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SELECTBIO Conferences Innovations in Microfluidics, Biofabrication, Synthetic Biology

Stephen Kennedy's Biography

Stephen Kennedy, Assistant Professor of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering, University of Rhode Island

Dr. Kennedy is currently an Assistant Professor of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering at the University of Rhode Island. Prof. Kennedy received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in electrical engineering at the University of Wisconsin. During his graduate studies, he was awarded a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Ruth L. Kirschstein Fellowship and a Wisconsin Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Bioengineering. Prior to attaining a faculty position, Prof. Kennedy conducted his postdoctoral work at Harvard University and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering under the mentorship of David Mooney. His scientific works have been recognized numerous times by the Bioelectromagnetics Society, ACEA Biosciences, the American Institute for Chemical Engineering (AIChE), and have been published in 54 peer-reviewed journal articles and conference proceedings. These works have been featured as the frontispiece in Advanced Materials and have been highlighted in an article by Materials Today. Dr. Kennedy is the recipient of the NIH National Research Service Award, the Curtis Carl Johnson Memorial Award, the Gerald Holdridge Award for Excellence in Teaching, and a 3M Non-Tenure Faculty Award. Prof. Kennedy is originally from Huntsville, Alabama and currently resides in North Kingstown, Rhode Island with his wife, Sandra, son, Spencer, and geriatric Labrador retriever, Doodles.

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Active Materials for Remotely Regulating Complex, Multi-drug Delivery Profiles

Tuesday, 27 March 2018 at 13:30

Add to Calendar ▼2018-03-27 13:30:002018-03-27 14:30:00Europe/LondonActive Materials for Remotely Regulating Complex, Multi-drug Delivery

Biological processes are characterized by a high degree of spatiotemporal complexity and often manifest as a highly choreographed sequence of biological events. Biomaterials such as hydrogels can provide the localized deliveries needed to regulate biological processes. However, they are incapable of regulating multi-drug delivery profiles with the level of control required to regulate complex biological processes (i.e., control over the timing, rate, and sequence of multiple therapeutics). Moreover, the timings, rates, and sequences delivered for particular therapies must likely be customized for individual patients and may need to be changed in real-time according to updated patient prognoses. This necessitates the need for on-demand regulation over the timings, rates, and sequences of deliveries. Here, we will present strategies for on-demand, remote control over the timing, rate, and sequence of therapeutic deliveries from hydrogels using electrically, magnetically, and ultrasonically active materials. We will further describe biological scenarios where the deliveries provided by traditional hydrogels can be greatly improved upon using remotely activated materials (e.g., wound healing, tissue engineering, chemotherapies). Finally, we will demonstrate that these remotely active hydrogel materials have the potential to deliver optimized delivery schedules in a wide range of therapeutic strategies.

Add to Calendar ▼2018-03-26 00:00:002018-03-27 00:00:00Europe/LondonInnovations in Microfluidics, Biofabrication, Synthetic