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Point of Care Diagnostics Workshop – 4 Dec 2012, London UK

Point-of-Care Diagnostics Workshop
4 December 2012, Burlington House, London, UK

Point-of-care diagnostic (POC) test devices provide rapid results on an ever expanding range of medical tests, helping to streamline healthcare and improve clinical outcomes. Research on microfluidics for POC applications has increased markedly in recent years, fuelled by an interest in constructing field-deployable analytical instruments. The interest in POC microfluidic-based devices has been intense and has cut across all major disciplines in lab-on-a-chip research, including engineering (biomedical, chemical, electrical, and mechanical), chemistry, and physics.  For further details please visit the website.

Abstract submission deadline: 31 October 2012. Abstract submission is now available online.

Application deadline: 31 October 2012. Application is now available online.

Workshop format
The aims of this Joint Biochemical Society/Royal Society of Chemistry workshop are to provide participants with a better understanding of the challenges involved in translating research outputs into application and to help encourage collaborations with industry and clinicians on POC. The workshop will bring together researchers who work at the interface between biology, chemistry and the wider life and medical sciences. Participants will be encouraged to participate in oral presentations, as well as in discussion groups intended to help move this area forward.

Speakers
Dr Ana Alfirevic, University of Liverpool, UK
Professor Andrew de Mello, ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Attendance is by application only and will be FREE of charge for Biochemical Society and Royal Society of Chemistry members.

This workshop is the fourth of a series entitled “Analytical Tools for the Life Sciences”, a collaborative project between the Biochemical Society and Royal Society of Chemistry members.

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Free organs on chips articles

To coincide with the Organs on Chips: Human Disease Models meeting being held at the Lorentz Center, The Netherlands, 24th – 28th September, Lab on a Chip and Integrative Biology are delighted to bring you a free* collection of articles on organ-on-chip research.

http://rsc.li/lorentz

These articles will only be available until October 8th so hurry, don’t miss out!

*Free access is provided to subscribing institutions or to individuals through an RSC Publishing Personal Account. Registration is quick and easy at http://pubs.rsc.org/en/account/register.

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Lipids and Membrane Biophysics: Faraday Discussion 161

There’s still just time to submit a poster for Lipids and Membrane Biophysics: Faraday Discussion 161 – by the deadline date 13 July.

This Faraday Discussion will consider recent developments in the study of biomembrane structure, ordering and dynamics, with particular emphasis on the roles of lipids in these phenomena. Registration is quick and simple via our online booking system, so act today and benefit from early bird savings.

Why choose to come to a Faraday Discussion? They have a unique format – all papers are circulated in advance and all discussion contributions are recorded for publication in the abstract book after the event. You can also have your own poster space at the meeting, so submit yours now before the deadline of 13 July.

Come and discuss new experimental and theoretical findings and novel methodologies, as we focus on exploring the relevance of concepts from amphiphile self-assembly and soft matter physics to understanding biomembranes.

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Copolymerised nanoparticles to target breast cancer

Breast cancer is one of the most widely studied cancers in science today, but thousands of women still die from the disease every year in the UK alone. There is an urgent need to develop new therapies and treatments to further lower the mortality rate. This paper from Laiqiang Huang and colleagues from Tsinghua University, Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Center, Dailan Medical University and the China Department of Materials Science and Engineering presents a new chemotherapeutic agent based on nanotechnology.

The size and characteristics of nanoparticles allow them to be used for passive and active drug targeting in the body and are able to penetrate tumours to deliver their drugs. The use of nanoparticles also mean that drug localisation and release can be tightly controlled. They can be made using  biodegradable aliphatic polymers such as poly(e-caprolactone) (PCL) and polyglycolide (PGA). These compounds have recently been brought to the fore of research into drug delivery systems as their properties of permeability and biocompatibility make them good candidates for drug delivery. However, none of these polymers have yet been optimised for use in drug therapies.

By producing a copolymer of PCL, PGA and D-a-tocopheryl polyethylene glycol 1000 succinate (TPGS) – a vitamin E derivative which increases solubility – the authors could produce nanoparticles loaded with the chemotherapy drug Docetaxel. These nanoparticles were shown to be more toxic to tumour cells than another commercially available chemotherapeutic drug both in vitro and in vivo.

This article features on the front cover of Issue 10 and is free to access for 6 weeks. To find out more, download the article here:

Nanoformulation of D-α-tocopheryl polyethylene glycol 1000 succinate-b-poly(ε-caprolactone-ran-glycolide) diblock copolymer for breast cancer therapy
Laiqiang Huang, Hongbo Chen, Yi Zheng, Xiaosong Song, Ranyi Liu, Kexin Liu, Xiaowei Zeng and Lin Mei
Integr. Biol., 2011, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C1IB00026H

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Challenges in Chemical Biology (ISACS5) registration and poster deadlines approaching

Challenges in Chemical Biology (ISACS5)

26 – 29 July 2011

University of Manchester, UK

  • Call for posters – deadline 27 May 2011
  • Early bird registration – deadline 27 May 2011

www.rsc.org/isacs5

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Off to Anaheim? Meet Deputy Editor Michael Smith there

We are excited to be off to the ACS Spring 2011 meeting in Anaheim next week – especially as Molecular BioSystems Editorial Board member Dr Madan Babu will be giving the Molecular BioSystems Award Lecture on Wednesday morning, at 8.30 am in the Marquis Northeast Ballroom of the Anaheim Marriott .

Michael Smith

Deputy Editor Michael Smith will be at the meeting on behalf of Molecular BioSystems, Journal of Environmental Monitoring and Integrative Biology and would be delighted to meet you, so do come and say hello!

RSC Publishing will also be at Booth 903, find out more about what we’ll be doing here.

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