Hundreds of TAU students, faculty and visitors attended a symposium on medical nanosystems featuring guest lecturer Prof. Robert Langer of MIT, in honor of the Gertner family's decade-long commitment to the field.
A nanotechnology symposium marking the 10th anniversary of the Marian Gertner Institute for Medical Nanosystems kicked off the 2013 Board of Governors Meeting in the presence of Alexander Gertner and Rita Brainin, Tel Aviv University (TAU) Governors.
Prof. Robert Langer, the most cited engineer in history and a TAU Honorary Doctor, delivered the symposium's keynote address. He spoke of how research in the field of nanomedicine is leading to new drug therapies that target cancer cells directly without harming the body, saying that "we are creating technologies to relieve suffering. We could save thousands of lives."
Head of the Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Prof. Yael Hanein, spoke about Tel Aviv University's passionate nanoscientists who are working together to develop new technologies for enhanced imaging, more sensitive diagnostics and tissue regeneration. Other speakers at the symposium included Prof. Dan Peer of the George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences, who is revolutionizing treatments for cancer and inflammation; Dr. Tal Dvir of the George S. Wise Faculty of Life Sciences, a developer of nano-scale technologies for cardiac and brain tissue engineering; and Alzheimer's expert Dr. Inna Slutsky of the Sackler Faculty of Medicine. Leading Israeli entrepreneurs, Dr. Silvia Noiman from Pontifax and Dr. Giora Yaron, Chairman of the TAU Executive Council, commented on the bright future of nano medicine and TAU's leadership.