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.

Tentative schedule:


Thursday, May 4

  • Arrival (afternoon) and check-in
  • Hike (depending on the weather, either Red Rocks State Park or other spots near Golden) 
  • Welcome reception (bar and buffet)
  • Kick-off discussion: General overview of nanomedicine and lessons learned

Friday, May 5

  • Breakfast​
  • Morning talks 1: Nanotoxicology, protein corona, anti-PEG antibodies, complement (4 talks) 
  • Coffee break 
  • Morning talks 2: Interactions of nanosystems with biological and tumor milieu (4 talks)
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon talks 1: Advances in understanding of tumor/tissue barriers and targets including vascular and brain barriers (4 talks)
  • Coffee break
  • Afternoon talks 2: Realities of clinical translation of drug delivery and imaging systems (4 talks)
  • Dinner 
  • Poster session
  • Main Discussion Session 

Saturday, May 6

  • Breakfast
  • Morning talks 1: Advances and pitfalls in nanodelivery systems 1 (4 talks)
  • Coffee break
  • Morning talks 2: Advances and pitfalls in nanodelivery systems 2 (4 talks) 
  • Snacks/bites and Coors brewery tour (42 slots available - preference to out-of-town attendees)
  • Afternoon session based on selected posters and discussion  
  • Farewell dinner (bar and buffet), awards and concluding remarks. Maybe a musical performance

Sunday, 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), Heinrich Haas (BioNTech), Avi Schroeder (Technion), Moein Moghimi (Newcastle University), 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).

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. Depending on the availability of funds, we will reserve a few shuttles for arriving/departing attendees. 

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.


golden 2IMG_7671IMG_7667

golden 1


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:

  • www.Care.com is the most reliable source to find one time nannies and daycare. 
  • www.Winnie.com 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.