“Nanomedicine: Visions, risks, potential”

Venue: Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities

Location: Berlin, Germany

Event Date/Time: Apr 19, 2012 End Date/Time: Apr 20, 2012
Registration Date: Apr 13, 2012
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Nanotechnology is frequently judged to be a key technology of the 21st century. Although not all research areas that were awarded this honorary title in the past have so far fulfilled all the expectations – like, for example, gene technology – thinking of nanotechnology as a highly important research area surely is justified. Especially in the field of medicine nanotechnology may help to develop new and effective applications. However, as with many modern technologies, there are considerable moral concerns about the consequences nanotechnology may have for humans and their environment.

This year's spring conference aims at discussing recent trends in the development of nanotechnological methods in medical applications with experts from different involved fields of research from an interdisciplinary perspective. There will be sessions on scientific and technical aspects of nanomedicine, on risk and other ethical issues as well as on the social impact of nanomedicine in the context of science, industry and the public.

Confirmed speakers:
Dr. Andreas Jordan (“Hyperthermia”, Magforce, Berlin, Germany), Dr. Timo Gaber-Elsner (“Nanoparticles in Rheumatology”, Charité, Berlin, Germany), Dr. Gianni Ciofani (“Nanotubes in medical applications”, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Pisa, Italy), Professor Rainer Müller (“Drug delivery”, FU Berlin, Germany), Professor Harald Krug (“Toxicology”, EMPA, St. Gallen, Switzerland), Professor Harro van Lente (“Risk & Ethics”, Universiteit Twente, Enschede, Netherlands), Professor Roger Brownsword (“Ethical and legal aspects”, Kings College, London, UK)


Additional Information

The conference will include a Poster Session with contributions from scientists from all involved fields. Especially young scientists researching on technical, ethical, social or legal aspects of nanotechnology related to medicine are called to take part with their “Visions on nanomedicine” illustrated on a standard poster (DIN A0 format). Evaluated by a jury (with the conference’s speakers as its members), the best poster will be awarded a book voucher (150,- Euros). Applicants may send an abstract containing contact data (name, institution/company, address, email) and a short description of the project together with their conference registration (deadline poster submission: 16 March 2012).