KIST/PU Introduction to Global Research Laboratory (GRL) Program: Molecular Imaging and Nanomedicine for Theragnosis using Nano-Bio Materials

By Kui Won Choi

Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST)

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The Global Research Laboratory (GRL) program was initiated by the Korea Foundation for International Cooperation of Science and Technology (KICOS) in 2006. The GRL program has been designed to develop fundamental and original technologies through international collaborative research between Korean and foreign laboratories. A proposal submitted for the GRL program should address a research topic which requires Korean and foreign research partners to engage in close collaboration for the attainment of significant scientific and technological goals.

Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) and Purdue research team applied to 2007 GRL program since we have already established long term collaboration for more than 5 years and we had a good idea about future collaborative research topics. We proposed to develop the new emerging technology (Theragnosis) based on nanomedicine and molecular imaging techniques. Our GRL proposal passed both first and second rounds of competition and finally was selected from 20 international proposals.

In the presentation, I will talk about the history of KIST-Purdue collaboration and I want to have productive discussion about the details of our GRL research contents as well as the direction and plans for the future collaborations with extended Purdue faculties and industries.


Kuiwon ChoiKui Won Choi is currently a Principal Research Scientist in Biomedical Research Center at Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST). He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from the College of Engineering at Seoul National University in 1980 and 1982 and his Ph. D. in Bioengineering from University of Michigan in 1991. After a post-doctoral training in Bone and Joint Center at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, he joined KIST in 1993.

He served as a Head of Biomedical Research Center for 4 years, while he successfully developed domestic collaboration networks (MOU) in molecular imaging area with Asan Medical Center, Kyoungbuk Medical School and Wonju Technovalley for medical devices. He served as an Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Biomedical Engineering Research for 6 years (1998-2003).

He is currently a president of the Korean Society of Biomechanics (2006-2007). He also serves as an International Advisory Committee Member of Asian Pacific Association of Biomechanics. His main research interest is medical device systems and is now expanding to the development of new diagnostic and therapeutic systems utilizing molecular imaging techniques. He is a project leader of “Development of Core technologies of Silver Engineering” supported from the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Energy of Korea.

He has published over 65 peer-reviewed papers, 3 book chapters, and 2 review articles. He also filed 16 patents, and 2 patents have been licensed to companies.

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