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NANOGENTOOLS Autumn EU School “Advanced Training in understanding the safety of nanomaterials” has as a main objective to create a creative and intergenerational forum to discuss the development of nanoscience and its implications on human and environmental health.
Event celebrated on May 30th 2017 with the aim discussing current regional interest in nanotechnologies, developing possible themes and dates for future ‘nano’ events and examining specific areas of interest such as nano-safety.
A workshop that allows knowledge exchange between various SbD projects as well as listening and learning from different stakeholder groups (industry, academia, regulators, insurance, consumers) can help adjusting research, dissemination and exploitation strategies accordingly.
First issue of NANOGENTOOLS project Newsletter has been published - March 2017.
A new press release have been published in the Nanosafety Cluster Newsletter about the launch of NANOGENTOOLS project in January 2016.
A new press release have been published in BioNanoNet Newsletter about the launch of NANOGENTOOLS project in January 2016.
The launch of the Horizon 2020 European project took place on 28 and 29th January 2016 with the Kick off Meeting celebrated in Burgos and organized by the coordinator of the Project, ICCRAM-Universidad de Burgos.
The meeting was attended by representatives of all the institutions involved in the NANOGENTOOLS project, all of them key elements in the development of nanosecurity in Europe: ICCRAM-Universidad de Burgos, University of Birmingham (UK), University of Piemonte Orientale (Italy), specialized international networks in nanotechnology as Bionanonet (Austria), Nanotechnology Industry Association-NIA (Belgium) and manufacturing companies as SITEX 45 SRL (Romania), Research And Development Of Carbon Nanotubes, S.A. NANOTHINX (Greece) and NOVAMECHANICS Limited (Cyprus).
PhD Santiago Cuesta, Director of ICCRAM and coordinator of this Project, led the organizational session of the NANOGENTOOLS project, that will run for four years and will allow to send researchers to partner institutions with a total duration of 31 months and to receive visitors, both business and researchers, for 29 months. Some of the most important actions that will be launched in the coming months will be International Summer/Winter schools, Seminars, Workshops and Conferences. The final target of these actions is to share ideas and knowledge from the research world to the business sector fostering science advance and innovation development. Specifically NANOGENTOOLS project is focused on developing new methodologies for the identification and control of the risks associated with nanomaterials, ensuring consumers and Society safety.
NANOGENTOOLS addressess the challenge of identifying and controlling the hazards associated with Nanomaterials (NMs) by joining industry and academia to create a collaborative excellence-based knowledge exchange network in the MSCA – RISE framework, that will: i) push forward knowledge via method development and pre-validation, ii) train scientists in new methodologies to assess long term nanosafety, and iii) support the inclusion of methods developed in standardization and present and future EU regulations.
NANOGENTOOLS combines genomics (toxicogenomics), proteomics and multidisciplinary science (biophysics, molecular modeling, chemistry, bioinformatics, chemoinformatics) to develop fast in vitro high throughput (HTS) assays, with molecular based computational models for better understanding of the molecular fundamentals of nanotoxicity, and will initiate the development of nanosafety tests for industrial use during product development.
• Provide solutions for faster and reliable assessment of NM toxicity and propose a battery of HTS and -omics tools for predicting the toxicological properties of NMs.
• Develop new bioinformatics methodologies capable of analyzing -omics data and create an open database for the scientific community in collaboration with the EU NSC.
• Conduct research & training on biophysical techniques and mathematical models for accurate and fast nanotoxicity prediction linked to safety-by-design concepts.
• Understand, build and improve the safe by design concept, with demonstration using carbon-based NMs and nanosensors.
• Provide pre-validated tools for efficient cost-effective nanosafety assessment applicable to SMEs and suitable for incorporation into regulatory frameworks
• Place the knowledge generated in the context of present regulations and EU roadmaps.
NANOGENTOOLS will be delivered through cross-sectoral/disciplinary secondments linking EU academic institutes/networks with industry including SMEs and policy makers across 8 countries.
NANOGENTOOLS provides an optimal balance between academic and non-academic organisations. Members are located in eight EU countries (see below), all important stakeholders in nanosafety technologies with significant experience.
List of participants:
- ICCRAM – UBU (ES). Team: Dr. Santiago Cuesta, Dr. Lorena Romero. www.ubu.es
- Università del Piemonte Orientale -Vercelli Novara Alessandria, UPO (IT) Team: Dr. Francesco Dondero, Prof. Emilio Marengo, Dr. Enrico Boccareli. https://www.uniupo.it/it
- University of Birmingham, UoB (UK) Team: Dr. Iseult Lynch, Dr. Eva Valsami-Jones. www.birmingham.ac.uk
- BioNanoNet Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, BNN (AT)Team: Dr. Andreas Falk, Dr. Sonja Hartl, Dr. Susanne Resch. www.bionanonet.at
- NANOTHINX S.A. (EL). Team: Dr. Katerina Kouravelou, Mr. Theodoros Karachalios. www.nanothinx.com
- SITEX 45 SRL (RO). Team: Dr. Dumitru Ulieru, Dr. Sorin Axinte, Dr. Adrian Tantau, Mr. Xavi Vila. www.sitex45.com
- NovaMechanics Ltd (CY). Team: Dr. Antreas Afantitis, Dr. Georgia Melagraki, Dr. Giorgos Leonis. www.novamechanics.com
- Nanotechnology Industries Association, NIA AIBSL. Team: Dr. David Carlander, Dr. Sean Kelly. www.nanotechia.org