Mechanisms and Barriers in Nanomedicine conference-workshop


The Golden Hotel


800 11th St
Golden, CO  80401
United States

  • Free parking for attendees: adjacent lot on the left side of the hotel, or underground parking                                                            
  • Contact DS at: 858-837-4418 if you have any issues whatsoever. 
  • HIKE MAPS ARE BELOW. We will do our best to do the Red Rocks hike. 
  • Coors brewery tour on the 6th: Please arrive at the visitors parking lot at 502 14th St. Golden, CO 80401 15 minutes prior to your tour time. Your tour bus will leave the visitors parking lot promptly at the scheduled tour time. It is about 11 min walk from the hotel. Tour duration 1.5 hours. Please plan accordingly.
  • Places to eat: recommend Woody's pizza and Snarf's sandwiches (both on Washington ave).

Why This Conference?

Core philosophy.We ask speakers not to present a “progress report”, but instead present a focused view and analysis of what their research is attempting to address. Since the speakers are not under pressure to “impress” the peers, it brings the discussion to a whole new level. Such format will provide an open forum for focused discussion of mechanistic aspects of nanomedicine. 

Exclusive focus on the barriers and mechanisms in an educational context.There will be a strong educational component in dedicated discussion sessions focused on questions suggested by the audience. Junior and established investigators and students who work on drug delivery and imaging will greatly benefit from the honest discussion.

Final schedule:

May 4   
3:00 PM6:00 PM3:00Hike (Red Rocks State Park or trails near Golden)
6:00 PM9:00 PM3:00Welcome reception (bar and hors d'oeuvres sponsored by Perkin Elmer)
May 5   
7:30 AM8:30 AM1:00Breakfast and poster setup
8:30 AM8:45 AM0:15Welcome (Anchordoquy/Simberg) and general overview of nanomedicine field (Piotr Grodzinsky -10 min)  
Morning session 1: Nanotoxicology, plasma interactions, anti-PEG antibodies, complement (Chair: Moein Moghimi)
8:45 AM9:00 AM0:15Samuel Lai: Elucidating anti-PEG immunity and methods to overcome anti-PEG immunity
9:05 AM9:20 AM0:15Jacob Brenner: Weapons in the battle between complement and nanomedicine:  physics, engineering, and medicine
9:25 AM9:40 AM0:15Anna Schwendeman: Remodeling of lipid and lipoprotein nanoparticles in plasma
9:45 AM10:00 AM0:15Ravi Singh: Understanding, overcoming, and exploiting nanotoxicity for cancer therapy
10:05 AM10:35 AM0:30Coffee break and poster viewing
Morning session 2: Advances in understanding tumor/tissue barriers and targets (Chair: Dmitri Simberg)
10:35 AM10:55 AM0:20Vladimir Muzykantov: Targeted vascular drug delivery
11:00 AM11:15 AM0:15Tambet Teesalu: Vascular homing peptides: discovery and development for precision systemic targeting of molecular and nanoscale payloads
11:20 AM11:35 AM0:15Joelle Straehla: Pooled screening to uncover mechanisms of nanoparticle-cancer cell interactions
11:40 AM11:55 AM0:15Rachela Popovtzer: The Golden Approach for Overcoming Bio-Barriers: Delivering Nanomedicine to Brain and Beyond
12:00 PM1:30 PM1:30Lunch break and poster viewing
Afternoon session 1: Interactions of nanosystems with tumor microenvironment (Chair: Natalie Serkova)
1:30 PM1:50 PM0:20Warren Chan: What are the major barriers to deliver nanoparticle to solid tumors?
1:55 PM2:10 PM0:15Irene La-Beck: Harnessing liposome and macrophage interactions for cancer immunotherapy.
2:15 PM2:30 PM0:15Natalie Artzi: Engineering therapeutic immunity to solid tumors using (nano)biomaterials
2:35 PM3:05 PM0:30Coffee break and poster viewing
Afternoon session 2: Considerations for clinical translation (Chair: Piotr Grodzinsky)
3:05 PM3:25 PM0:20Alberto Gabizon: Harnessing nanomedicine to improve the safety and antitumor activity of cancer chemotherapy in single or multimodality therapy 
3:30 PM3:50 PM0:20Twan Lammers: Biomarkers to boost cancer nanomedicine clinical translations
3:55 PM4:10 PM0:15Irina Balyasnikova: Overcoming barriers to immunotherapy in GBM
4:15 PM4:25 PM0:10Perkin Elmer: Sponsored talk   
4:30 PM6:00 PM1:30Discussion (snacks/drinks sponsored by Moderna). Leaders: Vlad Muzykantov and Alberto Gabizon
6:00 PM9:00 PM3:00Dinner (buffet and bar - discussion may continue during the dinner)
May 6   
7:30 AM8:30 AM1:00Breakfast
Morning session 1: Novel applications and strategies (Chair: Steve Schwendeman)
8:30 AM8:45 AM0:15Biana Godin: Potential applications of nanomedicine in obstetrics 
8:50 AM9:05 AM0:15Avi Schroeder: Sex and biological barriers in nanomedicine design
9:10 AM9:25 AM0:15Julianne Nguyen: Amplifying targetable surface areas through new delivery approaches
9:30 AM9:45 AM0:15Hyejin Kim (Dahlman lab): Quantifying how dozens of LNPs deliver mRNA in vivo with single-cell resolution using multiomics
9:50 AM10:20 AM0:30Coffee break and poster viewing
Morning session 2: Advances in nanodelivery systems  (Chair: Tom Anchordoquy)
10:20 AM10:40 AM0:20Dan Peer: Targeted LNPs for RNA delivery
10:45 AM11:00 AM0:15Paolo Decuzzi: Conformable drug delivery systems for brain tumors
11:05 AM11:20 AM0:15Michael Mitchell: Lipid nanoparticles for overcoming biological barriers to mRNA delivery
11:25 AM11:40 AM0:15Agata Exner: Theranostic Gas Core Nanoparticles for Overcoming Barriers in Drug Delivery to Solid Tumors
11:45 AM12:05 PM0:20Chezy Barenholz (via Zoom): devepment and clinical testing of liposomes for arhtritis
12:05 PM5:00 PM4:55Lunch on your own and Coors Brewery tour 
Afternoon student/postdoc session (best poster)
5:00 PM5:07 PM0:07Best poster presentation
5:10 PM5:17 PM0:07Best poster presentation
5:20 PM5:27 PM0:07Best poster presentation
5:30 PM5:37 PM0:07Best poster presentation
5:40 PM5:47 PM0:07Best poster presentation
5:50 PM6:10 PM0:20Discussion and concluding remarks 
6:20 PM9:20 PM3:00Farewell reception and dinner
May 7: Adjourn


Confirmed speakers:

Chezy Barenholz (Hebrew University), Alberto Gabizon (Shaare Zedek Hospital), Vlad Muzykantov (University of Pennsylvania), Agata Exner (Case Western Reserve University), Natalie Serkova (University of Colorado), Dan Peer (Tel Aviv University), Rachela Popovtzer (Bar Ilan University), Jacob Brenner (University of Pennsylvania), Irene La-Beck (Texas Tech), Avi Schroeder (Technion), Natalie Artzi (BWH), Anna Schwendeman (University of Michigan), Joelle Straehla (MIT), Warren Chan (University of Toronto), Michael Mitchell (University of Pennsylvania), Ravi Singh (Wake Forest University), Juliane Nguyen (University of North Carolina), Sam Lai (University of North Carolina), Biana Godin (Methodist Hospital), Irina Balyasnikova (Northwestern University), Tambet Teesalu (University of Tartu), Twan Lammers (RWTH Aachen University Clinic), Paolo Decuzzi (Italian Institute of Technology)

Golden, Colorado:

This year’s meeting will take place at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, Colorado, about 40 min drive from the Denver International Airport. The central location of Colorado is ideal for attendees from all parts of the continental USA, with 3 hours flight from Boston and just less than 2h flight from Los Angeles, and direct flights from key European airports to Denver International Airport. Attendees will be able to reserve an Uber ride ($54 each way) or a shuttle.  

Golden, Colorado, founded in June of 1859 during the golden rush, is nestled within the Foothills of the majestic Rocky Mountains. In addition to a plethora of hiking trails, this city offers a whitewater park with kayaking and, of course, the renowned Coors Brewery (150th anniversary this year). Skiing is still possible in the Rocky Mountains in the beginning of May. 

The Golden Hotel, overlooking scenic Clear Creek and the Rocky Mountain Foothills, is conveniently located in the heart of the historic downtown of Golden, Colorado. The mountain lodge ambiance will instantly put attendees at ease and the amenities are designed to meet the needs of both business and leisure travelers in Golden and Denver. The hotel has total of 62 rooms and 2 ADA accessible rooms containing a king bed room type, 6.500 sq ft of meeting space and an inhouse restaurant, The Bridgewater Grill.

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From the Organizers:

1. The Golden Hotel does not have a separate family care facility on site. Please use the following resources for finding the care:

  • is the most reliable source to find one time nannies and daycare. 
  • is another great resource that lists several daycare services (0-6) 

Please contact the organizers in advance so we could find potential solutions and if needed sponsored daycare.

2. The University of Colorado/ conference organizing committee is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. We encourage the underrepresented minorities students to register and submit their work.

3. The Mechanisms and Barriers in Nanomedicine Conference is a professional event and all attendees are required to behave in a manner consistent with creating an inclusive and supportive environment.  Prohibited conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • harassment and discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, physical or mental disability, perceived disability, ancestry, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, citizenship, past, current or prospective service in the uniformed services, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local laws;
  • demeaning comments or harassment about a person’s professional status, qualifications, or affiliations;
  • sexual harassment including unwanted sexual attention such as expressions of romantic or sexual interest that are unwelcome, unreciprocated, and/or offensive to the target; examples include unwanted touching, hugging, stroking, and persistent requests for dates or sexual behavior despite discouragement. Sexual harassment also includes gender harassment which includes verbal and nonverbal behaviors that convey insulting, hostile, and degrading attitudes about members of one gender as well as crude harassment.
  • abusive conduct that has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with another person’s ability to benefit from and enjoy or participate in the Conference;
  • undue or excessive interruption of any event, speaker, or session; and
  • violence or threats of violence or physical harm.











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