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Nanotoxicology

Short Courses in Nanomedicine

Nanotoxicology
 

9th October 2008: Cranfield University, UK

'Nanotoxicology'

CPD points awarded by the Royal College of Pathologists.

This module, delivered in partnership with Cranfield University, deals with the toxicology of nanoparticles and nanomaterials, both naturally occurring and manufactured substances.

The introduction to nanoscale materials is essential to fully appreciate the level of interaction possible, and the complexity of determining the toxicity of nanoscale materials. The course does not assume any toxicology knowledge (and so that is covered within the course). The regulation of manufacture and importing nanomaterials is discussed in general. A brief discussion of the ethics and risk perception of nanomaterials summarises up the intensive course.

Who should attend?

This intensive course does not assume any previous knowledge on nanotechnology or toxicology.

Course description

Nanotoxicology is the study of actual or potential effects caused by nanoscale material on living organisms and environments, the relationship of these effects to exposure and the mechanisms of action. This course deals with the effects of naturally occurring and manufactured nanoscale materials.

The course covers

    • Nanoscale phenomenon
    • Manufacture of nanomaterials
    • Applications of nanomaterials
    • Toxicology of micro- and nano-scale materials
    • Environmental impact of nanomaterials
    • Regulatory issues surrounding nanotechnology and the ethics of nanotechnology

The sections are presented by experienced lecturers who are experts in their fields.

Lecturer profiles >>

Course location and venue information >>


Agenda for the day

09.30 – 10.00 Registration and Refreshments

10.00 Introduction to course

10.00 - 10.40 Basic introduction to nanoscale materials

Dr Robert Dorey (Head of Microsystems and Nanotechnology, Cranfield University)

  • Why is small different?
  • Manufacture techniques
  • Nanoscale phenomenon
  • Use of nanoparticles and nanotechnology
  • Life cycle of material

10.40 - 11.30 Basic introduction to toxicology

Prof L Levy, Dr. S Rocks (IEH, Cranfield University)

  • Hazard vs risk
  • Exposure
  • Mechanisms
  • Detection
  • Epidemiology
  • Target organs
  • Excretion
  • Examples


11.30 – 11.45 Refreshments

11.45 - 12.15 Basic introduction to toxicology (continued)

Prof L Levy, Dr. S Rocks (IEH, Cranfield University)

12.15 – 12.45 Ecotoxicology

Dr Robert Dorey (Head of Microsystems and Nanotechnology, Cranfield University)

  • Why is small different?
  • Manufacture techniques
  • Nanoscale phenomenon
  • Use of nanoparticles and nanotechnology
  • Life cycle of material

12.45 – 13.25 Lunch

13.25 – 14.05 Regulatory issues

Invited speaker

    • Risk assessment framework (international)
    • Critical issues surrounding nanomaterials.
    • Current work to allow for risk assessment of nanomaterials.

14.05 – 15.05 Ethics of nanotechnology

Dr S Rocks (IEH, Cranfield University; facilitated discussion)

  • General discussion
  • Public communication issues
  • Legal issues

15.05 – 15.25 Introduction to patents

Jeremy Webster, Mewburn and Ellis

15.30 – 15.45 Summing up and Closing Remarks

 

For further information please telephone Gemma McCulloch at the Institute of Nanotechnology: +44 (0)1786 458075,
or email: gemma.mcculloch@nano.org.uk

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NanoMedNet
Cranfield

 


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