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2019 Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer Principal Investigators’ Meeting

Meeting Information


The 2019 NCI Nano Alliance PI Meeting will be held on the Shady Grove Campus of the National Cancer Institute, Rockville, Maryland from September 24 to 26.

National Cancer Institute, Shady Grove
Conference Rooms 406/408/410
9609 Medical Center Drive
Rockville, MD


Due to changes in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services policy, meals can no longer be provided at our meetings. Attendees will be responsible for meals and/or light refreshments on their own at their own cost. The Shady Grove Campus has a café and a full-service cafeteria directly across from the conference center.


Register for the 2019 Alliance PI Meeting using the password included in your confirmation email.

Including PI(s), the following slots have been allotted for each award:

  • 7 participation slots for each Center of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence
  • 3 participation slots for each Innovative Research in Cancer Nanotechnology award
  • 4 participation slots for each T32 Cancer Nanotechnology Training Center

Registration deadline: Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Lodging and Travel


The NCI room block is at the Hilton Garden Inn.  To reserve your room, go to our reservation page for the Hilton Garden Inn and use the group name in your confirmation email.

Alternative hotels near the Shady Grove Campus:

Hilton Garden Inn Rockville Gaithersburg
14975 Shady Grove Rd, Rockville, MD 20850
(240) 507-1800

Courtyard by Marriott Rockville
2500 Research Blvd, Rockville, MD 20850
(301) 670-6700

Homewood Suites by Hilton Rockville-Gaithersburg
14975 Shady Grove Rd, Rockville, MD 20850
(240) 507-1900

Extended Stay America - Washington D.C. – Rockville
2621 Research Blvd, Rockville, MD 20850
(301) 654-8111


Traveling by Metro: The closest Metro (subway) stop to NCI Shady Grove is the Shady Grove Metro Station, on the Red Line. There is a free NCI shuttle from the metro to the NCI campus.  

From the Hilton Garden Inn: The hotel shuttle is an 11 person shuttle that will make several trips until all attendees have been transported. Additionally, the Hilton Garden Inn is only a short 12 minute walk from NCI Shady Grove, should you wish to walk.

Traveling by plane: The closest airports to the hotel are Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD); however, Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) also serves the Washington, D.C., area. The Metro system is accessible from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Taxi service is available from all airports.

Traveling by train: Union Station is the closest Amtrak station to the hotel and meeting venue. From there, you can take the Red Line metro towards Shady Grove to Shady Grove Metro Station. 

Traveling by car: Parking at the Shady Grove campus parking structure is free.  When you enter, please take a ticket and have your parking validated by security before you leave.

Special Needs

The National Institutes of Health and the hotel are in compliance with requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Please indicate any special needs on the registration form and we will make every effort to accommodate you.


Details subject to change

Day 1: Tuesday, September 24
Time Session
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Welcome and Introduction
  • Doug Lowy (NCI, NIH)
  • Janet Eary (NCI, NIH)
  • Piotr Grodzinski (NCI, NIH)
9:00 – 9:35 a.m. UCLA/Caltech/ISB Center Highlights and Takeaways
  • Jim Heath (ISB)
9:35 – 10:10 a.m. MSKCC Center Highlights and Takeaways
  • Michelle Bradbury (MSKCC)
10:10 – 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Nanomedicine: 2005 to Today
  • Omid Farokhzad (Brigham and Women’s Hospital)
11:00 – 11:45 a.m. Future of Cancer Research
  • Phuoc Tran (JHU)
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 – 1:20 p.m. TBD
  • Masakazu Kamata (UCLA)
1:20 – 1:40 p.m. TBD
  • Wasim Nasser (UNMC)
1:40 – 2:00 p.m. TBD
  • Gang Han ( UMass Worcester )
2:00 – 2:30 p.m. TBD
  • Miller/Weissleder (MGH)
2:30 – 2:50 p.m. Alliance Statistics and Highlights
  • Piotr Grodzinski (NCI)
2:50 – 3:20 p.m. Break and Alliance Celebration
3:20 – 5:20 p.m. T32 Program Overviews
  • Gayle Woloschak (NWU)
  • Kostia Sokolov (MD Anderson)
  • TBD (JHU)
  • Alexander Kabanov (UNC)
  • Jianghong Rao (Stanford)
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Coordination and Governance Committee Meeting (by invitation only)
Day 2: Wednesday, September 25
Time Session
9:00 – 9:35 a.m. UNC Chapel Hill Center Highlights and Takeaways
  • Leaf Huang (UNC Chapel Hill)
9:35 – 10:10 a.m. WUSTL Center Highlights and Takeaways
  • Sam Achilefu (WUSTL)
10:10 – 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 – 11:05 a.m. Northwestern Center Highlights and Takeaways
  • Chad Mirkin (Northwestern University)
11:05 – 11:50 a.m. What will the next 15 years look like for Cancer Nano?
  • TBD
11:50 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 – 1:20 p.m. UNC Clinical/Scientific Highlight Talk
  • Andrew Wang (UNC)
1:20 – 1:40 p.m. UCLA/Caltech/ISB Clinical/Scientific Highlight Talk
  • TBD
1:40 – 2:00 p.m. WUSTL Clinical/Scientific Highlight Talk
  • Greg Lanza (WUSTL)
2:00 – 2:20 p.m. Stanford Clinical/Scientific Highlight Talk
  • Alice Fan (Stanford)
2:20 – 2:40 p.m. MSKCC Clinical/Scientific Highlight Talk
  • TBD
2:40 – 3:00 p.m. Northwestern Clinical/Scientific Highlight Talk
  • TBD
3:00 – 3:20 p.m. Break
3:20 – 3:40 p.m. TBD
  • Shiladitya Sengupta (Brigham and Women’s Hospital)
3:40 – 4:00 p.m. TBD
  • Mark Grinstaff (BU)
4:00 – 4:30 p.m. Harvesting immunogenic cell death-inducing nanocarriers and catalytically active 2D and redox active nanomaterials for nano-enabled solid cancer immunotherapy
  • Andre Nel (UCLA)
4:30 – 5:00 p.m. Non-invasive NP tracking tool-kit to elucidate cancer biology and nanotherapeutics
  • Kit Lam (UC Davis)
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Poster Session, 2nd Floor Atrium
Day 3, Thursday, September 26
Time Session
9:00 – 9:35 a.m. Stanford Center Highlights and Takeaways
  • Shan Wang (Stanford)
9:35 – 10:05 a.m. CTC capture and purification to elucidate precision patient response to therapy
  • Hsian Rong Tseng (UCLA)
10:05 – 10:25 a.m. Break
10:25 – 10:55 a.m. Hyperloaded poly(2-oxazoline) micelles as drug carriers for cancer therapy
  • Alexander Kabanov (UNC)
10:55 – 11:25 a.m. Novel nano-enhanced radiotherapy for drug resistant cancer
  • Lily Yang (Emory University)
11:25 – 11:55 a.m. Nanoscale metal-organic framework-enabled radiotherapy-radiodynamic therapy potentiates checkpoint blockade cancer immunotherapy
  • Wenbin Lin (University of Chicago)
11:55 p.m. – 12:25 p.m. Treatment of glioblastoma using chain-like nanoparticles directed to PTPu
  • Efstathios Karathanasis (CWRU)
12:25 – 12:55 p.m. Poster Prizes and Closing Comments
  • Piotr Grodzinski (NCI)
1:00 p.m. Adjournment

Abstract Information

Oral Presentation Abstracts

Deadline: September 6, 2019
If you have been invited to speak at the NCI Nano Alliance PI Meeting, please submit your abstract and biography.

Poster Abstract Submission

Deadline: September 6, 2019
You will be notified by September 7 as to whether your abstract has been accepted for poster presentation at the meeting.

It is requested that each award present poster(s) to disseminate the research associated with individual projects from over the last year.  The posters should include and represent the projects funded by their Alliance-funded NCI grant.  Poster examples include: progress by primary projects, pilot projects recently funded from NCI RFPs and their aims for the following year, pilot projects initiated by CCNEs from their original awards and leveraged funding, Core projects, developmental projects, Grand Challenge projects, trainee projects funded under the NCI Alliance awards, etc.

Posters should represent any of the above, and the total number is limited relative to award type as specified below.  The presenters can be any trainee or investigator attached to the award whom will be attending the PI Meeting.

The project poster allotments for each award, are:

  • CCNE (U54): 4-6 posters per each group
  • IRCN (U01): 1-2 posters per each group
  • CNTC (T32): 2 posters per each group

If you wish to present a poster at the NCI Nano Alliance PI Meeting, please submit your abstract and biography.

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