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Nanotechnology: Training Of Experts in Safety

Objective

Life Sciences and Nano Sciences interact today mainly in two areas: in the evaluation of accidental health and environmental effects derived from engineered nanomaterials, and in development and biological/clinical evaluation of nanoparticles with intended biological effects for application in medicine and biotechnology. It is essential for producers, distributors, consumers and regulators that the safety of products containing nanomaterials can be certified with reliable, validated assays. Research efforts are under way to establish suitable test methods and to understand mechanisms potentially leading to a detrimental impact of nanomaterials on human health and on the environment. However, this important field still urgently lacks sufficient trained personnel. The ITN “Nanotechnology: Training Of Experts in Safety” (NanoTOES) will establish a network of research projects working towards the refinement and standardisation of existing methods, will develop novel assays, and will during this process provide interdisciplinary training to Early Stage Researchers (ESR) and Experienced Researchers (ER) working at the intersection of biosciences and nanosciences. A suite of methods developed and validated in the NanoTOES project shall have utility in characterising the biological effects of nanomaterials, including their impact on the environment, and will add significantly to our understanding of the biological actions of nanomaterials and their resultant effects on human health and the environment. Equally, the influence of biological entities (molecules, cells, tissues) on the properties of nanomaterials will be investigated. This aspect is crucial to understanding the properties of nanomaterials in organisms and in the environment, but nevertheless this issue has been so far not sufficiently explored. These timely and novel studies will address the pressing need for such trained personnel, and enable European science in this area to remain globally competitive.

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2010-ITN
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Coordinator

PARIS-LODRON-UNIVERSITAT SALZBURG
Address
Kapitelgasse 4-6
5020 Salzburg
Austria

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Albert Duschl (Prof.)
EU contribution
€ 544 262

Participants (11)

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 249 319
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Diana Boraschi (Dr.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 230 816
Address
Hansastrasse 27c
80686 Munchen

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Andrea Zeumann
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 264 591
Address
Belfield
4 Dublin

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Donal Doolan (Mr.)
NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 281 684
Address
Polaris House, North Star Avenue
SN2 1EU Swindon Wiltshire

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Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
David Spurgeon (Dr.)
NILU STIFTELSEN NORSK INSTITUTT FORLUFTFORSKNING
Norway
EU contribution
€ 278 246
Address
Instituttveien 18
2027 Kjeller

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Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Paal Berg (Mr.)
INSTITUT UNIVERSITAIRE ROMAND DE SANTE AU TRAVAIL
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 247 262
Address
Rue Du Bugnon 21
1011 Lausanne

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Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Michael Riediker (Dr.)
KISERLETI ORVOSTUDOMANYI KUTATOINTEZET
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 223 620
Address
Szigony Utca 43
1083 Budapest

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Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Emilia Madarász (Dr.)
FUNDACIO INSTITUT CATALA DE NANOCIENCIA I NANOTECNOLOGIA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 234 780
Address
Campus De La Uab Edifici Q Icn2
08193 Bellaterra (Barcelona)

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Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Marta Balza (Dr.)
AvantiCell Science Ltd
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 238 118
Address
Gibbsyard Building
KA6 5HW Ayr

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Colin Wilde (Dr.)
GRIMM AEROSOL TECHNIK Gmbh & Co KG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 230 816
Address
Dorfstrasse 9
83404 Ainring

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Markus Pesch (Dr.)
BAYER TECHNOLOGY SERVICES GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 230 816
Address
Kaiser-wilhelm-allee
51368 Leverkusen

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Klaus-Jürgen Makarowski (Mr.)