**Workshop Invitation: International Research on Physical Sciences Applied to Biology, at NIH on Nov. 21, 2013August 8th, 2013
Washington, DC, August 8, 2013 – A panel of some of America’s top experts on the application of physical science concepts to biological systems will present their findings from study tours of top European and Asian labs in a workshop and webcast to be held at the National Institutes of Health on November 21, 2013.
The study is aimed at determining the status and trends of research and development whereby physical sciences and engineering principles are being applied to life sciences, cancer research and oncology in leading laboratories and organizations via an on-site peer review process in Europe and Asia. The panel will assess general progress in the field, and compare the relative positions of nations. The panel will also be issuing a written final report later this year. For short, the study is known by the acronym APHELION: Assessment of Physical Sciences and Engineering Advances in Life Sciences and Oncology.
The study was sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). As a part of the study, a seven-member peer review panel recently toured more than 40 labs abroad in China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom. Previously the panel visited and reported on France, Germany, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. The report from the European phase is posted at http://www.wtec.org/aphelion/AphelionEuropeanReport09.23.12.pdf. The study was organized by the World Technology Evaluation Center, Inc. (WTEC).
The APHELION panel is chaired by Prof. Paul Janmey of the University of Pennsylvania. Also on the panel are Prof. Daniel Fletcher (UC Berkeley), Prof. Sharon Gerecht (Johns Hopkins University), Dr. Ross Levine (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center), Prof. Parag Mallick (Stanford University), Prof. Owen McCarty (Oregon Health & Science University), Prof. Lance Munn (Harvard University), and Prof. Cynthia Reinhart-King (Cornell University).
The November 21st workshop is free, but space is limited. For further information and to register please visit http://www.wtec.org/aphelion. It will also be webcast live. Viewers will have the ability to submit questions for the panelists during the event. To register for this free webcast, please visit www.tvworldwide.com/events/NIH/131121. The webcast will remain available online after the event.
The World Technology Evaluation Center, Inc. is a non-profit research institute that leads the nation in conducting international technology assessments via peer review. WTEC has conducted more than 70 such studies since 1989 under grants from many Federal agencies. For more information, visit http://www.wtec.org.