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Conference to focus on future of drug delivery

by Kukla Vera
A diverse group of high-profile investigators will speak at the conference in October.
Photo: A diverse group of high-profile investigators will speak at the conference in October.

What will the latest crop of drug delivery vehicles be like and how can we create them to be as effective as possible?

Such questions will be the focus of the Nanomedicine and Drug Delivery Symposium 2013 (NanoDDS), to be co-sponsored in October by the USC School of Pharmacy and the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of California, San Diego.

“In its 11th year, NanoDDS is the premier venue for the academic community involved in nanomedicine research,” said Assistant Professor Andrew MacKay, USC co-chair for the event. “This conference is unique in its focus on bringing together young investigators and students together with leaders in the field. With approximately 250 participants each year, this conference promotes the building of connections across individuals at all career stages.”

One of the biggest draws of this year’s symposium is the high caliber of participating speakers, who comprise a diverse group of creative, high-profile investigators. Amond the presenters: Allan Hoffman of the University of Washington and Erkki Ruoslahti of the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, among many others.

“Arguably, Dr. Ruoslahti’s work has impacted the development of targeted nanomedicines more than any other single investigator in the field,” MacKay said. “At the current time, he has more than 10 publications with more than 1,000 citations per publication.”

In addition to the wide range of talks that take place this fall, the event will also feature a keynote presentation on the development of academic innovation into successful commercial ventures, to be presented by Troy Wilson of Wellspring Biosciences.

Those who would like to submit an abstract for a poster presentation during the symposium may do so through Sept. 20. Authors of three outstanding abstracts will be invited to present their work in brief talks at the conference.

The symposium will take place Oct. 25-27 in La Jolla. To register and/or to submit an abstract, visit http://nanomedicine.ucsd.edu/education/nanodds13-details

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