Nanomedicine Comes of Age: How Engineered Materials Are Transforming Medical Treatment
Free Public Lecture
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf
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The Graeme Clark Oration
In this year's Graeme Clark Oration, Professor Paula Hammond will describe the Layer by Layer technique and how her laboratory is using this technique in applications including hard-to-treat cancers, and how nanotechnology is transforming medical treatment.
A chemical engineer and a significant figure in the advancement of nanotechnology and nanomedicine, Professor Hammond is the David H Koch Professor of Engineering and Head of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Professor Hammond’s research focuses on biomaterials and drug delivery. She is a leader in the design of nanoparticles – one thousandth to ten thousandths the width of a human hair – for the delivery of drugs to tumours and other specific regions of the body. Such design is achieved by the use of the Layer-by-Layer technique, in which drug molecules attach to layers of thin film coating where each layer can be programmed to perform a specific function. Professor Hammond has applied this technique to address a number of diverse applications, including the release of pain drugs to specific parts of the body, recruiting cells that promote the growth of natural bone, and targeting tumour cells.