Linda Hall Library Bartlett Lecture: Biomedical Engineering and Medicines of the Future

On September 29, the Linda Hall Library welcomes Yale University professor, Mark Saltzman as the keynote speaker for the 2022 Bartlett Lecture. Dr. Saltzman is an engineer and educator. His research in the fields of drug delivery, biomaterials, nanobiotechnology, and tissue engineering is described in over 300 research papers and patents. He is the author of the textbooks Biomedical Engineering (Second Edition, 2015), Tissue Engineering (2004), and Drug Delivery (2001).

Dr. Saltzman earned degrees in chemical engineering (BS from Iowa State University, MS from MIT) and medical engineering (PhD from MIT). He served on the faculty at Johns Hopkins, Cornell, and Yale, where he has been the Goizueta Foundation Professor since 2002. He was named the founding chair of Yale’s Department of Biomedical Engineering in 2003 and served in that role until 2015. Dr. Saltzman was the immediate past Head of Jonathan Edwards College, one of the 14 residential colleges at Yale, where he lived and oversaw the social and intellectual life of a community of some 450 undergraduate students and associated fellows.

During this year’s lecture, Dr. Saltzman will dive into the role of biomedical engineering in creating medicines of the future. Over the past two years, for example, we have seen the introduction of nanoparticle vaccines that were rapidly developed from concept to testing to deployment. But even more, is on the horizon: nanoparticle-based treatments for brain tumors, targeted correction of genetic diseases, long-lasting safe prevention of UV-mediated DNA skin damage, antibody-mediated targeting of inflammation, and many other promising developments.

The Linda Hall Library’s annual Paul D. Bartlett, Sr. Lecture was established in 2003 to bring the finest university professors to speak on subjects related to the Library´s collections. Paul D. Bartlett, Sr. was the first chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Linda Hall Library. Under his leadership the Halls’ bequest for the creation of a public library in Kansas City was used to establish this library devoted to science, engineering, and technology. Mr. Bartlett served on the Board until his death in 1964.

These annual lectures are presented by the Linda Hall Library in association with the Harvard-Radcliffe Club of Kansas City, the Princeton Alumni Association of Greater Kansas City, and the Yale Club of Kansas City.

This program will be presented in person at the Linda Hall Library as well as virtually. Registration for this event can be found at LindaHall.org.

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