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Emergency response and nanotechnology
Date:7/14/2008

P>Beginning at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, nanotechnology will be highlighted in a series of presentations designed to increase awareness of new opportunities and challenges. Leading the session will be individuals from Health International Inc. discussing the increased use of nanoparticles having a global exponential impact and revolutionizing nearly every industry: agricultural, chemical, biological, pharmaceutical, medical, electronic, green-energy. This use, however, may pose a health risk for workers and consumers. Nanoscale materials are virtually invisible, yet once inhaled or ingested are able to penetrate and leave deposits on the cell walls of living organs and tissues undetected. Tools and solutions for assessing nanotech and nanoscale materials could be implemented easily based on existing models and methodologies that take into account the delicate balance between security and safety.

Other highlights in the nanotechnology session:

  • The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health safety plan for working with nanoparticles (Wednesday, 4:15 p.m.)
  • Potential use of nanoparticles as radiopharmaceuticals (Wednesday, 4:30 p.m.)
  • Panel discussion on nanotechnology (Wednesday beginning at 4:45 p.m.)


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