Nanoparticle toxicity centre opens in Scotland

By Katie Bird

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Related tags: Nanotechnology

A new centre to investigate the potential toxicity of nanoparticles has opened in Edinburgh, UK.

The Centre for Nano Safety, part of Edinburgh’s Napier University, is a multi disciplinary centre addressing the potential human and environmental effects of nanomaterials.

Research at the Centre will focus on whether a variety of nanoparticles can enter the human body and cause harm, as well as looking at the effect of the tiny particles on bacteria, algae and insects.

According to the centre, information on what characteristics of nanoparticles might make them toxic could lead industry to make safer products, regulators to generate legislation to protect humans and the environment, and consumers to make more informed choices.

European FP7 projects

The centre is involved in a number of European Union funded nano projects and will be hosting the Nanotoxicology 2010 conference in June next year where satellite meetings for the European projects will take place.

The new European Union Framework 7 programmes include ENPRA, developing and implementing a new approach for engineered nanoparticle risk assessment, InLiveTox which focuses on the hazard of ingested nanoparticles, and NanoImmune that looks at the hazard of particles to the immune system.

Nanotoxicology 2010 will be held June 2 – 4 at the Napier University’s Craiglockhart campus.

Abstracts for the conference are to be submitted before March 2010 and the organisers are calling on proposals that fall in a number of areas including metals and metal oxides, high aspect ratio nanoparticles, carbon particles, medical nanoparticles and environmental air pollution.

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