2015 CFTCC 2nd Annual Symposium

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May 19, 2015

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.

The 2nd Annual Symposium will highlight all of the centers within the Point of Care Technologies Research Network (POCTRN). POCTRN consists of the three centers all focusing on point-of-care technologies: Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Point-of-Care Tests for Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Center for Integration of Medicine & Innovation Technology’s Point of Care Technology Research Center in Primary Care, and Boston University’s Center for Future Technologies in Cancer Care.


8:00 AM – 8:45 AM Breakfast
8:45 AM – 9:00 AM WelcomeCatherine Klapperich, PhDDirector, CFTCC

CFTCC Projects

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM Point-of-care tumor marker detection – ovarian tumorsJustin T. Baca, MD, PhDUniversity of New Mexico
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM Personal health network: A social networking platform for chemotherapy care coordinationKatherine Kim, PhD, MPH, MBAUniversity of California Davis, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM There’s an app for that: Utilization of a smartphone app for chronic pain careAyesha Sundaram, BS, & Dylan Jurcik, BABrigham and Women’s Hospital

JHU Projects

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM MAMEF based ultra rapid and sensitive detection of STI’sChris D. Geddes, PhD, FRSCInstitute of Fluorescence, University of Maryland
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM Trichomonas point-of-care tests performed by the patientCharlotte Gaydos, MS, MPH, DrPHJohns Hopkins University
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Lunch and Poster Session

CIMIT Projects

1:00 PM – 1:30 PM Improving efficiency of diagnosis of pneumonia with point-of-care thermal imagingPatricia Hibberd, MD, PhDMassachusetts General Hospital
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM A Nanopore-Nanofiber Mesh Biosensor for Detecting KRAS Gene MutationMark Grinstaff, PhDBoston University


2:00 PM – 2:45 PM Quest to find rare tumor cells in circulationMehmet Toner, PhDMassachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences Technology
2:45 PM – 3:00 PM Closing
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Poster Session


Boston University Photonics Center
Colloquium Room 906
Boston, MA 02215


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Granby Lot
665 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Kenmore Lot
549 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

Agganis Arena Lot
925 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

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