Computational approaches to enhance nanosafety and nanomedicine: A lecture by Prof. Eduardo R. Mendoza, PhD

You are cordially invited to a lecture on:

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

Abstract
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.

References:

[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
http://nanotechinformatics.org/nanoinformatics/index.php/Main_Page
[3] Thomas DG et al. Informatics and Standards for nanomedicine
technology (June 2011), Wiley Online Library. Downloadable from:
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/wnan.152/pdf
[4] Dobay MPD, Alberola AP, Mendoza ER, R?dler 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 Banos and Manila. He is currently a Visiting Scientist at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Munich and can be contacted at mendoza@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

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