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Nanobioscience: UAlbany NanoCollege Professor- Rising Star Award from SUNY Research Foundation

Apr 15, 2008 Albany, NY --The College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering Assistant Professor of Nanobioscience Nathaniel Cady is among 20 faculty members from State University of New York ("SUNY") campuses around the state to be honored for exceptional research.

The SUNY Research Foundation ("RF") presented Dr. Cady with the Rising Star Award, which recognizes newer faculty for the promise they show at having been published, received external funding, or a patent or license for the first time. Dr. Cady specializes in research at the interface of nanotechnology and biology, focusing on the development of biosensor technologies and cellular interactions with surfaces....
20 SUNY colleagues were honored for the research they have done in many areas, such as treating eye disease, helping the elderly, improving memory, and even developing a better chance of surviving earthquakes. The annual awards given by RF represent New York State's chance to recognize and say thank you to faculty whose research in fields like medicine, engineering, science, computers, mathematics, social work, and education increases human knowledge, and provides an economic engine for the state.
One example of a recent study in nanobioscience--A BIOMED article (open access, peer reviewed, provisional PDF) in which collaborating scientists (of Milan, Italy and MIT) present their work on electrospun micro- and nanofiber tubes for functional nervous regeneration in sciatic nerve transactions.
Although many nerve prostheses have been proposed in recent years, in the case of consistent loss of nervous tissue peripheral nerve injury is still a traumatic pathlogy that may impair patient's movements by interrupting his motor-sensory pathways. In the last few decades tissue engineering has opened the door to new approaches; however most make use of rigid channel guides that may cause cell loss due to the lack of physiological local stresses exerted over the nervous tissue during patient’s movement. Electrospinning technique makes it possible to spin microfiber and nanofiber flexible tubular scaffolds composed of a number of natural and synthetic components, showing high porosity and remarkable surface/volume ration.
The study indicates that these electro spun tubes, with no additional biological coating or drug loading treatment, are promising scaffolds for functional nervous regeneration. (2)
And...In NYC, The Seventh Annual Nanobusiness Alliance Conference will be held May 4-6 2008, featuring many keynote speakers from New York State. (3) Nanotechnology in healthcare will include programs segments about therapeutics, drug delivery and biological imaging.The NanoBusiness Alliance's mission is to create a collective voice for the advancing nanotechnology industry and develop a range of initiatives to support the nanotechnology business community. Among the NanoBusiness Alliance's goals are the development of research and education programs, public policy and lobbying initiatives, public awareness campaigns, and industry support networks. The NanoBusiness Alliance has locations in New York, NY and Chicago, IL and soon will be opening an additional office in Washington, DC.

(2)http://www.biomedcentral.com/content/pdf/1472-6750-8-39.pdf(3) http://www.nanobusiness2008.com/index.php

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