Nanotechnology in Medicine II: Bridging Translational in vitro and in vivo Interfaces

An ECI Conference Series

June 5-9, 2018
Grande Real Santa Eulalia Hotel
Albufeira, Portugal

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About This Conference

Following the success of the first two ECI conferences on nanotechnology in biology and medicine (Nanotechnology for the Study of Cellular and Molecular Interactions in 2009; Nanotechnology in Medicine: From Molecules to Humans in 2016), we set out to continue the series on Nanotechnology in Medicine with this third edition (2018).

Nanotechnology is increasingly prominent in medicine for various applications ranging from evaluation of cellular and molecular interactions determining drug efficacy 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; and micro/nano-fluidic chips mimicking physiological features of the innate environment. Despite its enormous promise, only a few nanotechnology platforms have seen clinical utility. A key limit to translation is the lack of mechanistic understanding, at multiple scales, of the integrated molecular, cellular, tissue-level, and higher order interactions of these technologies within the complex biological systems of health vs. disease.

The ECI Nanotechnology in Medicine II conference will expand upon the mission of its predecessor by providing a diverse and broadened platform to (i) deepen mechanistic understanding of the interactions and responses of nanotechnologies within biological systems at multiple scales; and (ii) exploit this understanding to generate highly effective nanotechnologies for the early detection, imaging, and treatment of human diseases.

In the present edition, the conference theme will focus on the challenges in design and integration of effective platforms for nanotechnology evaluation, ranging from cellular and subcellular analyses, to cell culture environments and 3D models of the cell niche, to lab-on-a-chip systems for analyzing interactions between multiple tissue or organ systems. To this end, we will increase the scope of the conference by adding new sessions underlining the exciting field of in vitro microfluidics as a tool to mimic physiological processes and thereby accelerate translation of nanotechnologies. A dedicated session on this topic will also serve as a timely venue to highlight a Special Issue to appear in the journal Biomicrofluidics (American Institute of Physics).

The conference aims to bring together a broad range of scientists covering the interdisciplinary fields of biology, chemical and bioengineering, material science, physics, and others. Moreover, the conference will devote a dedicated ‘industry session’ where selected companies will have an opportunity to give oral presentations in an effort to bridge academic research and industrial R&D.

Overall, the third chapter of this conference series will help to further discussions among the interdisciplinary nanotechnology in medicine community, while also fostering the development of new, synergistic collaborations between academic and industrial scientists.


  • Design Advances in Nanomaterials and Nanotheranostics
  • The Cell Niche: Models and Mechanisms
  • Microfluidic In Vitro Platforms
  • Industry Session
  • Materials-Biology Interface

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Plenary Speakers

     Milica Radosic, PhD,
University of Toronto, Canada




     Melody Swartz, PhD,
University of Chicago, USA




Keynote Speakers

Ashutosh Chilkoti, PhD
Duke University, USA

Roger Kamm, PhD
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Pere Santamaria, PhD
University of Calgary, Canada

Shyni Varghese, PhD
Duke University

Ernst Wagner, PhD
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany

Conference Organization

Conference Chairs:

     Millicent Sullivan, PhD
University of Delaware, USA



     Josué Sznitman, Dr. Sc.
Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Israel




Conference Co-Chairs:

     Lola Eniola-Adefeso, PhD
University of Michigan, USA




     Srivatsan Kidambi, PhD
University of Nebraska – Lincoln, USA






Conference Liaison:

     Joye Bramble, PhD
Morphotek Inc., USA




Abstract Submission

One-page abstracts should be submitted as soon as possible and no later than the deadlines noted below.  The abstract should include both the significance of the research as well as results that will be discussed to allow a scientific assessment of the work by the organizers. Please indicate if the abstract is for an oral or poster presentation. Only a limited number of oral presentation slots are available.  Thus all submissions for oral presentations will be considered for both oral and poster.

Deadline for abstracts for oral presentations:                     February 15, 2018
Deadline for abstracts for poster presentations:                February 15, 2018

Please prepare your abstract according to this template: docx or doc.

All abstracts should be submitted electronically and submissions must follow the template provided at this link.

There will be a poster competition for the Best Student Poster and Best Overall Poster.

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Conference Venue

Situated in the extreme south of Portugal, the Algarve was the final piece of territory to be conquered from the Moors by the Portuguese King Dinis in 1292. Traces of Moorish presence are still seen in its architecture – terraces, chimneys and whitewashed houses. The name Albufeira has its etymological root in the Arabic, a result from the maritime trade relations with North Africa. Al-Buhera means “Sea Castle,” which may reflect the existence of a fort in the region. The great 1755 Lisbon earthquake destroyed the town of Albufeira, destroying activity which was only resumed in the mid- 19th century. For years the export of fish and several nuts were the main economic sources of the region. Tourist activity arose in the 1960s.

The Algarve, known for its idyllic beaches and ideal temperatures, is just three hours from Lisbon by motorway. In the northern part of the Algarve, the hills of Espinhaço de Cão, Monchique and Serra do Caldeirão shelter the coast from strong winds. This brightly colored region, with its fig and carob trees, orange groves and almond trees in blossom complement the rich green vegetation and fertile land so characteristic of the whole of the northern Algarve. In strong contrast with the north, the southern Algarve is a coastal zone with long stretches of sandy beach, separated by extraordinary rugged cliffs and fantastic grottoes.

The town of Albufeira is a cosmopolitan town rich in historical and cultural sites. Notable attractions include the 19th Century Clock Tower (a symbol of the city), and the charming 18th Century parish church built in neo-classical style. The remains of one of the towers of the old Castle Wall can be explored as can the Arch of the Travessa da Igreja Velha, a beautiful example of Arab architecture.

Other nearby places of interest include Castro Marim (one can visit the dirt-built Castle), the Old Town of Faro, the Ilhas da Ria Formosa (National Park), the old town of Lagos with its old slave market, Loulé, Paderne (last Moorish castle ruin – one of the battlements featured on the Portuguese flag), Vila do Bispo, Sagres (the western most point of Europe and strongest lighthouse in Europe), and Silves where one can visit the medieval castle and old Moorish town.

The following web sites contain useful information:

Tourism Links:

Tourism in Portugal          Tourism in Albufeira          Tourism in Algarve 

Weather:  High temperatures in the Algarve at this time of year (June) average around 25°C (77°F), and the lows are about 17°C (63°F).  Bring appropriate clothing and sun protection.  Keep in mind that you may want a sweater, as conference rooms tend to be chilly at the beginning of the

Conference Hotel:  The conference will be held at the Grande Real Santa Eulalia Hotel in Albufeira, Algarve, Portugal. The resort has state of the art conference facilities and has hosted numerous meetings. It boasts 1,500 square meters of meeting space, including a large ballroom area, five breakout rooms, a business centre and two large foyers. The hotel offers free wireless internet in the conferences area and guest rooms. There is a Thalasso Spa with a fitness room, sauna and heated indoor interactive swimming pool, four tennis courts, and four outdoor heated swimming pools (including a salt water pool). A small gift shop is on site. Dry cleaning and laundry services are available. Family amenities include a children’s pool, babysitting and supervised activities. Parking is free. There is direct access to the Santa Eulalia beach and multiple golf courses in the area. The hotel is also a short distance from Maria Luisa Beach and Oura Beach.

The bedrooms have satellite television, air conditioning, climate control, safes and minibars.


The Municipality of Albufeira lies on the southern coast of Portugal, in the Algarve. As a tourist destination, Albufeira offers good air, rail and road links. The nearest airport is Faro International Airport, 35Km from Albufeira, which is served by various national and international links.

The Algarve is served by two main roads which extend parallel along the southern coast, the A22 Motorway (Castro Marim to Vila do Bispo) and the National Road 125 (Vila Real de Sto. António to Sagres), both passing close to Albufeira, linking it with Faro.

The road link between Albufeira and Lisbon is the A2 SUL Motorway and by the IP1, and the rail link is the Lisbon-Faro line. The nearest train station is 11Km from the hotel.

The hotel offers a free shuttle to Albufeira.

Transportation from the Faro Airport (FAO) to the Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort in Albufeira

The distance from the Faro Airport to Albufeira is approximately 46 km and the transfer takes about 40 minutes.

There are numerous transportation choices available including rental cars, taxis, limousines, shared shuttles and buses.

We do not recommend local buses – the trip is longer and the bus will not drop you off at the hotel and you will need a taxi for the last part of the journey. The local bus will pass through the airport approximately every 30 minutes.  You will first be transported to the Faro Bus Station at Faro City and then you will need to check the schedule for your next bus. (Note that on weekends buses are not as frequently available as during the week.)  This local bus only goes to the bus station, which is a mile (1.6km) from Albufeira.  A transfer to another bus is then necessary for the tourist hotel areas and old town; however the same ticket can be used. Note that the last bus from Faro to the Albufeira station is at 7:40 pm on weekdays and 6:45 on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

Shared shuttles are available One of the companies offering shared shuttles is Shuttle Direct.  Choose your language and currency to get a quotation (for both a private transfer and a shared shuttle).  Use FAO as the airport and Grande Hotel Santa Eulalia as the destination. Frequently you will need to wait in line to board the vehicle.  You will travel through the Algarve with multiple stops until you reach your destination.

Pre-booked Private Transfers This is usually your best choice as you pre-book your transfer online, insert your personal information and your flight details. On the day of your arrival a driver will be waiting for you at Faro Airport arrival’s hall with a sign with your name on it.  Some of the vendors are:

Sun Transfers offers both private car and minibus transfers.  If you are travelling with several companions, this might be worth considering.

Faro Airport Transfers provides fixed rates for private transfers.  The driver meets you at the arrivals hall and guides you to your assigned transfer vehicle, which may vary from an estate car for 4 passengers to a mini-bus which holds 19 passengers.

Local Taxis – Local taxis are exactly the same as some of the pre-booked transfers as they will transport you directly to the hotel, with no extra stops.  The inconvenience of getting this type of transfer is that they are much more expensive than a pre-booked transfer.  The taxis are metered.

By Train:  For specific train times & bookings, please consult official train site :

Please note that the earliest train from Albufeira / Ferreiras train station to Lisbon is at 06H55 (am), due to arrive in Lisbon – Gare Orient ( near Lisbon Airport ) at approx 09H55 (am).

For more detailed information, check the Faro Airport Guide.

Transportation from the Lisbon Airport.

Conference Fees and Registration

Conference Fee Estimates

All fees listed below are estimates and may fluctuate due to changes in currency exchange rates or changes to the conference schedule. Final fees will be posted when the preliminary program is available.

All conference fees are inclusive. They include registration, accommodations (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights), all meals with the exception of one dinner, excursion, taxes, and gratuities from the welcome reception and dinner on Tuesday through breakfast on Saturday. Incidental fees (telephone calls, faxes, spa, laundry, etc.) are billed to your personal account by the hotel.

The ESTIMATED conference fees are:

Participant (single occupancy or sharing room with a guest; guest fee additional) US $2,135.00
Participant (sharing a room with another participant) US $1,835.00
Graduate Student (sharing a room with another student) US $1,420.00

General Information about ECI

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.

The format of the weeklong research conference provides morning and late afternoon or evening sessions in which major presentations are made. Available time is included during the afternoons for ad hoc meetings, informal discussions, and/or recreation. This format is designed to enhance rapport among participants and promote dialogue on the development of the meeting. We believe that the conferences have been instrumental in generating ideas and disseminating information to a greater extent than is possible through more conventional forums.

All participants are expected both to attend the entire conference and to contribute actively to the discussions. The recording of lectures and presentations is forbidden. As ECI conferences take place in an informal atmosphere, casual clothing is the usual attire.

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