Sri Sridhar, Distinguished Professor and Chair in the Physics Department at Northeastern University, will give the keynote address at the 2009 Conference on Materials and Processes for Medical Devices (MPMD), organized by ASM International, the materials information society.
In "Nanoplatforms for Nanomedicine," Sridhar will describe biocompatible nanomaterials as a key component of a novel approach to addressing the major problems of modern medicine. "A variety of nanoplatforms have emerged that have resulted in dramatic developments in imaging, early diagnosis and targeted delivery of therapeutics," he said.
Sridhar's presentation, supported by the National Cancer Institute and the National Science Foundation, will describe current leading-edge research and the potential it holds for product development and patient outcome.
The MPMD event, to be held Aug. 10-12 in Minneapolis, is the only medical devices conference and exposition that brings together materials scientists and engineers, metallurgists, product designers, researchers and clinicians, according to Jeremy Gilbert, Ph.D. of Syracuse University chair of the MPMD organizing committee. Information about the MPMD Conference is available at www.asminternational.org/meddevices.
The event brings together the world's foremost experts from academia, industry, and national laboratories involved in cardiac, vascular, neurological and GI implants, orthopaedic implants, dental devices and surgical instrumentation/devices. Materials covered include biomedical alloys (stainless steels, Ti alloys, Co-Cr alloys, Ni-Ti alloys, noble and refractory metals), biopolymers, bioceramics, surface coatings, and nanomaterials.
To fill the knowledge gap between the innovators who design medical devices and the engineers who best understand materials and their capabilities, ASM International launched its Materials & Processes for Medical Devices (MPMD) initiative in 2003.
The growing need for reliable materials information by the medical devices community has resulted in a growing number of new events and services, including the Materials for Medical Devices Database, MPMD seminars and the MPMD Conference. For more information about MPMD, visit www.asminternational.org/mpmd.