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SELECTBIO Conferences BioEngineering, BioDetection & BioSensors 2019

Joyce Wong's Biography

Joyce Wong, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering, Boston University

Dr. Joyce Y. Wong (Fellow AAAS, AIMBE, BMES) is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering, and a College of Engineering Distinguished Faculty Fellow at Boston University. Her research is in the area of developing biomaterials for the early detection and treatment of disease. Her current projects include bioengineered patches for congenital heart defects in pediatric patients, targeted ultrasound theranostic agents to treat abdominal surgical adhesions, and targeted nanoparticle magnetic resonance imaging contrast agents for early detection of cardiovascular disease. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed publications, 11 pending or issued patents (is a graduate of the NSF I-CORPS program), and has mentored over 100 trainees. In 2017 she received the Charles DeLisi Distinguished Lecture and Award, the highest honor in Boston University’s College of Engineering. She is on the editorial board of several journals and in 2017 was a Volume Organizer for the Materials Research Society Bulletin. She is Associate Editor of the Journal of Biomedical Materials (Institute of Physics). In 2014, as the Inaugural Director of a Boston University Provost Initiative promoting women in STEM at all levels, she launched ARROWS (Advance, Recruit, Retain & Organize Women in STEM). In 2018, she received the Advocate of the Year AWARD from BU GWISE (Graduate Women in Science and Engineering).

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Biomaterials for the Early Detection and Treatment of Disease

Monday, 1 April 2019 at 18:00

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In this talk, I will present two different stories that illustrate the power of biomaterials in clinical applications. The first addresses a major challenge in developing surgical solutions for children with congenital heart disease. Current solutions involve multiple staged surgeries because the implants do not grow with the child. We have developed several methods to generate a layered tissue patch that mimics the cellular organization of native vessels and a bioMEMS device that can be used to assess physiological function of these tissue-engineered constructs with patient data input. The second story addresses our efforts to detect and prevent surgical adhesions, bands of tissue arising from abdominal surgeries that can lead to small bowel obstruction and infertility. The annual cost of adhesion-related complications to the US healthcare system is estimated to be as high as $5 billion. We have developed a novel formulation of ultrasound contrast agents that are stable for up to 4 days and target components found during the initial stage of adhesion formation.

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