Travel Information

If you are driving to the conference, map and directions are provided.  Your browser can translate the page into English.

If you are not renting a car, the easiest way to get to Schloss Hernstein is to take a taxi from the airport. You can also take a train from Vienna to Leobersdorf and then a taxi to Hernstein. Be certain to print out the map and directions in case the taxi driver in Vienna is not familiar with the rural area where Schloss Hernstein is location.

Address: Seminarhotel Schloss Hernstein, Berndorfer Strasse 32, 2560 Hernstein. Telephone: +43-2633 472510

Conference Fees and Registration

Conference Fees

All conference fees are inclusive. They include registration, accommodations (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights), all meals, drinks and taxes the welcome reception on Sunday through breakfast on Thursday. Incidental fees (telephone calls, faxes, laundry, etc.) are billed to your personal account by the hotel.

ALL PARTICIPANTS (INCLUDING MEMBERS OF THE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE AND INVITED SPEAKERS) ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

The conference fees are:

Register on or before June 3, 2016 Register after June 3, 2016
Participant (single occupancy or sharing room with a guest; guest fee additional) US $1,710.00 US $1,910.00
Participant (sharing a room with another participant) US $1,560.00 US $1,760.00
Bona fide Graduate Student (sharing a room with another student) (Those in this category must send proof of current status – copy of current Student ID can be faxed to 1-212-514-6030 or emailed to Kathy@engconfintl.org) US $1,260.00 US $1,460.00
**Fees for Guest/accompanying person sharing bedroom with single occupancy participant. (Includes all meals and drinks as well as the conference excursion) US $770.00 US $770.00

If you plan to bring children to the conference, please contact ECI (info@engconfintl.org) for pricing.

Conference Registration

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If you have any questions or experience any difficulties, please email tressa@engconfintl.org.

Pre/Post Conference Registration:  If you plan to arrive before July 3 or stay after July 7, you must make separate room reservations directly with the hotel.  Go to THIS PAGE and click on the appropriate conference to access the form for the hotel.

Special Notes for Payment

We suggest that you register as soon as possible to be certain that you will have a hotel room at the conference rate.  Late registrations will be accepted on a space available basis.

All participants are encouraged to register before June 3, 2016.  There is a discounted price for registering before this date and hotel space cannot be guaranteed for registrations received after this date.  Your registration is not officially confirmed until we receive payment of the amount due.  ECI reserves the right to cancel your room registration if payment is not received. Your invoice/receipt will automatically be e-mailed upon of receipt of your registration.

Because of contractual guarantees made with the hotel for room and meal functions, no shows, late arrivals, missed meals and early departures cannot receive fee adjustments.  If you have a disability and may require accommodation in order to participate fully in this conference, please indicate this when you register. An ECI representative will contact you to discuss your specific needs. If you have special dietary requirements (e.g., vegetarian or a food allergy), please make a note on your registration.  The chef needs to know this information in advance if we are to accommodate you. ECI will attempt to accommodate special requests such as Kosher or Halal meals, but such meals may not be available at all conference sites. Any additional costs for special meal requests must be paid by the participant to ECI.

Payment must be made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Amex), check or money order drawn on a U.S. bank in U.S. dollars, payable to ENGINEERING CONFERENCES INTERNATIONAL. Checks or money orders in any other currencies are NOT ACCEPTABLE.  Payment is made on the web site except for those who are sending payment by wire transfer or have a purchase order from their company/institution.

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Cancellation Policy: Cancellation must be received by ECI in writing at least 28 days prior to the start of the conference in order for a full refund (less a processing fee) to be considered. The ECI auditors require that refunds for all conference cancellations be processed after the conference so that the necessary back-up information (e.g., hotel list of those in-house) can be attached to the refund request and ECI can verify that the hotel has not charged a cancellation fee.

Cancellation fees:

  • Cancellations received more than 28 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a processing fee of 4% of the total fee, plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
  • Cancellations received 15 – 28 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a $250 cancellation fee plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
  • Cancellations received 8 – 14 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a $500 cancellation fee plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI.
  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations received less than 7 days prior to the conference start date.
  • No refunds will be issued due to inclement weather or travel disruptions/cancellations.

Registrations can be transferred without incurring any penalty or cancellation fee.

Denied or delayed visa

If a participant is forced to cancel due to a denied or delayed entry visa, ECI will issue a full refund provided that ECI has been notified of a potential visa issue at least four weeks prior to the conference start date.

Change of payment method

If an attendee who has already paid the conference fee with a credit card requests that the fee be refunded to that card so that it can be paid in a different manner (e.g., charged to an alternate credit card, or paid via check or bank transfer), a processing fee of 4% of the total fee amount will apply.

Disclaimer

It may be necessary for reasons beyond the control of ECI to alter the content and timing of the program or the identity of the speakers. In the unfortunate circumstance that an event is cancelled, ECI is not liable for any costs incurred by participants in connection with their attendance.

Smoking is prohibited at ECI conferences and conference functions.

Should you have specific questions regarding your registration, please contact Kathy Chan (Kathy@engconfintl.org).

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Final Program

Please click HERE to view the final program and posters.

General Information

Engineering Conferences International (ECI) is a global engineering conferences program, originally established in 1962, that provides opportunities for the exploration of problems and issues of concern to engineers and scientists from many disciplines.

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