Keynote Speaker


Keynote I

Prof. Tjokorda Gde Tirta Nindhia
Udayana University, Indonesia

Tjokorda Gde Tirta Nindhia received Doctor Degree from Gadjah Mada University (UGM) Yogyakarta, Indonesia on August 2003, with major field of study was Material Engineering. He participated in various international research collaborations such as with Muroran Institute of Technology Japan (2004), Toyohashi University of Technology Japan (2006), Leoben Mining University Austria (2008-2009), Technical University of Vienna Austria (2010), Institute Chemical technology of Prague Czech Republic (2012-now) and very recently with Michigan State University (MSU) and University of Hawaii in the USA under Fulbright Scholarship. His current job is as Full Professor in the field of Material Engineering at Engineering Faculty, Udayana University, Jimbaran, Bali, Indonesia. His research interest covers subjects such as, Biomedical Engineering, biosensor, biomaterial, waste recycle, failure analyses, advance ceramic, metallurgy, composite, renewable energy, and environmental friendly manufacturing.

Speech Title: "Effect of Feeding with Herb of Erythrina variegate to Biocompatibility of the Cocoon Fiber of Wild Silkmoth Attacus-atlas for Future Application as Biocompatible of Silk Sutures"

Abstract: Silk is biocompatible as biomaterial and has been used commercially as sutures. More interesting properties of the silk is that the mechanical properties exceed all natural polymer and synthetic materials. In this research a type of silk suture is being developed from species of Attacus atlas to obtain more biocompatible sutures. Attacus atlas is a species of silkmoth that consume not only single type of leaves so that yield variety type of cocoon fiber that can be arranged for the purpose of better biocompatible comparing commercial silk suture that already established in the market that base of product of the Bombyx mory species of silk which is only consume one type of leas of mulberry leaves. In this research, the Attacus atlas cocoon was produce by feeding with herb Erythrina variegate. A high composition of kalium (K) as well as cloride (Cl) are identified in the fiber. The released fiber from cocoon also indicates high biocompatibilities that is promising as biocompatible suture.

Keynote II

Prof. Zairin Noor, MD, Ph.D, MM
Lambung Mangkurat University, Indonesia

Zairin Noor born in Banjarmasin, November 20th, 1961. He is orthopedic specialist since 1995. He received Doctor Degree from Brawijaya University (UB) Malang, Indonesia on 2011 with major field of study was Nanobiologic. He participated in various International Research and has published more than 25 articles in international journal. Zairin Noor has followed several fellowship including: Orthopedic Fellow, Department of Orthopedic, Chonnam University Hospital, Gwang-Ju, Korea (August – November 1994), Lee/Show Foundation Orthopedic Fellow Attached to Dept. of Orthopedic Surgery - National University Hospital - Singapore (February – July 1995), Orthopedic Spine fellow (supervised by Prof. Hansen Yuan, M.D), Syracuse University of New York, Health Science Center, Syracuse, NY-USA (August–October 1998). He lives in Banjarmasin and his current jobs are Orthopedic Specialist/ Spine Consultant in Ulin General Hospital, Suaka Insan Hospital and Siaga Surgical Hospital Banjarmasin; Full Professor and Dean of Medical Faculty. Lambung Mangkurat University; President of Indonesian Orthopedic Association; and Head of Research for Osteoporosis in Ulin General Hospital. His research interest covers subjects such as, biomedical science, spine, nano-biologic, osteoporosis, bone structure and mineral.

Speech Title: "How to Treat Osteoporosis Naturally"

Abstract: Hydroxyapatite is chemically related to the inorganic component of bone matrix as a complex structure with the formula of Ca10(OH)2(PO4)6. The advantages of hydroxyapatite nanocrystal are the osteoconduction, bioresorption, and contact in close distance. Crystal in osteoporotic bone is calcium phosphate hydroxide with the chemical formula of Ca10(OH)2(PO4)6. Crystal of normal bone is sodium calcium hydrogen carbonate phosphate hydrate with the chemical formula of Ca8H2(PO4)6 H2O–NaHCO3–H2O. The recent development is applying nanobiology approach to hydroxyapatite. This is based on the concept that the mineral atoms arranged in a crystal structure of hydroxyapatite can be substituted or incorporated by the other mineral atoms. In conclusion, the basic elements of hydroxyapatite crystals, composed of atomic minerals in a certain geometric pattern, and their relationship to the bone cell biological activity have opened opportunities for hydroxyapatite crystals supplement application on osteoporosis. Understanding of the characteristics of bone hydroxyapatite crystals as well as the behavior of mineral atom in the substitution will have a better impact on the management of osteoporosis naturally.

Keynote III

Department of Pharmacology, National University of Singapore, Singapore

B. S. 1998 Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India Chemistry (Honours)
M. S. 2000 Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India Biochemistry
Ph.D 2004 Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India Biotechnology
PDF 2004-07 UTMDACC Houston, Texas, USA. Cancer biology.
Asst Prof. 2008-14 National University of Singapore Pharmacology
Associate Prof. 2014- Now National University of Singapore

Sept. 2000 to Aug. 2002 Junior Research Fellow, School of Biotechnology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India.
Sept. 2002 to March 2004 Senior Research Fellow, School of Biotechnology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India
2004-2007 Postdoctoral Fellow, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
2008-2014 Assistant Professor, Dept. of Pharmacology, NUS.
2014-Now  Associate Professor with tenure,  Dept. of Pharmacology, NUS.

Speech Title: "STAT3 as a Molecular Target for Cancer Therapy"

Abstract: Signal Transducers and Activators of Transcription (STATs) comprise an important class of transcription factors that have been implicated in a wide variety of essential cellular functions related to proliferation, survival, and angiogenesis. Among various STAT members, STAT3 is frequently overexpressed in tumor cells as well as tissue samples, and regulates the expression of numerous oncogenic genes controlling the growth and metastasis of tumor cells. I will briefly discuss the importance of STAT3 as a potential target for cancer therapy and also provide novel insights into various classes of existing pharmacological inhibitors of this transcription factor that can be potentially developed as anti-cancer drugs.





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