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Nanotechnology-Biotechnology Conference to Bring Researchers to UA 

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Approximately 200 researchers from across the state are expected to attend a scientific forum on nanotechnology Oct. 23-24 on The University of Alabama campus.

UA will host the second NanoBio Summit at the Bryant Conference Center featuring a dozen scientists from in-state and neighboring institutions as well as representatives from the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama, Southern Research Institute, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology and elsewhere.

The keynote luncheon speaker Oct. 23 is Dr. Andrew D. Penman, vice president of the drug development division at Southern Research Institute, in Birmingham. In this position, Penman leads the preclinical contract research operations in toxicology, bioanalytical sciences, infectious diseases, cancer therapeutics, and immunology. Penman will speak at 12:40 p.m. in the Bryant Conference Center’s Sellers Auditorium.

The evening keynote speaker is Dr. Richard M. Myers, president and science director, HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, in Huntsville. In addition to these roles, Myers continues to conduct research using genomics tools and genetics to understand how genes interacting with the environment contribute to human diseases and other traits. Myers will speak at 7 p.m. during a banquet at Sellers Auditorium.

General areas of focus at the conference include: nanobioscience, nanoengineering, nanomaterials, collaboration, discovery and commercialization.

The conference will provide opportunities to accelerate new research and academic collaborations among researchers in various fields while sharing the latest research findings, innovations, and implementations of nanotechnology.

Scientists from UA, the University of Alabama in Huntsville, Alabama A&M University, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Auburn University, Tuskegee University and Mississippi State University will make presentations.

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Conference sponsors include: UA’s Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development, the Center for Economic Development, the department of biological sciences, Alabama State University, the Center for NanoBiotechnology Research at Alabama State University, the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, ICE (Institution of Civil Engineering) Publishing and Tescan USA.

Corporate sponsorship opportunities are available. Click here for details.

The University of Alabama, a student-centered research university, is experiencing significant growth in both enrollment and academic quality. This growth, which is positively impacting the campus and the state's economy, is in keeping with UA's vision to be the university of choice for the best and brightest students. UA, the state's flagship university, is an academic community united in its commitment to enhancing the quality of life for all Alabamians.