Medical Engineering Special Seminar

Thursday March 2, 2017 4:00 PM

Nano-inspired Devices for Highly Sensitive Detection and Therapy of Brain Diseases

Speaker: Hamed Arami, PhD, Radiology, Stanford
Location: Annenberg 105
Abstract: Neuroscience and neuro-oncology are growing rapidly, exploring unknown mechanisms in development of various brain diseases, such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), schizophrenia, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis (MS), depression, migraines and various types of spontaneous glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). Nanomedicine, on the other hand, suggests novel applications for ultrasensitive diagnosis and effective therapy of different types of diseases. Despite all the advances in both fields, there is still a gap between these two branches of science. Interdisciplinary knowledge of novel medical devices, nanoparticles physics and chemistry and brain sciences are required to develop optimized platforms with efficient diagnostic and therapeutic functionalities in brain microenvironment, especially at different stages of neural diseases. In this lecture, I will first introduce recent pre-clinical and clinical progresses in two novel and highly sensitive diagnostic technologies, which are based on magnetic or optical responses of nanoparticles in body. Then, I will discuss how these technologies can be utilized to pave the ways toward breakthrough discoveries and clinical applications in brain sciences.

Biography: Hamed Arami is a NIH (T32) post-doctoral fellow at Stanford Cancer Imaging Training (SCIT) program. He is working in Dr. Gambhir's laboratory, investigating advancements at the interface of nanomedicine, medical devices and cancer diagnosis and therapy. He received his Dual PhD in 2015, in Materials Science (MSE) and Nanotechnology and Molecular Engineering (NTME) from University of Washington, in Dr. Krishnan's lab. He received Materials Research Society (MRS) Graduate Students and NSF Future Faculty awards in 2016 and 2013. He was also recognized as a Distinguished Young Scholar by Department of Chemical Engineering at University of Washington in 2016. His research interests are development and clinical translation of innovative and highly sensitive biomedical devices and using advanced technologies for diagnosis and targeted therapy of diseases, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.
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