Februrary 2, 2019

Photonics West

Dr. Achilefu will be giving the keynote address at BIOS Hot Topics at Photonics West on 2 February 2019 on the topic “Power of Light to See and Treat Cancer.” He will discuss his goggle system—a headset paired with a simple fluorescent molecule—that allows surgeons to visualize cancer in the operating room.


November 10, 2018

MMRF Patient Summit

Chaired by Ravi Vij, MD, Washington University School of Medicine recently co-hosted with The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Patient Summit on November 10, 2018. Over 300 patients and caregivers joined leading experts present the latest in frontline therapy, stem cell transplantation, immunotherapy, and more. Dr. Ravi Vij presented on “Management of Multiple Myeloma: The Changing Paradigm.”


November 3, 2018

Spectra Outreach

Spectra, a student-led imaging society advised by Samuel Achilefu, PhD, aims to create and build a community at WUSTL centered on the student and advancement of different imaging modalities. On November 3, Spectra participated at the St. Louis Science Center’s SciFest: HealthyU exposition by presenting on basic ultrasound concepts. The theme of the event was “HealthyU” and consisted of hands-on activities and small demos to illustrate how ultrasound can be used to diagnose the human body. Also in collaboration with the Science Center and Dr. Matthew Lew, Spectra participated in Portal to the Public, a program designed to train scientists to better communicate with the public. The program culminated with a new thermal imaging demo that will be debuted to children at the Science Center next year. To cap off the Fall semester, Spectra hosted Lightscapes on December 14, 2018. Lightscapes is an art exhibition featuring work at the intersection of art, science, and technology where lighted is the main medium of expression.


November 2018

The Harvey and Linda Saligman Lecture

CMMN co-hosted the November 2018 Harvey & Linda Saligman Lecture as part of the 2018-2019 Marilyn Fixman Cancer Conference. This year’s invited speaker was Kenneth Anderson, MD from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute who spoke on “Novel Therapeutic Strategies in Multiple Myeloma.” Dr. Kenneth Anderson met with members of the Center for Multiple Myeloma Nanotherapy including Partha Karmakar; Kvar Black; Samuel Achilefu, PhD; Kenneth Anderson, MD; Monica Shokeen, PhD; Alex Zheleznyak; Dorota Grabowska, PhD; Matt Mixdorf; Nick Cho;  and Deep Hathi. 


September 2, 2018

2018 International Aerosol Conference

Hosted by the Center for Aerosol Science and Engineering, the 10th International Aerosol Conference convened at Washington University in St. Louis from September 2-7, 2018 with over 1,500 of the world’s leading scientists in aerosol science and engineering from 48 different countries in attendance. “This is a wide-ranging and fascinating field,” said Pratim Biswas, PhD, who chaired the conference. “Washington University is leading the way when it comes to this important focus of study, and we were so pleased to host some of the world’s best aerosol experts here in St. Louis for IAC 2018.” In addition to eight faculty members and their students having more than 65 presentations at the conference, the School of Engineering & Applied Science provided tours of the school’s engineering labs and hosted a reception. (Click here to read more)


July 23, 2018

Vasculata 2018

Vasculata 2018 was a 3 ½ day course held at Washington University at St. Louis on July 23-26, 2018. Monica Shokeen, PhD co-hosted the Vasculata workshop titled, “Noninvasive Imaging of the Vasculature using Quantitative Imaging Modalities” on July 25, 2018. This workshop was a combination of hand-on experience and didactic lectures on vascular injury and preclinical cancer models. The goal was to acquaint the participant with the current state-of-art imaging methodologies that can be utilized for imaging the changes in vasculature in various animal models of disease that closely mimic human condition.


Jun 1, 2018

Imaging Sciences Pathway Retreat 2018

CMMN was part of hosting the Imaging Sciences Pathway Retreat 2018, 21st century imaging sciences: pathways to discovery in St. Louis MO.  Keynote speakers Brian Pogue, PhD (Dartmouth) spoke on “Synergies between Optical and X-Ray Technologies, Enabling Clinical Diagnostics and Therapeutics” including CMMN’s TiO2 particles. Keynote speaker Christine Lorenz, PhD (Siemens Healthcare) spoke on “Translation of Medical Imaging Innovations: From Concept to Product to Clinical Adoption.”


May 22, 2018

Graduate Student Seminar (GSS): Imaging Research

Team Members: SPECTRA, Samuel Achilefu

The SPECTRA student-led imaging society, advised by Dr. Achilefu, conducted a seminar to students, faculty, and staff from the Washington University School of Medicine and Danforth campus. Guest lecture “Medical device development and regulations; designing a laser device for wound closure and a technology-based sleep aid” was delivered by Dr. Michael Larson. The seminar was advertised across all graduate departments and the SPECTRA mailing list.


May 2018:

Interdisciplinary Graduate Courses

CMMN members participate in interdisciplinary graduate course offerings:

Planned for Fall 2018:

  • (Biology and Biomedical Sciences) Principles and Applications of Biological Imaging
  • (Biomedical Engineering) Drug Delivery Principles and Applications

Completed Spring 2018:

  • (Biology and Biomedical Sciences, Biomedical Engineering) Fundamentals of contrasts for mesoscale, microscale and nanoscale imaging with optical, nuclear and magnetic resonance.


April 23, 2018

CMMN Outreach Mini Symposium

CMMN sponsored a program on April 23, 2018, which included Washington University Assistant Professor Hong Chen, PhD, from Radiation Oncology and Biomedical Engineering, and Keynote Speaker, Andrew Wang, MD, Associate Professor and Director of Clinical and Translational Research, Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Dr. Chen gave a talk titled, “iFEND: Image-guided focused ultra-sound-enabled nanoparticle delivery to the brain.” Dr. Wang’s talk was titled, “Nanoparticles, radiation and cancer immunotherapy.”


April 19, 2018

Graduate Student Seminar (GSS): Imaging Research

Team Members: SPECTRA, Samuel Achilefu

The SPECTRA student-led imaging society, advised by Dr. Achilefu, conducted a seminar to students, faculty, and staff from the Washington University School of Medicine and Danforth campus. The Graduate Student Seminar (GSS) Imaging Research speaker was Abraham Qavi, MD, PhD, whose talk was titled “The emerging Role of Optical Sensors in Modern Medicine.”


March 2018

National Cancer Institute (NCI) Think Tank

CMMN members, Drs. Monica Shokeen and Samuel Achilefu, served on the National Institutes of Health’s NCI Multiple Myeloma and Cancer Disparities Think Tank and Provocative Questions panel held in early March in Bethesda, Maryland. The NIH’s Center for Strategic Scientific Initiatives developed panels to identify perplexing problems to drive progress against cancer, in particular for this session, the emphasis was understanding the progression through the intermediate MGUS and smoldering stages to Multiple Myeloma. The group of scientific experts reviewed this emphasis in the context of various demographic groups and existing health disparities.


March 10, 2018

Myeloma Crowd Round Table 2018

Drs. Ravi Vij, Monica Shokeen, and Samuel Achilefu presented talks at the Myeloma Crowd Round Table on March 10, 2018, at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The presentations made difficult issues in myeloma research and treatment such as high‐risk, relapsed and refractory disease, understandable to a lay audience. Myeloma Crowd Round Tables provide patients and caregivers with information to help them make informed treatment decisions. Presenters included physicians and researchers from Washington University School of Medicine, University of Arkansas Myeloma Institute in Little Rock, University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, and Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York.


Feb 9, 2018

Distinguished Lecture Series at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Samuel Achilefu, PhD, presented a talk titled, “High throughput surgery using cancer goggles,” as a part of the Distinguished Lecture Series at the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, on February 9, 2018.


December 18, 2017

Ramesh Raliya, PhD, gave a talk at the Jai Narain Vyas University in Jodpur, India on December 18, 2017. Dr. Raliya’s talk was titled, “Nanotechnology for advancing human life”. In addition, he gave a talk at the Department of Chemical and Fertilizer and Prime Minister Office, Government of India, on December 13, 2017, titled, “Nanotechnology for sustainable food and agriculture”.


December 15, 2017

Washington University India Forum in New Delhi, India

Pratim Biswas, PhD, gave a keynote address at the on December 15, 2017, and in Taipei, China on January 18, 2018. Dr. Biswas’ talk title was “How Energy Choices Affect Agriculture, the Environment and Health.” Forum participants included business leaders, government officials, university faculty and administrators, Washington University alumni, and prospective students.


Dec 14, 2017

Emerging Nanotechnology Applications for Cancer Therapy

Samuel Achilefu, PhD, presented a talk titled, “High throughput surgery using cancer goggles,” at the Emerging Nanotechnology Applications for Cancer Therapy Conference on December 14, 2017 in Oklahoma City. The conference brought together leaders in the field to discuss new and emerging concepts, technologies and challenges in clinical advancement.


Sep 12, 2016

Amazing Things Podcast

United for Medical Research has undertaken the Amazing Things Podcasts because America’s investment in medical research – through the National Institutes of Health – is making amazing things possible. Listen to the full story of Samuel Achilefu’s efforts to improve cancer surgery through the use of cancer goggles. https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/united-for-medical-research/amazing-things-podcast-2/e/46339979


June 18 2016

Myeloma Crowd Round Table (Crowdcare Foundation)

Team Members: Ravi Vij, Samuel Achilefu, Monica Shokeen

The Myeloma Crowd Round Table on High-Risk Disease focused on some of the most difficult features of myeloma including genetic and chromosomal characteristics of myeloma spectrum diseases, which combination drug therapies are effective and available, the role of transplantation, tips to help each individual patient understand which treatment options might be best for them. Additional sessions included updates on immunotherapies and Washington University’s new Center for Multiple Myeloma Nanotherapy (CMMN). This was a wonderful, unique opportunity for patients and caregivers to get a variety of opinions from some of the top myeloma experts in the world. Speakers included Dr. Guido Tricot from the University of Iowa, Dr. Morie Gertz from Mayo, and Drs. Ravi Vij, Keith Stockerl-Goldstein, Samuel Achilefu and Monica Shokeen from the Washington University School of Medicine.

As part of the patient outreach, CMMN team participated in a radio talk show hosted by myeloma crowd: https://www.myelomacrowd.org/nanotechnology-multiple-myeloma

The theme of CMMN was highlighted in an article on the myeloma crowd website: https://www.myelomacrowd.org/nanotechnology-cancers-fantastic-voyage  CMMN was extremely well received by the myeloma patient community and international leaders in myeloma research.


Jun 16, 2016

ICER Myeloma Report

Ravi Vij, MD, served as a national expert for the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) Myeloma Report which was released in June of 2016. ICER is a non-profit organization that evaluates evidence on the value of medical tests, treatments and delivery system innovations. ICER reports support the goal of getting effective drugs to market quickly at a price that is affordable to patients and the health system. The Final Evidence Report and Meeting Summary is titled, “Treatment Options for Relapsed or Refractory Multiple Myeloma: Effectiveness, Value, and Value-Based Price Benchmarks.”


Community outreach, Gateway STEM High School Students

Team Members: SPECTRA, Deep Hathi, Samuel Achilefu

CMMN partnered with SPECTRA, a student-led imaging society that encompasses the student groups of the international society for optics and photonics (SPIE), the optical society (OSA), and the imaging sciences pathway (ISP) to conduct a LEGO Microscopes Outreach at the Gateway STEM High School.

The novel concept of nanotechnology was introduced to high-school students through hands-on interactive activities.


May 18, 2016

Encouraging CMMN Industry Partnerships

Team Members: Samuel Achilefu, Monica Shokeen

Dr. Achilefu presented on the core innovate projects of CMMN to the Novartis Senior Medical Leadership (oncology team) on May 18, 2016.


August 22, 2016

Marketing and Physician Services at Siteman Cancer Center

Team Members: Samuel Achilefu, Monica Shokeen, Brenda Phelps

Dr. Achilefu gave an invited talk at the Marketing, Communications and Physician Services (Siteman Cancer Center) team meeting on August 22, 2016. This outreach activity allows the Siteman team (Arlinda Warren, Executive Director) to partner with CMMN investigators in helping with patient accrual. The Siteman marketing and physicians team works with the medical oncologists throughout the states of MO, IL, AR, TN, and KY in educating and promoting the research that is done here at Washington University School of Medicine in oncology.


Nov 16, 2016

2016-2017 Marilyn Fixman Cancer Conference: My Journey with Myeloma

Team Members: Ravi Vij, Samuel Achilefu, Monica Shokeen

CMMN co-hosted the  November 2016 Harvey & Linda Saligman Lecture as part of the 2016-2017 Marilyn Fixman Cancer Conference: My Journey with Myeloma. This year’s invited speaker was Prof. Bart Barlogie, MD, PhD (Tisch Cancer Institute of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai).


June 18, 2016

Myeloma Crowd Round Tables

Team Members: Ravi Vij, Monica Shokeen, Samuel Achilefu

Ravi Vij, MD, Monica Shokeen, PhD, and Samuel Achilefu, PhD served as expert speakers and panelists at the second round table of the Myeloma Crowd held in St. Louis, Missouri on June 18, 2016. The Myeloma Crowd meetings feature top experts in myeloma to educate patients who have high-risk genetics, relapsed, or become refractory to treatments. Patients and caregivers learn about the disease and treatment options from thought leaders, and the forum provides unique opportunity for patient-caregiver interactions.



June 16, 2016

MABioN Webinar

Team Members: Samuel Achilefu

Samuel Achilefu, PhD presented a webinar titled “Nanoparticles research in medicine and safety issues” to members of the Midwest Area Biosafety Network (MABioN) on June 16, 2016.


June 6, 2016

GE Medical Senior Medical Team Roundtable

Team Members: Samuel Achilefu

Samuel Achilefu, PhD presented an overview of the CMMN and discussed potential areas of collaboration with GE senior leaders on June 6, 2016.



May 18, 2016

Novartis Senior Medical Leadership Visit

Team Members: Monica Shokeen, Samuel Achilefu

Monica Shokeen, PhD (CMMN Investigator) and Samuel Achilefu, PhD (CMMN Co-Director) presented an overview of the Center to senior leaders of Novartis, followed by a discussion of potential areas of collaboration on May 18, 2016.


March 18, 2016

Inter NCI Alliance for Nanotechnology Collaboration

Team Members: Lily Yang

Invited speaker Lily Yang, MD, PhD (PI of an Innovative Research in Cancer Nanotechnology grant) at Emory University, presented “Image-guided Precision Oncology using Theranostic Nanoparticles” on March 18, 2016 at Washington University School of Medicine.