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Sustainable NanoTechnology and NanoHealth - Exploring Opportunities to MPower Maryland
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
9:00 a.m.-5:00 a.m.
University of Maryland Golf Course Clubhouse
For More Information:
Donald K. Milton, M.D., Dr. P.h.

Rapid growth in production of engineered nano-materials (ENMs) and nano-enabled products (NEPs) has created a critical need for life cycle assessment of nanomaterial environmental health and safety. A deeper understanding of the nano-bio interface is needed to design and produce nano-enabled tools and products that will enhance human health and protect our environment. The University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) campus has superb capabilities in the production and characterization of ENMs and NEPs, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus (UMB) has a Center for Nanomedicine focused on developing pharmacologically and diagnostically important uses of ENMs. But, exploring medical applications of ENMs does not address the need for evaluation of environmental health and safety risks of material developed for other purposes.

UMD and UMB have important strengths in ENMs, in environmental health, environmental science, and medicine – but have not coalesced them around this emerging issue.

This symposium will bring together faculty from UMD and UMB with representatives of funding agencies and a small number of leading outside experts to review the state of the field and the potential for a UMD – UMB center to take a leading role. The output of the symposium will be a strategic vision and a network of University of Maryland colleagues and collaborators to lead the University in sustainable nanotechnology and nanohealth.

This symposium will address the following key questions:
•    What areas are ripe for development?
•    What is the funding landscape?
•    What investments are needed?
•    What are the strategic opportunities for the University of Maryland?


•    Welcome: Patrick O’Shea, Vice President for Research, University of Maryland College Park
•    Keynote: Major health and safety questions and research needs for development of sustainable nanotechnology, Philip Demokritou, Director of Harvard Center for Nanotechnology and Nanotoxicology
•    The Outlook for Sustainable Nanotechnology in the 21st Century, Sally Tinkle, Research Scientist, Science and Technology Policy Institute, former Deputy Director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office of the National Science and Technology Council
•    Panel on Federal Research and the Funding Landscape

  • William Heetderks, Associate Director for Science Programs, NIBIB
  • Jed Costanza, Office of Chief Scientist, FDA
  • David Balshaw, Division of Extramural Research and Training, NIEHS
  • Treye Thomas, Leader, Chemical Hazards Program, Office of Hazard Identification and Reduction, CPSC
  • Maria Doa, Director of Chemical Control Division, EPA (invited)
  • Robert Fireovid, National Program Leader - Bioproducts and Biorefining at USDA-ARS (invited)
  • Barbara Karn, Environmental Health and Safety of Nanotechnology Program, NSF (invited)

•    Case studies: How UMD research, IP, and faculty driven technology would be strengthened by a center for nanohealth and safety and sustainable nanotechnology. Michael Zachariah, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Zhihong Nie, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
•    Breakout Group Discussion – What are our strengths, challenges, needs and opportunities:

  • Materials synthesis for developing sustainable nanotechnology and nanomedicine
  • Exposure science, human studies, and risk assessment for nanotechnology
  • Predictive nanotoxicology, both in vitro models and in vivo studies

•    Summary of breakout groups
•    Organizing the way forward

Planning Committee:
•    Chair: Donald K. Milton, MD, DrPH – Professor & Director, Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health, School of Public Health, University of Maryland
•    Philip Demokritou, PhD – Associate Professor & Director, Harvard Center for Nanotechnology and Nanotoxicology, Harvard School of Public Health
•    Zhihong Nie, PhD – Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of Maryland
•    Sanjay Rajagopalan, MD – Melvin Sharoky Professor in Cardiovascular Medicine, University of Maryland
•    Michael Zachariah, PhD – Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Maryland

Venue: The University of Maryland Golf Course Clubhouse is located at intersection of 193 and Stadium Drive (GPS coordinates: 38.990987,-76.954399)

This Event is For: Clark School • Graduate • Undergraduate • Faculty • Staff • Post-Docs • Corporate

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