Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors

Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button

Home > Press > £5million for nanotechnology healthcare research

Image produced in the course of research at the London Centre for Nanotechnology
Image produced in the course of research at the London Centre for Nanotechnology

Abstract:
UCL has won four grants worth a total of just over £5million from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to support research into large-scale integrated projects that exploit nanotechnology for healthcare purposes.

The projects will focus on using nanotechnologies -systems that function at the level of molecules - to advance knowledge and treatment of cancer, dementia and HIV.

£5million for nanotechnology healthcare research

London, UK | Posted on April 18th, 2009

The projects funded through the council's ‘Nanoscience through Engineering to Application' programme, which supports research that aims to develop nanotechnologies for the targeted delivery of therapeutic agents and for healthcare diagnostics.

The grant selection process included a public consultation, which prioritised projects that have a short-to medium term pay off; promote prevention rather than cure; promote patient control and agency; are affordable to healthcare systems; are reliable; target serious conditions; can be recovered from the body and build on strengths in UK expertise.

The projects are all due to start on 1 May 2009 and are scheduled to last for three years.
Research projects

* Professor Quentin Pankhurst,has received £1,648,342 to lead a project investigating novel high-efficiency targeting agents that can treat locally metastatic cancers (cancers that spread out from a primary site in the body). Professor Pankhurst is Scientific Director of the Royal Institution and, until recently, was the Deputy Director of the London Centre for Nanotechnology (LCN).
* Dr Rachel McKendry (London Centre for Nanotechnology) won £1,636,554 to fund UCL's role in a world-leading consortium to engineer and commercialise the next generation of multi-marker HIV smart chips, which will rapidly diagnose and monitor HIV in resource-limited environments such as district hospitals, GP surgeries and developing countries. This multidisciplinary joint venture, which is a collaboration with Imperial College London, will also involve the UCL/MRC Centre for Medical Molecular Virology, Royal Free and UCL Hospitals, the government-funded Comprehensive Biomedical Research Centre at UCLH NHS Trust, in conjunction with the Health Protection Agency and industrial partners as advisors.
* Dr Stephen Hart (UCL Institute of Child Health) will lead a project with £1,391,287 of funding to develop nanotechnologies for the targeted delivery of novel therapies for Alzheimer's disease, the major cause of dementia in the elderly. This research is a collaboration involving King's College London, the University of Bristol and Bristol NHS Trust.
* Dr Andreas Demosthenous (UCL Electronic & Electrical Engineering) won £366,061 for UCL's participation in research on new portable, non-invasive imaging methods that use low-level electrical measurements to detect colon cancer biomarkers (indicators of the disease). This project will be undertaken with Middlesex University and City University London.

The four grants follow funding worth nearly half a million pounds received by Dr Ivan Parkin of UCL Chemistry in the 2008 round of nanotechnology funding from the EPSRC to research inexpensive, efficient and longlasting technology to capture energy from the sun.

Professor Gabriel Aeppli, Director of the London Centre for Nanotechnology and co-investigator on the HIV project, said: "The award of such a large fraction of the EPSRC Nanotechnology for Healthcare funds to the LCN community in London represents an excellent return on its strategy of building on multidisciplinary competencies in London, spanning fields from basic physics through to clinical practice."

####

About University College London
The London Centre for Nanotechnology is a multidisciplinary research centre run by UCL and Imperial College London that aims to provide the nanoscience and nanotechnology needed to solve major problems in information processing, healthcare, and energy and the environment.

For more information, please click here

Contacts:
University College London
Gower Street
London - WC1E 6BT
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7679 2000

Copyright © University College London

If you have a comment, please Contact us.

Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

News and information

UTSA study describes new minimally invasive device to treat cancer and other illnesses: Medicine diffusion capsule could locally treat multiple ailments and diseases over several weeks December 3rd, 2016

Novel Electrode Structure Provides New Promise for Lithium-Sulfur Batteries December 3rd, 2016

Research Study: MetaSOLTM Shatters Solar Panel Efficiency Forecasts with Innovative New Coating: Coating Provides 1.2 Percent Absolute Enhancement to Triple Junction Solar Cells December 2nd, 2016

Deep insights from surface reactions: Researchers use Stampede supercomputer to study new chemical sensing methods, desalination and bacterial energy production December 2nd, 2016

Govt.-Legislation/Regulation/Funding/Policy

Research Study: MetaSOLTM Shatters Solar Panel Efficiency Forecasts with Innovative New Coating: Coating Provides 1.2 Percent Absolute Enhancement to Triple Junction Solar Cells December 2nd, 2016

Deep insights from surface reactions: Researchers use Stampede supercomputer to study new chemical sensing methods, desalination and bacterial energy production December 2nd, 2016

Quantum obstacle course changes material from superconductor to insulator December 1st, 2016

Throwing new light on printed organic solar cells December 1st, 2016

Academic/Education

Oxford Nanoimaging report on how the Nanoimager, a desktop microscope delivering single molecule, super-resolution performance, is being applied at the MRC Centre for Molecular Bacteriology & Infection November 22nd, 2016

The University of Applied Sciences in Upper Austria uses Deben tensile stages as an integral part of their computed tomography research and testing facility October 18th, 2016

Enterprise In Space Partners with Sketchfab and 3D Hubs for NewSpace Education October 13th, 2016

New Agricultural Research Center Debuts at UCF October 12th, 2016

Nanomedicine

UTSA study describes new minimally invasive device to treat cancer and other illnesses: Medicine diffusion capsule could locally treat multiple ailments and diseases over several weeks December 3rd, 2016

Nanobiotix Provides Update on Global Development of Lead Product NBTXR3: Seven clinical trials across the world: More than 2/3 of STS patients recruited in the “act.in.sarc” Phase II/III trial: Phase I/II prostate cancer trial now recruiting in the U.S. November 28th, 2016

From champagne bubbles, dance parties and disease to new nanomaterials: Understanding nucleation of protein filaments might help with Alzheimer's Disease and type 2 Diabetes November 24th, 2016

Nanopolymer-modified protein array can pinpoint hard-to-find cancer biomarker November 17th, 2016

Announcements

UTSA study describes new minimally invasive device to treat cancer and other illnesses: Medicine diffusion capsule could locally treat multiple ailments and diseases over several weeks December 3rd, 2016

Novel Electrode Structure Provides New Promise for Lithium-Sulfur Batteries December 3rd, 2016

Research Study: MetaSOLTM Shatters Solar Panel Efficiency Forecasts with Innovative New Coating: Coating Provides 1.2 Percent Absolute Enhancement to Triple Junction Solar Cells December 2nd, 2016

Deep insights from surface reactions: Researchers use Stampede supercomputer to study new chemical sensing methods, desalination and bacterial energy production December 2nd, 2016

Grants/Awards/Scholarships/Gifts/Contests/Honors/Records

Quantum obstacle course changes material from superconductor to insulator December 1st, 2016

'Back to the Future' inspires solar nanotech-powered clothing November 15th, 2016

2-D material a brittle surprise: Rice University researchers finds molybdenum diselenide not as strong as they thought November 14th, 2016

New Book by Nobel Laureate Tells Story of Chemistry’s New Field: Fraser Stoddart explains the mechanical bond and where it is taking scientists November 11th, 2016

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE




  Premium Products
NanoNews-Custom
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
NanoTech-Transfer
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
NanoStrategies
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More











ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project