Navigation Links
World research leaders gather in Finland to accelerate the development of bioactive paper
Date:6/19/2008

Researchers working to develop inexpensive paper that can destroy, deactivate and detect deadly pathogens, such as salmonella and SARS, will share their expertise with the world as the first ever international conference on bioactive paper kicks off next week in Espoo, Finland. More than 80 science, industry and government representatives, including a 25-member Canadian delegation, will meet in the city northwest of Helsinki for the conference, which runs from June 24-26, 2008.

The field of bioactive paper research, led by Canada's SENTINEL Bioactive Paper Network and Finland's VTT Technical Research Centre, is focused on conducting the research and working with SENTINEL's industrial partners including Ahlstrom, FUJIFILM Dimatix, Stora Enso Oyj, Sun Chemical and Cascades Canada. Projects are underway to develop paper products such as masks that detect and deactivate airborne pathogens like SARS and work is also being done to make food packaging that could signal the presence of bacteria such as E. coli or salmonella.

"Imagine the global impact when a strip of paper can immediately identify the presence of contaminates in drinking water. This innovation will save countless lives and billions of dollars in health care costs," says SENTINEL scientific director Robert Pelton, Canada Research Chair in Interfacial Technologies and professor of chemical engineering at McMaster University. "This conference will work on finding solutions to some of the technical challenges that still exist, but the paper's development is foreseeable in the not too distant future."

Some of the paper's development challenges include further enhancement of biosensors and refining printing methods to enable low-cost use of common printers. The conference's scientific presentations will explore the latest research in these and other related areas, and will include a tour of VTT's research and development facilities specializing in biotechnology and paper coating and printing.

"This conference marks an important milestone in this emerging field," says Tomi Erho, senior research scientist at VTT. "By joining the forces of a large group of highly skilled researchers, we can share knowledge and expertise, which will enable us to progress faster toward the goal of making bioactive paper a reality."

As host of the conference, government-owned VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland will be joined by representatives from Helsinki University of Technology, bo Akademi University, University of Lapland, the Finnish funding agency Tekes as well as from several industrial partners.

The Canadian team is comprised of SENTINEL researchers representing 11 Canadian universities, industry and government partners. SENTINEL was formed in 2005 with $7.5-million in funding over five years from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Another $3-million is being contributed by collaborating partners. McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario hosts SENTINEL's administrative centre.


'/>"/>

Contact: Gene Nakonechny
genen@mcmaster.ca
905-525-9140 x26781
McMaster University
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. WorldHeart Appoints David Pellone Chief Financial Officer
2. National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP), the Largest Insurance Subrogation Association in the World - Announced Today that Leslie Wiernik has Joined the Organization as Director of Education
3. Kingfisher Healthcare (KFH) Achieves World Class Quality Platform
4. Data from Patient Subsets of e-HEALING, a Worldwide Registry, Support Use of OrbusNeichs Genous(TM) Bio-Engineered R Stent(TM) as Alternative to Drug- Eluting Stents
5. National Association for Sport and Physical Education Partners with S&S Worldwide to Help Improve Childrens Fitness
6. Hundreds of RNs from Across U.S. and World to Join California Nurses Association/NNOC National Convention
7. Neusoft Becomes First Global Growth Company Partner of World Economic Forum
8. Depression May Be Worlds Most Disabling Disease
9. Concentra Opens On-Site Medical Unit at World Trade Center Site
10. LifeQuest World Corporation Proud Contributor to Dietary Supplement Education Alliance (DSEA)
11. Womens World Banking Welcomes New Network Member From Tunisia
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... CURE Media Group, the nation’s leading ... has aligned with Upstage Lung Cancer in efforts to combat lung cancer, announced CURE ... Hennessy, Jr said, “CURE Media Group is honored to team up with Upstage Lung ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... , ... December 08, 2016 ... ... Suite 10.2 version gives development continuity to its innovative Unified Instance Manager ... management capacity. In addition, this new version optimizes the unattended auto-dialing system ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... Today’s patients are encouraged to ... mind, SIGVARIS has created a new line of anti-embolism stockings to help prevent ... the benefits of graduated compression when transitioning from recovery to early rehabilitation. , ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... ... from offices headquartered in Jefferson County, is announcing the launch of a charity ... , The number of homeless women and children in Birmingham has grown steadily ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... Bill Mull Agencies, a Wichita-based ... and around central Kansas, is joining the Youth Horizons organization for a charity ... Headquartered in Wichita, Youth Horizons works to empower area children from unstable, troubled, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/8/2016)... A Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant ... (NIH) to Phoenix -based NeuroEM Therapeutics, ... grant will seek to determine an optimal set of ... waves to treat Alzheimer,s Disease. The grant will also ... treat other neurologic disorders such as Parkinson,s Disease and ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... -- Economic growth in the United States will continue in ... in their December 2016 Semiannual Economic Forecast. Expectations are ... in mid-2009, as indicated in the monthly ISM ® ... manufacturing sector is optimistic about growth in 2017, with ... the non-manufacturing sector indicates that 14 of its industries ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... LOS ANGELES , Dec. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... and manufacturing of dissolution testing and diffusion testing ... has been acquired by Teledyne Instruments, Inc. ("Teledyne"). ... Hanson,s long-proven line of precision testing instruments, as ... while accelerating development of new products and services. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: