Larry A. Nagahara

Dr. Larry A. Nagahara
Director, Division of Cancer Biology
National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Health (NCI/NIH)
“Testing the Landscape of Oncology: An Engineering and Physical Sciences Perspectives”
Thursday, April 17, 2014
1:30 pm-2:30 pm
Engineering & Science (ITC) Building ES 2008
(Light refreshment will be served)

ABSTRACT: More than 40 years ago, the U.S. government declared a “war on cancer” and committed to investing in laboratory and clinical research in order to understand the causes of cancer and thereby aid its diagnosis, treatment, and cure. Despite enormous advances and important improvements in the diagnosis and treatment of many cancers, the “war” has in significant ways progressed less than originally hoped. In an attempt to bring in different perspectives into cancer, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) launched the Physical Sciences in Oncology Initiative in 2008 with the goal of exploring opportunities to advance cancer research by integrating physical scientists and physical sciences approaches with the more traditional research effort in cancer biology and clinical oncology. In this talk, examples of blending physical sciences/engineering perspectives with oncology will be presented to illustrate that fostering the development of innovating and promising approaches could lead to a paradigm shift in the way we understand and ultimately and treat this disease.

Brief Bio: of Dr. Nagahar: Dr. Nagahara is an Associate Director in the Division of Cancer Biology at the National Cancer Institute (NCI)/National Institutes of Health (NIH), where he directs and coordinates NCI’s Physical Sciences in Oncology Initiative that brings research activities related to expanding the role of the physical sciences and engineering in cancer research, which includes the Physical Sciences – Oncology Centers (PS-OC) Program.  Previously, he served as the Nanotechnology Projects Manager for NCI's Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer in which he helped oversee the development of promising nano-based diagnostics and therapeutics projects and turned them into applications that ultimately benefit cancer-care.  He currently represents NCI on the NIH Biomarker Consortium, Cancer Steering Committee and the Trans-NIH Nano Task Force, which is tasked to develop NIH-wide scientific and policy vision for nanotechnology. He has been actively involved in advanced technologies for over 20 years, most notably novel scanning probe microscopy development, carbon nanotube applications, molecular electronics, nanoenergy, and nanosensors.  Before joining NCI, he was a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Motorola and led their nanosensor effort.  Dr. Nagahara has published over 95 technical papers, 3 book chapters, and over 25 patents issued/filed in these fields.  He is currently an adjunct professor (Department of Physics) at Arizona State University and an Associate Editor for IEEE Sensors Journal.  He is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), American Physical Society (APS), IEEE and a former member of Motorola's Scientific Advisory Board.