1st International Symposium in Nanotechnology: Approaches for Healthcare Application

27 de novembro de 2019, 09h00 até 29 de novembro de 2019, 18h00
Auditório do Bosque da Ciência - Instituto Nacional de Pesquisa da Amazônia - INPA - Manaus, AM

Informações

Dear colleagues and guests,

On behalf of the organizing committee, it is my great pleasure and honor to welcome you to the 1st International Symposium on Nanotechnology and the 4th seminar of VAHVISTUS project, held in Manaus, Brazil with the theme: Approaches for healthcare application. This three-day symposium will focus on the recent advancement made in different areas of human health-care nanotechnology research. The main goal of this event is to promote discussion and dissemination of scientific information on nanotechnology among students, professionals and practicing researchers in the field.

The symposium features regional, national and international researchers from different expertise that will deliver presentations covering topics of current interest in the area of nanotechnology. The event will be hosted by The National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA), a world-renowned institution for its high-quality research. This is a unique opportunity to be part of an outstanding international meeting in Manaus, one of the most amazing Brazilian cities when it comes to natural beautiful sceneries and warm-hearted people.

Finally, I hope the meeting can provide a key scientific networking interface for all participants that come together. Also, I expect that the symposium may promote friendship and reciprocal understanding among our Brazilian fellows and overseas friends.

I look forward to seeing you in Manaus in November 2019.

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Dr. Gemilson Soares Pontes

President of the 1st International Symposium in Nanotechnology

Associate Researcher, INPA

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P.s:The program below is preliminary. So, changes might happen until the event opening.

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Palestrantes

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Francisco Humberto Xavier Júnior

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Antônio Luiz Ribeiro Boechat Lopes

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Francisco Xavier Nobre

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Andriy Grafov

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Aleksandr Rozhenko

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Oleksandr Kotiusk

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Dalila Bousta

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Hicham Bekkari

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Dra. Antonia Maria Ramos Franco Pereira

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Vitalii Rudiuk

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Svitlana Gureyeva

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Maurizio Avella

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Frederico Pittella

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Andre Rodrigues dos Reis

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Sabrina Carola Carroccio

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Luiz Lopes Lozano

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Peter Kima

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Pierfrancesco Cerruti

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Luciano Falqui

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Camila Quinetti Paes

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Silvia Staniscuaski Guterres

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Evan Craig

Programação:

Welcome and registration Credenciamento

Openning ceremony Abertura

Lecture: Advances and challenges in the application of nanotechnology approaches on neglected diseases treatment Palestra · Dra. Antonia Maria Ramos Franco Pereira

Cocktail Coquetel

Panel discussion: Nanomaterial-based strategies for pharmaceutical formulations Mesa-redonda · Oleksandr Kotiusk, Vitalii Rudiuk, Svitlana Gureyeva

Coffee Break Coffee break

Lecture: Inorganic drug-vector nanostructures against cancer and neglected tropical diseases. Palestra · Andriy Grafov

Lunch break Almoço

Panel discussion: Designing Drug-Delivery Nanoparticles Mesa-redonda · Pierfrancesco Cerruti, Aleksandr Rozhenko, Francisco Humberto Xavier Júnior

Lecture: Nanoparticles for siRNA delivery to tumors Palestra · Frederico Pittella

Coffee Break Coffee break

Lecture: The Leishmania PI3Kinase CII is a secreted protein that is a potential target of new anti-Leishmania drugs Palestra · Peter Kima

Lecture: Production of Astaxanthin from Haematococcus Pluvialis cultured in polymer based close photobioreators Palestra

Panel discussion: Phamacological potential of natural compounds for nanoencapsulation Mesa-redonda · Antônio Luiz Ribeiro Boechat Lopes, Dalila Bousta, Hicham Bekkari

Coffee Break Coffee break

Lecture: Therapeutic applications of lipid-core nanocapsules Palestra · Silvia Staniscuaski Guterres

Lunch break Almoço

Panel discussion: Nanotechnology for treatment of neurodegenerative and infectious diseases Mesa-redonda · Francisco Xavier Nobre, Evan Craig

Panel discussion: Modulating the immune system through nanotechnology Mesa-redonda · Sabrina Carola Carroccio, Camila Quinetti Paes, Luiz Lopes Lozano

Coffee Break Coffee break

Lecture: Agronomic biofortification of crops with nanofertilizer containing micronutrients: effects on human nutrition and health Palestra · Andre Rodrigues dos Reis

Closing ceremony Encerramento

Auditório do Bosque da Ciência - Instituto Nacional de Pesquisa da Amazônia - INPA

Avenida Rodrigo Otávio

Coroado , Manaus - AM

69080-005

Auditório do Bosque da Ciência - Instituto Nacional de Pesquisa da Amazônia - INPA

Avenida Rodrigo Otávio

Coroado , Manaus - AM

69080-005

1st International Symposium in Nanotechnology

The organizing and the technical-scientific committees are composed of researchers and students from INPA, UFAM, HEMOAM and VAHVISTUS consortium.

Francisco Humberto Xavier Júnior

University Potiguar


Francisco Humberto Xavier Júnior got his Ph.D. in Therapeutic Innovation at the Université Paris-Sud XI (UPSud)-France and Biotechnology at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN)- Brazil (2015- cotutelle), and did two post-docs, one at the Federal University of Pernambuco (UFPE)-Brazil (2018) and another one at the University College London (UCL)- School of Pharmacy- United Kingdom (2019). Currently, Humberto Xavier is associate professor of the Post-graduate Program in Biotechnology at the University Potiguar (UnP)- Natal/Brazil. His research interests involve the rational development of nanosized colloidal systems containing natural product as bioactive delivery vehicles. These systems are designed to deliver an active molecule to its site of action more ef?ciently and avoid toxicity, and are particularly applicable to anti-cancer, anti-infectious and neuroprotective drugs.

Antônio Luiz Ribeiro Boechat Lopes

Federal University of Amazonas


Graduated in Medicine from the Federal University of Amazonas (UFAM-1998), made a residency in Medical Clinic and Rheumatology at the Getúlio Vargas University Hospital (1999-2003) in Manaus, earning the title of Specialist in Clinical Medicine and Emergency Medicine from the Brazilian Society of Clinics. MD (2000 and 2003) and Title of Specialist in Rheumatology by the Brazilian Society of Rheumatology (2002). In 2010, completed a PhD in Biotechnology at the Federal University of Amazonas (concentration area: biotechnologies for health). Was professor of the disciplines of Semiology, Clinical Medicine (Rheumatology) and Emergency Medicine at the University of the State of Amazonas (2003-2010). In 2011, was Assistant Visiting Professor of the Postgraduate Program in Basic and Applied Immunology at UFAM. He is currently Associate Professor IV Doctor of the Discipline of Medical Immunology and Psychoneuroimmunology at the Institute of Biological Sciences of the Federal University of Amazonas. Clinical Trial Specialist, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Heatlh (2018). Coordinator of the Basic and Applied Immunology Program of the Federal University of Amazonas. Has experience in Clinical Rheumatology and research in immunogenetics, molecular biology of autoimmune and infectious diseases, experimental models of inflammation and autoimmunity, pharmacology of antiarthritic and immunobiological drugs, and cardiovascular aspects of Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Francisco Xavier Nobre

Federal University of Amazonas


Francisco Xavier Nobre  has a degree in Chemistry from the Federal University of Piauí - UFPI, Master (2015-2017) and Doctoral Student (2017-2021) in Materials Chemistry from the Graduate Program in Chemistry of the Federal University of Amazonas (UFAM). However, doing a PhD Student at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto. As well, effective professor in exclusive dedication regime in Chemistry discipline of the Federal Institute of Amazonas - IFAM, Campus Coari. Has experience in the study of biodegradable polymers and semiconductor oxides. Mainly related to the synthesis characterization and application in catalytic, antimicrobial and optical reactions of materials processed by the Sonoquímica (SQ), conventional hydrothermal (HC), hydrothermal microwave (MH), chemical precipitation (PQ) and sol-gel methods.

Andriy Grafov

University of Helsink


Coordinator of Horizon 2020 MSCA-RISE-2016-734759 project acronym VAHVISTUS. He is a Professor of Inorganic Chemistry at the IGIC-NAS (Ukraine) since 2001. He received his University Degree (MSc) at the T.G.Shevchenko National University, Kiev, Ukraine since 1982 and Doctorate PhD in Chemistry at the Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry (IGIC) of the Academy of Sciences of Ukrainian SSR, Kiev. Diploma issued by the Supreme Certifying Commission at the Council of Ministers of the USSR.

Doctor of Chemical Sciences at the V.I. Vernadskii IGIC of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) of Ukraine, Kiev since 2001. Professor of Universities (qualified as) since 2005, National Council of Universities (CNU, France). For scientific expert positions, he is an expert of FP7, appointed scientific expert (EC-REA, Brussels, Belgium) since 2009 until 2013 and Expert of the International Association for the Promotion of Co-operation with Scientists from the New Independent States of the Former Soviet Union) (Brussels, Belgium) since 1998 until 2006. He was Co-ordinator of FP7-PEOPLE-IRSES-2011-295262 project acrconym VAIKUTUS since 2012 until 2016.   

Positions at the IGIC-NAS (Kiev, Ukraine) in 1982 – 2001:

  • PhD student (1982-1985), research chemist (1985-1988), junior scientist (1988), research scientist (1989), senior research scientist (1990-2001)
  • Ukrainian Principal Investigator in an international cooperation project INTAS-UA-95-210 (EU – Ukraine) (1997-2000)                 
  • Ukrainian co-director of Joint Italo-Ukrainian Laboratory “Innovative Materials” International full-time visiting positions (1998-2001)     
  • Visiting researcher (NATO) at the Laboratory of Macromolecular Chemistry and Advanced Organic Materials (LEMP-MAO) of the University of Montpellier 2, (Montpellier, France) (2004 –2006)
  • Visiting Professor at E. Mano Institute of Macromolecules of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (IMA-UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) (2001- 2004 and 05-08. 1996)
  • Guest Scientist (JSPS) at Muroran Institute of Technology (Hokkaido, Japan) (1999–2000)
  • French Government fellow at the University of Montpellier 2 (France) (1997–1998)
  • Visiting researcher at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Lausanne, Switzerland) (02 - 04 1995)   
  • Visiting Professor at the Institute of Chemistry, Inorganic Technologies and Advanced Materials of the National Research Council (ICTIMA-CNR, Padua, Italy) (1992 - 1994)

Research management and personnel administration, Grants:

  • 5 Research Projects, visiting professor, responsible (Finland, France, Japan)
  • Ukrainian Principal Investigator of the International Project INTAS-UA-95-210 (EU-Ukraine);
  • Ukrainian co-Director of Joint Italo-Ukrainian Research Laboratory “Innovative Materials” (between the ICTIMA-CNR and the IGIC-NAS, 1998-2001).
  • The cooperation gave rise to 17 articles published in peer-reviewed journals,
  • 2 defended PhD theses at the IGIC-NAS, and a number of reciprocal visits.
  • Research group head at the IGIC-NAS 1989-2001

Actual research subjects and subjects under development:

  • Knowledge-based multifunctional nanocomposite inorgano-bioorganic materials
  • Design, synthesis in-situ, characterisation, and application;
  • Natural biopolymers and natural bioactive compounds for nanocomposite development;
  • Polymers with tailor-made chain microstructure via coordination polymerisation;
  • Biocompatible/biodegradable polymers
  • Chemistry of multifunctional coordination compounds and inorganic materials: layered double hydroxides

Aleksandr Rozhenko

National Institute of Organic Chemistry


Professor of organic chemistry at State Shevchenko University (Kiev, Ukraine), Faculty of chemistry. He is a head of Department of Physicochemical Investigations at the Institute of Organic Chemistry, National Academy of Science of Ukraine since 2016. He got his PhD fellowship at the Institute of Organic Chemistry, Academy of Science of Ukraine (1987-1991) in organic chemistry, NMR spectroscopy under the supervision of Dr V.M. Bzhezovsky, Dissertation: "33S NMR investigation of the intramolecular interactions in linear and cyclic sulfones" in 1992.

He is researcher and senior researcher of the Institute of Organic Chemistry, National Academy of Science of Ukraine (1992-1996). Postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Bielefeld, Faculty of chemistry under the supervision of Professor Wolfgang Schoeller, working on quantum chemistry (1996-1998). He has been working as a senior researcher at the Institute of Organic Chemistry, National Academy of Science of Ukraine (2006-2015) and at the University of Bielefeld, Faculty of chemistry as a guest researcher (1998-2006) 

Oleksandr Kotiusk

National Institute of Organic Chemistry


Professor of chemistry at the Institute of Organic Chemistry, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. He is a head of Organophosphorus Department since 2009. He received his PhD degree in Kyiv (Ukraine) in 1991. Then, he joined Institute of Organic Chemistry where in 2009 he received Doctor of Sciences degree in organic and elementoorganic chemistry. His research focuses on the synthesis and the chemistry of organophosphorus compounds, the design and synthesis of functionalized phosphines and carbenes. He is the author of 100 peer-reviewed publications. He has supervised 5 PhD students and several post-docs.

Dalila Bousta

Faculty of Science, Sidi Mohammed ben Abdellah University, Fes, Morocco


Professor of Phytopharmacology at the Faculty of Sciences of Fez, Sidi Mohammed ben Abdellah University of Morocco Since 2003. She received his PhD degree in Pharmacology at Lorraine University in Metz-France. Since 2011 until 2015, she is a Vice Director of Research, Cooperation and Training in National Institute of Medicinal and aromatic Plant NIMAP- Morocco. Since 2006 until March 2015, she is a Head of Research team in Phytotherapy and Traditional Pharmacopeia, in National Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, Morocco. She is Coordinator of University Diploma in Traditional Pharmacopeia and Phytotherapy at the NIMAP of Morocco since 2010 until 2012 and Coordinator of Organic certification procedure of some wild and cultivated medicinal plants in Taounate region, Morocco since 2011 until 2012. She is Consultant for a pharmaceutical company, (France) since 2012. Since 2011 until now, she is Permanent member of scientific committee of Phytotherapy journal and Reviewer in several International journals such as Toxicological and Health industry", Phytotherapy, Springer, BioDiCon; Moroccan Journal of Biology.

In the frame of European Programs, she was Moroccan coordinator of several European projects and responsible of the research activities of many projects:

  • Moroccan Coordinator of the European Program H2020 (2016-2021): Research group: Ethnobotanical and Toxicological Investigations on the FSDM-USMBA-Morocco side, Project Acronym: VAHVISTUS - Project Number: 734759, "Integrative development of smart drug-vector nanostructures for adaptive drug delivery into target cells".

  • Coordinator on the Morocco side, Erasmus + Mobility Program with the University of Helsinki in Finland (2018-2020);

  • Coordination of MOOC Project (2017-2018): Massive Open On line Courses: Title: Phytotherapy and Moroccan Traditional Pharmacopoeia, Moroccan Ministry Call (MESRSFC), / Cooperation and Cultural Action Service (SCAC) of the Embassy of France (SCAC);

  • Moroccan coordinator of the project of Interuniversity Scientific Cooperation (AUF-PCSI), N° BMO / A710-SN2012-049 "valorisation of food residues in the development of nutraceuticals with anticancer potential and / or redox modulator" (2012-2014);

  • Member of the pilot team of the CNRST Project - 'Eco-extraction of Saffron bio-waste: Green technology and alternative solvents', Typology A (2014-2017);

  • Member of the pilot team of CINEA Project, Program capacities, call ID, "FP7-INCO-2013-9", proposal N ° 609495 "EUMED cooperation to foster innovation and exploitation in the agro-food domain" (2013-2016);

  • Member of the pilot team of  of the EMAP-FP7-INCO-People -IRSES Project "Edible Medicinal and Aromatic Plants"; FP7-PEOPLE 2009-IRSES, n° 247548 (2011-2014);

  • Member of the pilot team of 7PCRD Grant agreement no: 266575, MAP2ERA, Strengthening EU cooperation capacity of the National Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants of Morocco: Towards Morocco's integration into the ERA (2012-2013).

She is the author of 60 publications in Ethnopharmacology, biomedical research, medicinal plants and derivatives, 4 National patents in valorization of PAM, 1 International patent in valorization of PAM, 1 Book, 1 chapter of Book and more than 30 lectures and oral communications.

Hicham Bekkari

Faculty of Science, Sidi Mohammed ben Abdellah University, Fes, Morocco


Dr. Hicham BEKKARI is Professor of Genetics and Molecular Biology at the Faculty of Sciences Dhar El Mahraz, Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah University. He holds a doctorate from the Henri Poincaré University of Nancy-France, in molecular and cellular biology. He did his research at the Laboratory of Biochemistry of the Faculty of Medicine of Nancy, the National Institute of Health and Medical Research in Nancy (INSERM) and the laboratory of Biotechnology at the Faculty of Sciences of Fez. Professor H.BEKKARI is co-founder of the Biodiversity Bioenergy and Environment Consortium: BBE RESEARCH GROUP, he is also part of the monitoring committee of the Biotechnology Competence Center. He is Research Director of several doctoral thesis work, author and co-author of several publications of articles in specialized national and international scientific journals. He is a member participating in scientific research projects, coordinator, member of scientific committees and organization of numerous events.

Dra. Antonia Maria Ramos Franco Pereira

Amazon National Research Institute - INPA


Graduated in Biological Sciences from Souza Marques Educational Technical Foundation (1983), Masters in Parasitic Biology from Oswaldo Cruz Foundation / RJ (1990), PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology from Oswaldo Cruz Foundation / RJ (1995) with part of the study developed at Yale University (USA) with CAPES sandwich doctorate scholarship. Is currently a researcher III at the National Amazon Research Institute, a research productivity fellow at CNPq, and a professor at the Centro Universitário do Norte (UNINORTE), UNINILTON LINS and UNIP. Has a Marie Curie certificate of participation in the European Community exchange for the acronym project Vaikutus from the University of Helsinki and is responsible for the Leishmaniasis and Chagas Disease laboratory of INPA's Society, Environment and Health Research Coordination (CSAS), conducting research, postgraduate teaching and extension activities.

Vitalii Rudiuk

Farmak


Dr Vitalii is head of API Synthesis Laboratory. He is responsible for the management of the development, testing, optimization of API synthesis technologies. He also coordinate the implementation and transfer of API synthesis technologies.

Svitlana Gureyeva

Farmak


Doctor of Pharmaceutical Science, associative professor in pharmaceutical technologies in Industrial pharmacy, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Faculty of Pharmacy, Scientific Council for thesis defense - D 35.600.02 , The Danylo Halytsky Lviv National Medical University, Ministry of Health of Ukraine, Lviv, 2016,  Ukraine. Thesis on speciality - 15.00.01 – Drug technology, pharmaceutical organization and forensic pharmacy: “Theoretical and experimental substantiation of the technology of solid dosage forms in accordance with the Biopharmaceutics Classification System of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients” Scientific consultant: Doctor of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Professor Hroshoviy T. A.

Maurizio Avella

Institute of Polymers, Composites and Biomaterials


Research director at the Institute of Polymers, Composites and Biomaterials of Italian Research Council. Maurizio Avella has worked for more than 30 years on researches dealing with plastic materials. His main research interests include the following topics: study of interfacial phenomena in polymer-based multicomponent systems, achievement of polymer-based nanocomposites and environmental friendly materials. He has published over than 130 papers on topics related to polymer science. His H index is 41 (google scholar). In the frame of European Programs, he was international coordinator of five European projects and responsible for CNR of the research activities of many projects.

Recently, he was the international coordinator of the LITE MERMAIS project: "Mitigation of microplastics impact caused by textile washing processes". This project has tackled this pervasive source of marine ecosystems pollution by developing and validating innovative technologies, additives for laundry processes and finishing treatments of fabrics that can reduce the amount of microplastics released into wastewater and consequently in marine environment.

Frederico Pittella

UFJF


Professor Frederico Pittella completed his undergraduate in Pharmacy and Biochemistry and Masters in Biological Sciences at Federal University of Juiz de Fora (2006 and 2008). He became PhD in Bioengineering at The University of Tokyo, Japan (2011), followed by a Post-doc position in Medicine at the same university (2012). Later, he joined the Department of Pharmacy at the Federal University of Santa Catarina as a Post-doc (2013–2014). Currently, he is the vice director of Faculty of Pharmacy at Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Brazil. His research interests include the design, preparation, and application of drug and gene delivery systems based on nanotechnology for cancer treatment, in special through RNAi effect.

Andre Rodrigues dos Reis

São Paulo State University (UNESP), School of Science and Engineering


Andre Rodrigues dos Reis is Associate Professor at the Department of Biosystems Engineering of the São Paulo State University (UNESP). He received his Ph.D. degree in Engineering from Waseda University, Tokyo – Japan in 2013. His research program focuses mainly in develop new techniques to elucidate the physiology mechanisms underlying phytonutrient biosynthesis and nutrient metabolism aiming genetic and agronomic biofortification of edible crops. The goal of his research is to improve the nutritional quality and health-promoting chemical properties of crops. Currently, Reis Lab is working on the development and application of nanofertilizer containing zinc and selenium to improve the bioavailability of micronutrients in human body.

Sabrina Carola Carroccio

University of Catania


Sabrina Carola Carroccio received the Master Degree in Industrial Chemistry (110/110 cum laude) and Ph.D. degree from the University of Catania in 1997 and 2002, respectively.  From 2001 to July 2016, she has worked at the Institute of Polymer, Composites and Biomaterials (IPCB-CNR Catania Unit). On August 2016 she moved to IMM-CNR, Catania (University). Her research interests on degradation include characterization of macromolecules by Mass Spectrometry (MS) techniques, pyrolysis, thermo and photo oxidation mechanisms of polymers. Particularly, she has worked on the development of modern MS as a new method for studying deterioration mechanisms of polymeric materials. Recently, she has started to work in the field of polymer nanocomposites for application in the field of water purification, smart drug release and photocatalysis. She has been scientific responsible of several research agreements CNR-enterprises, responsible for research tasks in national scientific projects, as well as partecipant at international projects. From 2016 she is member of the board of the Italian Macromolecular Science and Technology Association (AIM). She held 5 invited presentation schools on polymer characterization. She was invited to write 2 books chapters upon polymer degradation by using modern MS methods.She has authored 47 peer reviewed international papers, 5 book chapters and more than 60 contributions to National and International meetings. To date, Sabrina Carola Carroccio has received 1022 citations, which yield an H-index of 22.

 

Luiz Lopes Lozano

Fundação de Medicina Tropical Dr Heitor Vieira Dourado


Biologist – Universidad Nacional de Trujillo - Perú (1985). Master in Chemistry – INPA/UFAM(1996) and PhD in Biological Sciences (Molecular Biology) Universidade de Brasilia (2002). Professor at the Centro Universitário do Norte-UNINORTE (School of Health Sciences) and a researcher of the Fundação de Medicina Tropical Dr Heitor Vieira Dourado.  Experience in molecular biology - proteomics and molecular toxinology acting on the following subjects: animal toxins, nanoimmunochemistry, natural products and biocosmetics of the Amazonian biodiversity.

Peter Kima

University of Florida


Dr. Peter Kima’s research focuses on elucidating the mechanisms that Leishmania parasites employ to survive in their mammalian hosts. Dr. Kima received his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). He proceeded to obtain a Master’s in Public Health with a focus in Parasitology from the School of Public Health at Tulane University. He then matriculated in the Hahnemann University (currently Drexel University) Interdisciplinary Molecular Biology and Genetic Engineering PhD program where he performed his thesis research in the laboratory of Dr. Carole Long. After obtaining his Ph.D, Dr Kima performed Postdoctoral studies at Yale University in the laboratory of Dr. Diane McMahon-Pratt. It is during his Postdoctoral doctoral studies that he became fascinated with the biology of the interactions of Leishmania parasites and macrophages. He performed studies on antigen presentation of Leishmania proteins to CD4+ and CD8+ T cells. He also performed studies in the laboratory of Dr. Norma Andrews where he contributed to studies that evaluated the role of lysosomes in the entry of T. cruzi into non-phagocytic cells. For the past 20 years Dr. Kima has been at the University of Florida in the Department of Microbiology and Cell Sciences. Presently, there are 3 major projects in Dr Kima’s laboratory. They include the evaluation of the role of PI3K signaling in Leishmania infections; Evaluation of new compounds that block the retrograde pathway in mammalian cells but also block the formation of Leishmania parasitophorous vacuoles; Evaluation of the role of exosomes that are released from Leishmania-infected cells in the formation and maintenance of Leishmania lesions. Dr. Kima has been a member of several NIH grant review panels. Studies in Dr Kima’s lab are supported by funds from the NIH.

Pierfrancesco Cerruti

Institute for Polymers, Composites and Biomaterials (IPCB-CNR)


Pierfrancesco Cerruti is research scientist at IPCB-CNR. He graduated in Organic Chemistry and got his Ph.D. in Materials Engineering at the University of Napoli Federico II. The research fields of his interest concern polymeric materials and their blends, biobased and biodegradable composites and nanocomposites, stimuli-responsive materials, as well as polymer degradation and stabilization. He's responsible for the polymer processing lab at IPCB-CNR. Dr. Cerruti has been co-advisor of 4 PhD, 12 Master, and 5 Bachelor theses. He has participated as a research unit leader and technical board member in several Italian and EU funded research projects. The main fields of interest are the preparation and characterization of synthetic and natural polymers and composites for packaging, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, biomaterials. In particular, his activity is mainly devoted to:
- Polymer degradation and stability;
- Shape memory polymers;

 - Biobased and biodegradable polymers, blends and composites;
 - Nanostructured hybrid materials;
  - Polymer-based micro-and nano-particles for triggered and controlled delivery.
The results of the scientific activity have been reported in over 75 papers in ISI journals, 5
patents, 5 book chapters.

Luciano Falqui

Università degli Studi di Torino Turin


Dr. Luciano Falqui was born in Genova (Italy) in 1969, April 6th. He received his master degree in Industrial Chemistry at the University of Genova on 1996. From 1997 to 2004, he worked at the National Council of Research (CNR) by studying extrusion and injection molding processing and Transmission Electron Microscopy characterization of composites and polymeric nanocomposites materials. In November 2004 he moves to Sicarb srl as project manager in the field of renewable energy sources. After, he founded Greenertech srl, a start-up company on innovative processes for renewable energy production. At the same time, as R&D Project Manager of Plastica Alfa SpA, he is the scientific coordinator of several National and European Projects concerning technologies for water treatment based on advanced polymeric materials. His interests include also biomass energy conversion and production of high temperature syngas and biofuels from organic waste. In the last six years he is involved in the development of algae bio-reactors for CO2 capture as well as the production and high value products for pharmaceutical products.

Camila Quinetti Paes

Faculdade de Enfermagem - UFJF


Posdoctoral researcher at the Graduate school of Nursing of the Federal University of Juiz de Fora (2018-2020). PhD in Chemical Engineering (concentration area in biomedical engineering) from the Federal University of Santa Catarina (2017), where conducted studies related to the development of artificial skin. Holds a Master's degree in Health Sciences from the Department of Advanced Wound Management at the University of Tokyo - Japan (2012). Former Japanese Government Research Fellow (MEXT - Monbukagakusho). Graduated in Nursing from the Federal University of Juiz de Fora (2007). Has experience in Nursing, Molecular Biology and Bioengineering through the development of clinical trials, in vivo and in vitro experiments to investigate healing-inducing biomolecules and related molecular mechanisms, as well as the development of innovative strategies for wound monitoring and treatment.

Silvia Staniscuaski Guterres

Universidade Feeral do Rio Grande do Sul


Bachelor's at Faculdade de Farmácia from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (1985), master's at Programa de Pós Graduação Ciências Farmacêuticas from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (1990) and doctorate at Faculté de Pharmacie from Université Paris-Sud 11 (1995). Has experience in Pharmacy, focusing on Pharmacotechnie, acting on the following subjects: nanocapsules, nanoparticles, microparticles and micropartículas.

Evan Craig

University of Florida


PhD student in Dr. Peter Kima's lab in the Microbiology and Cell Science Department at the University of Florida. He earned his Bachelor's degree from Middle Tennessee State University in Microbiology and studied the lipid composition of red and green algae from the Gulf of Mexico. Once in graduate school, his interest shifted to host-pathogen interactions and He joined Dr. Kima's lab to study Leishmania parasite infections. He currently study and evaluate a class of retrograde pathway inhibitor molecules known as Retro-2 and its analogs, DHQZ 36 and DHQZ 36.1, for their efficacy against Leishmania infections.