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3 p.m. March 17, Lecture by Prof. Xiaoyuan Chen - Director of Laboratory of Molecular Imaging and Nano-medicine, NIH

Release date:2014-03-15

Topic: Nanomaterials for Theranostic Applications

Speaker: Prof. Xiaoyuan Chen

Date: March 17 (Monday), 3 p.m.
Location: Meeting room 210, COE Building No.1 

Host: Zhifei Dai


Theranostics, portmanteau of therapeutics and diagnostics. It can be diagnosis followed by therapy to stratify patients who will likely respond to a given treatment. It can also be therapy followed by diagnosis to monitor early response to treatment and predict treatment efficacy. It is also possible that diagnostics and therapeutics are co-developed. Nanoparticle platforms with various structures and compositions show great potential as theranostics. This talk will highlight some recent advances in using biocompatible nanoparticle formulas for ultrasensitive detection of biomarkers, for in vivo imaging of cancer and for drug/gene delivery as nanotherapeutics. Some practical issues of theranostic nanomedicine such as scaled up synthesis, rational design, nanotoxicity, regulatory hurdles, and return on capital (ROC) will also be briefly discussed.

Brief introduction of Speaker:

Xiaoyuan (Shaw) Chen

Laboratory of Molecular Imaging and Nanomedicine, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, National Institutes of Health (

 Xiaoyuan (Shaw) Chen, got his bachelor and master degree in chemistry from Nanjing University in 1993 and 1996, respectively; and got doctorate degree in the University of Idaho in 1999. Dr Chen joined NIH in 2009 as a Senior Fellow for life in NIBIB, the Director of Laboratory of Molecular Imaging and Nano-medicine. 

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