June Dinner Lecture: Linda K. Molnar, Cancer Nanotechnology Program


"Multifunctional Nanoparticles for Targeting, Imaging, and Therapy:  
A Partial Overview of the NCI's Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer"
       Linda K. Molnar
       Cancer Nanotechnology Program, National Cancer Institute

       Thursday, June 15, at Bay Cafe and Deli, Palo Alto Golf Course
       NOTE:  this event is NOT at our regular location.  See information below on location.

Requested registration deadline is 5pm June 8 for this Thursday June 15 dinner lecture 

Please pay at the door when you arrive.  We can accept cash or checks only, sorry (no credit cards at the door, either).


To help meet the goal of eliminating suffering and death due to cancer, the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health, is engaged in efforts to harness the power of nanotechnology to radically change the way we diagnose, treat and prevent cancer.  The NCI Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer is a comprehensive, systematized initiative encompassing the public and private sectors, designed to accelerate the application of the best capabilities of nanotechnology to cancer.  Currently, scientists are limited in their ability to turn promising molecular discoveries into benefits for cancer patients.  Nanotechnology can provide the technical power and tools that will enable those developing new diagnostics, therapeutics, and preventives to keep pace with today’s explosion in knowledge.  Technologies contributing to these technical advancements include carbon nanotubes, nanoparticles, imaging agents, targeting ligands, therapeutics, etc. often combined in a multi-functional targeted device designed to diagnose and deliver multiple therapeutics directly to cancer cells.  Polymer materials and polymer chemistry are often integral to the development of these devices.  This presentation will focus on recent advances in nanotechnology for cancer across the Alliance where polymers play a critical role.  

Speaker Background:

Dr. Linda Molnar currently serves as a Project Officer in the Office of Technology and Industrial Relations (OTIR) in the Office of the Director at the National Cancer Institute (NCI).  In her role, she supports the management of grants and contracts for nanotechnology applications in cancer research with particular emphasis on the Centers of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence (CCNEs).  She has a breadth of experience in collaborations and partnerships between academic institutions, large companies and biotechnology start-ups for the successful translation of fundamental research into applications and products.  

Her background includes the research and development of nanotechnology in a variety of applications and employments including Rohm and Haas Company, Caliper Technologies, the NASA Ames Research Center, and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).  She received her Ph. D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh.   Dr. Molnar’s educational and professional background also includes pharmaceutical sciences, chemical engineering, and business (Wharton).  She joined OTIR as a consultant in July 2005.  


DATE:                        Thursday, June 15

Location:                     Bay Cafe and Deli
1875 Embarcadero Rd. Palo Alto
                       located at the Palo Alto Golf Course
                restaurant phone 650-856-0999
               Do NOT call restaurant for reservations. See below for Directions.

Timing:         6 PM  social hour
               7 PM  dinner
               8 PM  lecture

Cost:              $30 with advance registration
                  Half price for students, retired, and unemployed.
                  Free if you attend just the lecture at 8PM.
                                  (but please let us know for headcount)
                  $35 after registration deadline, if possible.  

PLEASE NOTE:  we accept cash or checks, but are unable to accept payment by credit card at this time.

Deadline for registration:    5 PM Thursday June 8.

Please register on the web site

Or, contact:  
       Lothar Kleiner


You should receive confirmation of your registration; if not, please contact us again.


Dinner choices (pick one when registering):        
               New York Strip Steak
               Filet of Salmon
               Vegetarian Pasta Primavara.

Note that we must request that you be liable for your registration fee if you register and do not attend; cancellation is allowed up to the registration deadline.


Bay Cafe and Deli
1875 Embarcadero Rd. Palo Alto
       located at the Palo Alto Golf Course
For general location of Bay Cafe and Deli, see Bay Cafe and Del

From Embarcadero Rd., turn left into the entrance driveway and park in the large parking lot on the left. Walk toward the golf course and the clubhouse - a set of white, concrete buildings (visible in the top left of the map). The restaurant is in this building complex.

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