International Nanomedicine Expert to Speak on Campus

Published: Mar 1, 2006 4:09:33 PM
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Justin Hanes, an expert in nanomedicine, will deliver the 2006 Distinguished Sigma Xi Lecture on Wednesday, March 8, at 7 p.m. in the Foy Union ballroom. The talk, "Polymeric Nanopharmaceuticals: Good Things in Small (Plastic) Packages," will discuss advantages and obstacles in the field of nanomedicine, as well as how engineers, scientists and related professionals are working together to meet high expectations of the new technology. His comments will kick off the 16th annual graduate student council research forum. The university community is invited to attend.

Hanes will give a second lecture on Thursday, March 9, at 2 p.m. in 239 Broun Hall. This lecture, "Polymeric Drug and Gene Delivery in the Lungs," will discuss the use of the lungs as a more efficient delivery system for medication and gene therapy. It will be given as part of the Department of Chemical Engineering seminar program.

An associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering with joint appointments in biomedical engineering and the School of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University, Hanes has published more than 40 papers and 80 conference proceedings, and has won numerous awards and honors, including the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the Merck & Co. Junior Faculty Award, the 3M Corporation Young Faculty Award and the World's Top 100 Young Innovators and Leaders in Technology and Business award, given by the MIT Technology Review. More than 10 products are now in clinical or preclinical trials based on Hanes' and his colleagues' drug delivery particle inventions.

Hanes holds a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from UCLA and a doctorate from MIT. His current research interests focus on the development of new biomaterials to deliver bioactive molecules to specific sites on the body.

Sigma Xi is an international honor society for science and engineering. With more than 80,000 members and 500 chapters around the world, Sigma Xi provides a supportive environment for interdisciplinary research at colleges and universities, industry research centers and government laboratories. Nearly 200 members have won a Nobel Prize.