December Dinner Meeting: Dr. Carl G. Simon, Jr

On Saturday, December 9th, the December CSW meeting will be held at Alfio’s La Trattoria, featuring a presentation by Dr. Carl G. Simon, Jr. This meeting is co-sponsored by the CSW Senior Chemists Committee. Logistics can be found below.

Biography: Dr. Carl G. Simon, Jr

Dr. Simon is a biologist and Project Leader in the Biomaterials Group at the National Institute of Standards & Technology. He earned a B.S. in Biology from Bucknell University in 1992 and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Virginia in 1998, where his thesis focused on signal transduction during human platelet aggregation. He trained as a post-doctoral fellow in the NIST Polymers Division and became a staff scientist at NIST in 2003. He has lead projects on tissue engineering and biomaterial scaffolds with a focus on cell-material interactions since 2007. Dr. Simon is Chair of ASTM Committee F04.43 “Cells and Tissue-Engineered Constructs”, where documentary standards are being developed to support the development of medical products. Dr. Simon is active in the Society for Biomaterials and is on the editorial board for Biomaterials and Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part B.

Abstract: Tissue Engineering Scaffolds for Osteogenic Applications

The use of scaffolds to engineer bone has been investigated from several perspectives.  In one track, osteoprogenitor cells were cultured in several types of scaffolds and osteogenic differentiation was assessed.  In another track, the 3D shape of cells in scaffolds was measured and analyzed with computational methods to determine how 3D cell shapes affect the cell physical properties with regard to differentiation.  Finally, a high-throughput method for assessing osteogenesis in vivo has been developed that enables 19 osteogenic formulations to be tested in one mouse using the subcutaneous implantation model. Results will be presented and discussed in terms of how they may improve bone tissue engineering.

Meeting Logistics

Date: Saturday, December 9
Time: 11:39 a.m. check-in, noon lunch, 1:00 p.m. presentation

Location: Alfio’s La Trattorio Restaurant, 4515 Willard Avenue, Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815

Menu:  Choice of entrée: Chicken Dorati, Veal Piccata, or Eggplant Parmigiano. Served with a house salad, bread, beverage (coffee, tea or soft drinks), and ice cream sandwiches. Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.
Cost: $30 Members / Guests, $15 Students

RSVP by noon on Wednesday, December 6th to [email protected]  or by phone (messages only: 202-659-2650).  Space is limited for this event, and registration will be taken on a first-come basis.

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