[Blueboard] Seminar on Nanosafety and Nanomedicine

Dr. Fabian M. Dayrit fdayrit at ateneo.edu
Thu Jan 12 14:00:32 PHT 2012

Please post. Thanks!

You are cordially invited to a lecture on:

Computational approaches to enhance nanosafety and nanomedicine

Prof. Eduardo R. Mendoza, PhD
Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Munich & University of the Philippines

Jan 20, 2012 (Friday), 4:30 ? 6:00 pm
Ateneo de Manila University, Chemistry Department, Schmitt Hall, C109

In 2009, over 800 products were claimed to contain nanosilver, whose  
risk potential for health and environment is the subject of a heated  
debate [1]. With the increasing use of nanoparticles in food  
processing, filtration/purification and consumer products, as well as  
the huge potential of their use in nanomedicine, a quantitative  
understanding of the effects of nanoparticle uptake and transport is  
needed. This talk will discuss the importance of computational methods  
in a multidisciplinary approach to understand the complex bio-nano  
interactions. These include  recent developments in "nanoinformatics"  
[2] - an emerging discipline analogous to "bioinfomatics" - and the  
beginnings of a "Systems Nanomedicine" which uses systems biology  
approaches [3, 4].  Both computational areas offer opportunities for  
Filipinos to engage in collaborative, cutting edge research in this  
impactful field.

[1] Wijnhoven SWP et al. Nano-silver ? a review of available data and  
knowledge gaps in human and environmental risk assessment.  
Nanotoxicology, June 2009 3(2), 109-138.
  [2] National Nanoinformatics Network. Nanoinformatics 2020 Roadmap  
(April 2011). Downloadable from  
[3] Thomas DG et al. Informatics and Standards for nanomedicine  
technology (June 2011), Wiley Online Library. Downloadable from:  
[4] Dobay MPD, Alberola AP, Mendoza ER, Rädler JO. Modeling  
nanoparticle uptake and intracellular distributions, 2011 (submitted  
to Journal of Nanoparticle Research)

Speaker Info:
Ed Mendoza studied mathematics at Ateneo de Manila, Heidelberg  
University and Bonn University. After spending 22 years in the  
software industry, his interest in the dynamics of complex systems and  
systems biology led to a move back to academe in October 2002. He has  
since co-authored over 25 ISI publications, is a co-editor of a recent  
  book on ?Systems Biology and Psychiatric Research? (Wiley-Blackwell  
2010) and a Section Editor of an upcoming ?Encyclopedia of Systems  
Biology? (Springer 2012).
He is an Adjunct Professor in Mathematics and Computer Science at the  
University of the Philippines in Diliman, Los Baños and Manila. He is  
currently a Visiting Scientist at the Max Planck Institute of  
Biochemistry in Munich and can be contacted at mendoza at biochem.mpg.de.

Dr. Fabian M. Dayrit
Dean, School of Science & Engineering
Professor, Department of Chemistry
Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights
1108 Quezon City, Philippines

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 154, Manila Central Post Office
0917 Manila, Philippines

Tel: (632) 426-6001 ext 5600
Fax: (632) 426-5985
Email: fdayrit at ateneo.edu

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