2020 MRS Spring Meeting

Call for Papers

In March of this year, MRS leadership made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 MRS Spring Meeting in Phoenix for the safety and well-being our members, attendees, staff and the materials community, and to reschedule as much of the program as possible into a special 2020 Joint MRS Spring and Fall Meeting.

This one-time-only joint event will take place in Boston, from Saturday, November 28 through Friday, December 4—expanding by one day to provide programming capacity. The program flow for each symposium is under development and will be announced in early July.

Symposium SM01-Organ-on-a-Chip—Toward Personalized Precision Medicine

Miniaturization techniques ushered by nanotechnology have resulted in engineering new concepts and applications in cell biology. This trend has inspired the cell architects to conceive novel ideas. One such incredible device architecture is an organ-on-chip (OOC). Essentially, OOC attempts to fulfill the long sought desire of researchers who have imagined to recreate tissues and organs by etching grooves on silicon or plastic wafers to engineer a microenvironment that mimics the complex and physiological conditions in real organs. 3D extracellular matrix and multicellular spheroids are used to study the diverse functionality in human body with biomedical, chemical, pharmaceutical and environmental perspectives. All these methods serve as indispensable tools to investigate biological processes at cellular and tissue levels through controllable environment in vitro, but these models fall short to recapture the complex physiological functions of an organ. Ultimately in vivo methods involving animal models are exclusive choice to emulate and predict human responses to antigens, drugs or chemicals. However, they still have a few pitfalls like high cost, long study duration, ethical aspects, and its inability to foresee human response quite often that lowers the credibility of the animal testing. OOC allows the integration, automation and parallelization of biochemical processes apart from the miniaturization aspect. Organ on a Chip: Towards Personalized Medicine MRS Spring 2020 brings together physicians, basic scientists, point of care devices mimicking organs like pancreas, material science, microfluidics, biomedical and pharmaceutical companies, Federal agencies - FDA, Center for Disease Control, in a single forum.

Topics will include:

  • Advancing Oligonucleotides Based Therapeutics; Challenges and Resent Advancements
  • Microfluidics , Device Fabrication, 2, 3 D Nanomaterials , Graphene and beyond, Tissue Engineering, Bio-nano interface, Elastic tissues, Cytotoxicity,, Pancreas, Kidney, Liver OOC, Regulatory aspects of Artificial Organs
  • 2D and 3D Nanomaterials Graphene and beyond Tissue Engineering Transplant Medicine Point of Care Devices Biosensors Microfluidics Cytotoxicity Artificial Pancreas, Liver, Kidney, Heart Valves
  • A tutorial complementing this symposium is tentatively planned.

Invited Speakers:

  • Venkata Krishnamurthy (AstraZeneca, USA)
  • Pulickel Ajayan (Rice University, USA)
  • Niren Murthy (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
  • Mukeesh Harisinghami (Harvard Medical School, USA )
  • Muthiah Manoharan (Alynlam Pharmaceuticals, USA)
  • Rachelle Pranti-Baun (Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard University, USA )
  • Martin Egli (Vanderbilt University, USA)
  • Kiana Arun (Keck Graduate Institute, USA)
  • Satheesh Babu (Amrita School of Engineering, India)
  • Junhong Chen- (The University of Chicago, USA)
  • Steven Dowdy (UCSD School of Medicine, USA)
  • Mehdi Nikkhah (Arizona State University, USA)
  • Jonathan Himmelfarb (University of Washington, USA)
  • Sangita Bhatia (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Jairam R. Eswara (St. Elizabeth Medical Center, USA)
  • Dongeun Huh (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
  • Xingyu Jiang (Southern University of Science and Technology, China)
  • Ken-ichiro Kamei (Kyoto University, Japan)
  • Dinesh Katti (North Dakota State University, USA)
  • Kalpana Katti (North Dakota State University, USA)
  • Ali Khademhosseini (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)
  • Anil Kumar (Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum, India)
  • Bingchen Lin (Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
  • Bansi Malhotra (Delhi Technological University, India)
  • Surya Mallapragada (Iowa State University, USA)
  • Vivekanandan Palaninathan (Toyo University, Japan)
  • Ramasamy Paulmurugan (Stanford University, USA)
  • Shoji Takeuchi (Tokyo University, Japan)
  • H Cumhur Tekin (Izmir Institute of Technology, Turkey)
  • Xiuli Zhang (Soochow University, China)

Symposium Organizers

Venkatesan Renugopalakrishnan
Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School and Northeastern University
Chemistry, Center for Renewable Energy Technology

Nasim Annabi
University of California, Los Angeles
8572465054, nannabi@ucla.edu

D. Sakthi Kumar
Toyo University
+81 90 9964-7605, drsakthi@gmail.com

Dorian Liepmann
University of California, Berkeley
6173558353, liepmann@berkeley.edu

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