Brainstorms: New Frontiers in Science and Technology - "Molecular Spies"

Brainstorms is a quarterly series highlighting research by Stanford faculty in the new frontiers of science and technology. It is hosted by the associate deans in the Schools of Engineering, Medicine, and Humanities and Sciences, and is co-sponsored by Stanford Continuing Studies and Stanford's Office of Science Outreach.

Molecular Spies

Imagine that you are part of an alien race on a mission to study the planet earth. No matter how many detailed photographs you might take by satellite, you would likely decide that the best way to study the earth is to send down spies. In a similar way, the complexity of the human body can best be understood by sending in molecular spies that can perform “house-to-house” or cell-to-cell searches and report back on the status of normal and diseased cells within our bodies.

In this latest installment of the popular Brainstorms series, Sam Gambhir will explore the revolutionary field of molecular imaging, and explain in particular how it is being transformed by the use of molecular “spies.” We will see how many scientific disciplines must come together in molecular imaging; explore the new frontiers nanotechnology; and look at specific applications of molecular imaging in the detection, staging, and monitoring of diseases. We will also explore how the entire pharmaceutical industry is being affected by this growing field. No technical knowledge is required; just curiosity and love of a good spy story.

Sanjiv Sam Gambhir

Director, Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford (MIPS); Head of Nuclear Medicine; Professor of Radiology & Bioengineering

Sam Gambhir received his MD, and PhD at UCLA and moved to Stanford three years ago to direct the Molecular Imaging Program. He pursues research in molecular imaging and directs the activities of over 100 scientists/staff/students at Stanford. He is author of over 200 research papers; recipient of the 2006 Hounsfield Medal from Imperial College, London; and is Principal Investigator of the NIH program project grants at the Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence and In Vivo Cellular and Molecular Imaging Centers.

Tuesday, November 7

7:30 - 9:00 pm

William R. Hewlett Teaching Center

Open to the public

Date and Time:
 Tuesday, November 7, 2006.  7:30 PM.
Approximate duration of 2 hour(s).
William R. Hewlett Teaching Center  [Map]
General Public
Continuing Studies
Free; no registration is required
Last Modified:
August 23, 2006