2014 CFTCC Annual Symposium

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May 20, 2014

The Center for Future Technologies in Cancer Care focuses on translational technologies that meet a need in contemporary cancer care both in the United States and abroad. The Point-of-Care (POC) can be a home, primary care office, clinic, or other location, provided that the technology enables a task to shift from a more to a less sophisticated setting. Cost reduction is one metric on which technologies are judged, but an increase in positive patient outcomes and/or quality of life should be paramount.  For example, an intervention that allows for chemotherapy drugs to be given at home, rather than in a special treatment center could both reduce costs and increase patent quality of life.

Join us for a day of scientific, technological, and clinical needs discussions. The symposium will showcase the projects supported by the Center over the last two years.

There will be a lunch poster session showcasing multiple projects that have been supported through the Center. Additionally, there will be posters on newly funded projects.

Keynote Speaker

Associate Professor of Engineering in Medicine
Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology and Oncology, Cornell University

Brian J. Kirby currently directs the Micro/Nanofluidics Laboratory in the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University. He joined the School in August 2004. Previous to that, he was a Senior Member of the Technical Staff in the Microfluidics Department at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, California, where he worked from 2001-2004 on microfluidic systems, with applications primarily to counterbioterrorism. From 1996-2001 he worked as a graduate student in theHigh Temperature Gasdynamics Laboratory at Stanford University, where he developed laser spectroscopy techniques for imaging gases in flames for combustion and aerothermopropulsion applications. From 1994-1996 he worked as a graduate student in the Variable Gravity Research Laboratory at the University of Michigan, studying multiphase heat transfer processes; at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories in Palo Alto, CA, studying fluid mechanics processes in hard drive stacks; and in the Gas Dynamics Research Laboratories in the Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of Michigan, studying soot formation processes in low-pressure diffusion flames.

Guest Speaker


Associate Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering, Northeastern University

Prof. Shashi Murthy is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Northeastern University. He holds secondary appointments as Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering and as Faculty Fellow in the Barnett Institute of Chemical & Biological Analysis at Northeastern University. In addition, Prof. Murthy is a Scientific Investigator at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Shriners Hospital for Children in Boston. He is also Northeastern’s institutional representative at CIMIT, a consortium of hospitals and universities dedicated to the integration of medicine and innovative technology. Prof. Murthy is a current member of the Features Advisory Panel to of the ACS journal Analytical Chemistry.


8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM – 9:15 AM Welcome
Catherine Klapperich, Ph.D.
Director, CFTCC
Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Boston University

Funded Projects

9:15 AM – 9:45 AM Optical Spectroscopy for Improved POC Screening of IBD and Colorectal Cancer Risk
Irving Bigio, Ph.D.
Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Boston University
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Boston University
9:45 AM – 10:15 AM Non-Enzymatic DNA Amplification Circuit for Cancer Biomarker Testing (melanoma)
Andrew Ellington, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Texas at Austin
10:15 AM – 10:30 AM Coffee Break
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM miRNA Gel Pads for the point of Care Detection of Lung Cancer Biomarkers in Serum
Patrick Doyle, Ph.D.
Professor, Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM Improving Hepatocellular Carcinoma Patient Outcomes with a Novel Multiplexed Point-of-Care Biomarker Measurement System
Daniel Laser, Ph.D.
CEO and President, Wave 80 Biosciences, Inc.
11:30 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch and Poster Session
1:00 PM – 1:30 PM My LifeCloud: A mobile based system aimed at Empowering Patients who are at Risk for Colorectal Cancer
Kelly Brittain, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, Michigan State University

Invited Speaker

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM Hydrogels for Cell Separation: From Laboratory to Commercialization
Shashi Murthy, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Northeastern University

2013 Translational Fellowship

2:00 PM – 2:30 PM A New Point of Care Diffuse Optical Imaging System for Home and Clinical Monitoring of Chemotherapy Response in Breast Cancer Patients
Darren Roblyer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Boston University
2:30 PM – 2:40 PM Coffee Break


2:50 PM – 3:50 PM Circulating Tumor Cells: Linking Analysis with Surgical and Medical Care
Brian Kirby, Ph.D
Associate Professor, Sibley Schol of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Cornell University
Associate Professor of Engineering in Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology and Oncology, Cornell University
3:50 PM – 4:15 PM Closing