Past Events

BIOCERAMICS 28:

On October 18th -21st  2016, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, North Carolina, USA hosted the 28th International conference of Ceramics in Medicine (Bioceramics 28th)  at the nearby Omni Charlotte Hotel. 

The BioCeramics 28 followed a series of previous successful conferences sponsored by various International Academic Institutes (www.ISCM.org) on the topic of Ceramics in Medicine.  The 27th Bioceramics October 2015 in Bali, Indonesia  attracted more than 200 attendees from 18 countries.  The 26th Bioceramics, October 2014 in Fukoka, Kyushu , Japan attracted more than 210 attendees from 19 countries.  The International Society for Ceramics in Medicine has more than 550 members from over 25 different countries, which positions it to garner a large international audience from both academia and industry with broad technical expertise in the area of Bioceramics.

The Bioceramics 28 attracted 125 attendees from around the world. The goals of the conference were to: (1) present trends in studies of bioceramics 3D printing that are of strategic importance to industry; (2) facilitate a sharing of scientific understanding on the formation and consequences of surface coating and characterization; (3) discuss case studies related to clinical applications of load bearing and non-load bearing bioceramics (4) identify and address the industrial needs/applications related to Bioceramics.  This will be accomplished through keynote presentations from academia and industry, technical paper presentations, poster presentations and industrial exhibits.

The next bioceramics conference will take place in France. For more information please visit the conference official website at http://www.bioceramics29.com/


CBES Retreat 2016

CBES held it's annual retreat and graduate student poster competition on Friday, April 29, 2016 from 11:45am-5:00pm at UNC Charlotte's Center City Building.

The CBES Retreat provided attendees with ample opportunities to network with colleagues from UNC Charlotte, Levine Cancer Institute, OrthoCarolina, Cannon Research Institute and NC Research Campus at Kannapolis to establish new collaborations and learn more about the current research at these institutions.  This event also provided graduate students with an opportunity to showcase their research in a competitive forum.


8th Annual Graduate Student Poster Competition

The Center for Biomedical Engineering and Science hosted the 8th Annual Graduate Student Poster Competition on Friday, April 29, 2016 from 2:30pm-5:00pm at UNC Charlotte's Center City Building.

The posters were judged on the following:

  • Scientific/Technical Merit
  • Relevance to Biomedicine
  • Quality of Experimental Design
  • Clarity to Layperson
  • Presentation – Impact Factor!

The following students won cash prices:

  • $500 - 1st Prize Winner - Sebastien Felt
  • $300 - 2nd Prize Winner - Justin Halman
  • $250 - Awarded to individuals whose faculty advisors are CBES Associates
    • Zachary Lyles - ACT2
    • Shangcheng Wang - BMR
    • Alexandra Hurst and Isaac Wetzel - MTT
    • Elleansar Okwei - MED

Quantum Biology and Its Medical Applications

The seminar featured Dr. Luke P Lee, the Arnold and Barbara Silverman Distinguished Professor of Bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley, a Co-Director of the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center, and the Director of the Biomedical Institute of Global Healthcare Research & Technology (BIGHEART).

This seminar was held on Thursday, March 24 at 3:30pm in Burson 115, and was co-sponsored by the NanoScale Science Program and CBES. Click here to see the flyer.

Abstract:

In this talk, I will present quantum bionanophotonics for fundamental life sciences and precision medicine. First, I will introduce a quantum nanoscope that allows non-invasive optical imaging of electron-transfer (ET) dynamics in live cells. The quantum nanoscope is designed to capture the real-time ET imaging of enzymes using Plasmon Resonance Energy Transfer (PRET) mechanism and quantized plasmon quenching dips in resonant Rayleigh scattering spectra. Second, I will discuss photonic gene circuits for noninvasive gene regulations in living organism and gene therapy. Since the activation of transcription factor NF-κB plays a central role in the regulation of inflammation, immune responses, infections, differentiation, proliferation, oncogenesis, and apoptosis, precise spatiotemporal controls of NF-κB signaling pathway by optically addressable siRNA-antennas will have significant implications in precision medicine. Third, I will discuss the important role of bionanophotonics in integrated molecular diagnostic systems (iMDx) for personalized precision medicine, and microphysiological analysis platforms (iMAPs) for drug discovery and regenerative medicine.

The iMDx comprises three key elements of precision medicine on chip: ultrafast multiplexed photonic PCR for the early detection of DNA and RNA biomarkers in blood, signal amplifications of protein markers, and a self-contained sample preparation from whole blood on chip, which allows a sample-to-answer readout platform. The progress on patient-specific iPSCs-based iMAPs, pancreatic islets and mini-brains on chip will be discussed along with the vision of preventive medicine via precision engineering in medicine.

 


Innovative Healthcare is in the Palm of Your Hand

The seminar also featured Dr. Luke P Lee, the Arnold and Barbara Silverman Distinguished Professor of Bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley, a Co-Director of the Berkeley Sensor & Actuator Center, and the Director of the Biomedical Institute of Global Healthcare Research & Technology (BIGHEART).

This seminar was held on Friday, March 25 at 10:00am in Woodward 255, and was co-sponsored by the CRI and CBES as part of our Biomedical Seminar Series Program. Click here to see the flyer.

Abstract:

In this talk, I will present how to see the world’s healthcare crisis and the fundamental problems of current medicine in a grain of iSAND (integrative Science, Arts, Nanomedicine, and Digital technology), and find solutions in nature for preventive medicine and healthy environment. Since the future of healthcare is in the palm of our hands, a few examples of creative healthcare innovations will be discussed along with the vision of smart digital healthcare in both developing and developed countries: smart mobile integrated molecular diagnostic systems (iMDx) for personalized precision medicine and microphysiological analysis platforms (iMAPs) for drug discovery and regenerative medicine. The smart mobile iMDx comprises three key elements of precision medicine on chip: ultrafast multiplexed photonic PCR for the early detection of DNA and RNA biomarkers in blood, signal amplifications of protein markers, and a self-contained sample preparation from whole blood on chip, which allows a sample-to-answer readout platform with smart analytics. The progress on patient-specific iPSCs-based iMAPs, pancreatic islets and mini-brains in silicone for molecular pathogenesis will be discussed along with the vision of preventive medicine via precision engineering in medicine.


BRAIN-ON-CHIPS Workshop 2016

A day and a half workshop hosted by Dr. Hansang Cho in Blowing Rock, NC on January 7-8, 2016. The workshop included poster presentations on all currently developing brain-on-chips and bi-annual research summary on all projects.

  • Microglia-on-a chip: Dr. Joseph Park, Dr. Hyejin Kim, and Narges Riazi
  • Blood-Brain Barrier-on-a chip: Isaac Wetzel
  • Neuron-on-a chip: Jonathan Piland, Kendyl Cox, and Daniel Kim
  • Brain Sensors: AmirAhmad Zare, and Eric Cutler


 

CBES Retreat 2015

CBES held its annual retreat on Friday, May 1, 2015 from 11:45am-5:00pm at UNC Charlotte's Center City Building.

The CBES Retreat provided attendees with ample opportunities to network with colleagues from UNC Charlotte, Levine Cancer Institute, OrthoCarolina, Cannon Research Institute and NC Research Campus at Kannapolis to establish new collaborations and learn more about the current research at these institutions.  This event also provided graduate students with an opportunity to showcase their research in a competitive forum.


 

CBES Graduate Student Poster Competition 2015

The Center for Biomedical Engineering and Science hosted its 7th Annual Graduate Student Poster Competition on Friday, May 1, 2015 from 2:30pm-5:00pm at UNC Charlotte's Center City Building.

The following students won cash prices:

  • $500 - 1st Prize Winner – Elleansar Okwai
  • $350 - 2nd Prize Winner – Dawn Marin
  • $250 - Awarded to 3 individuals whose faculty advisors are CBES Associates:
    • Xu Zheng – BMR
    • Christopher Singer and Katelyn Erickson – MED
    • Jason Case - MTT

 


 

 CBES Open House

The Center for Biomedical Engineering and Science hosted an Open House on Friday, November 21, 2014 in Woodward Hall, Room 130 on the campus of UNC Charlotte from 3:00pm-5:00pm.  This event allowed colleagues from UNC Charlotte, Levine Cancer Institute, Cannon Research Institute, Carolinas Medical Center and the North Carolina Research campus the opportunity to continue dialogs on potential collaborative projects in addition to showcasing the IVIS System in the Vivarium and our researchers’ labs.
 


 
Levine Cancer Institute's Translational Seminar Series

The Levine Cancer Institute (LCI) put together a Translational Seminar Series to provide stimulating seminars on topics related to LCI research with the intent to increase collaborations with other CHS investigators, loco regional institutions and experts, and select individuals nationally, ultimately leading to higher impact publications and submission of joint grants.  The seminars were held on the 4th Tuesday of every month, beginning October 2013 and concluding June 2014, at LCI 3035A-C with videoconferencing to LCI facilities, UNC Charlotte (Woodward 338 and Bioinformatics Building), Davidson College, and David H. Murdock Research Institute. 

2013-2014 Seminar Speakers:

October 22, 2013 - Dr. Ed Copelan, Levine Cancer Institute
November 26, 2013 - Dr. Jai Patel, Levine Cancer Institute
"Application of Personalized Cancer Medicine Using Pharmacological Approaches and Clinical Risk Factors"
January 28, 2014 - Dr. Pinku Mukherjee, UNC Charlotte
February 25, 2014 - Dr. Kristie Foley, Davidson College
March 25, 2014 - TBD
April 22, 2014 - Dr. Xinghua Mindy Shi, UNC Charlotte
May 27, 2014 - Dr. Lance Stella, Davidson College
June 24, 2013 - Dr. Steve Walkman, Levine Cancer Institute - Roper