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Cancer Nanotechnology (GRS)
Gordon-Kenan Research Seminar

Science, Engineering, and Translational Research in Cancer Nanotechnology


June 17-18, 2017


Mount Snow
West Dover, VT Site Information


Alexander A. Kislukhin & Adriana Avila

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by May 20, 2017. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

GRS Speaker Abstract Deadline: Although applications will be accepted until the date noted above, any applicants who wish to be considered for an oral presentation should submit their application by March 17, 2017. Please refer to the application instructions in the Meeting Description section below for more details (if available).

Meeting Description


The Gordon Research Seminar on Cancer Nanotechnology, held for the first time in 2017, will bring together graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

Cancer nanotechnology is a complex discipline that is fueled by the latest advances in basic chemistry and biology. Translating fundamental science and innovative engineering solutions into new clinical options requires a coordinated effort of diverse group of of researchers. This unique forum will feature outstanding research by early career scientists across the continuum of cancer research.

Application Instructions

The meeting will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.

The Chairs will select speakers from abstracts submitted by March 17, 2017. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Deadline section above.

Related Meeting

This GRS will be held in conjunction with the "Cancer Nanotechnology" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRC in addition to an application for the GRS. Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmNew Delivery Strategies for Anticancer Therapies
Discussion Leader: Nathan Gianneschi (University of California, San Diego, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:05 pmElizabeth Wayne (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA)
"Macrophage-Mediated Gene Delivery to the Tumor Microenvironment"
4:05 pm - 4:10 pmDiscussion
4:10 pm - 4:25 pmNitzan Krinsky (Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel)
"Protein-Producing Particles for On-Site Drug Delivery"
4:25 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmNew Anticancer Nanomaterials / Keynote Session: Spherical Nucleic Acids as a Powerful New Platform to Develop Cancer Vaccines
Discussion Leader: Emily Day (University of Delaware, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmSumit Dadhwal (University of Otago, New Zealand)
"Bioorthogonal Triggered Responsive Polymersomes for Anticancer Drug Delivery"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmJulius Mueller (Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Germany)
"Controlling the Protein Corona of Nanoparticles by Coating Their Surface with Tunable Surfactants"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmChad Mirkin (Northwestern University, USA)
"Spherical Nucleic Acids as a Powerful New Platform to Develop Cancer Vaccines"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amCancer Nanomedicines: From Bench to Clinic
Discussion Leader: Kurt Breitenkamp (Exponent, Inc., USA)
9:00 am - 9:20 amAnna Brown (Oregon State University, USA)
"Radiation Dose Enhancing Nanoparticles: Designing for Efficacy"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amDesiree Van Haute (U.S. Food and Drug Administration, USA)
"Development of Robust Asymmetric Field Flow Fractionation Methods for the Comparison of Innovator and Generic Liposomal Nanomedicines in Oncology"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amWeijia Wang (Moderna Therapeutics, USA)
"Specific Delivery of mRNA to Tumors via Different Routes of Administrations"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amZvi Yaari (Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Israel)
"Theranostic Barcoded Nanoparticles for Personalized Cancer Medicine"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmVisualization and Modeling of Disease and Treatment Outcomes
Discussion Leader: Alexander Kislukhin (SomaLogic, USA)
1:30 pm - 1:50 pmStefan Wilhelm (University of Toronto, Canada)
"Analysis of Nanoparticle Targeting to Solid Tumors"
1:50 pm - 2:00 pmDiscussion
2:00 pm - 2:20 pmKim Tsoi (University of Toronto, Canada)
"Mechanism of Hard Nanomaterial Clearance by the Liver"
2:20 pm - 2:30 pmDiscussion
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes

Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 1R13CA213845-01 from the National Cancer Institute. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
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