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Prof. julian hopkin (swansea university, rector of the medical school)

The School of Medicine is delighted by this opportunity to join other world leading British universities in the Collaborative. The facilities of the Medical School and ILS were planned to establish links with research partners from the world’s leading institutions. Being included in the Collaborative is an important stage in that process. ILS' innovation powers and the Blue-C supercomputing is the key to this – as is the very exciting emergence of a new Centre for NanoHealth, which represents collaboration between the University's Schools of Engineering and Medicine at its best. Building on the infrastructure investments and the opportunity to leverage them to the benefit of others, is key to developing translational discoveries.

The opportunity of contributing to the Collaborative based on harnessing ground breaking, new technologies in delivering medical and health advance along with training of researchers and clinicians is vital and valuable.

Inclusive to this is the partnership with the local NHS Trust and the ability to conduct human trials; with such a large catchment of patients it too becomes an instrument for leveraging with partners in the development of novel health and medical innovations. This has proven to be quite valuable in that Swansea University is in discussions with a partner institution, Texas A&M University in developing a Trials pathway for such innovations to take advantage, by in partnership conducting Phase I trials at A&M and Phase II in Swansea. This allows the training of researchers in the procedures required for both Phase I&II trials but gives them the understanding of translation to regulatory approvals in both the US and EU.

Tx/uk collaborative “swansea’s three year outcomes”

Swansea University has already exploited this high-profile network, identifying collaborative research opportunities with Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas A&M University, University of Texas Health Science Center, and MD Anderson Cancer Research Center. The collaboration with Rice University and “The Richard E. Smalley Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology” in particular, has enabled Swansea to position itself as a lead institution in Nanotechnology and Bioscience Research, generating true value both intellectually and economically.

Over the past three years Swansea University has achieved the following through its partnership in “The Collaborative”.

  • Successful proposal for the establishment of a Center for NanoHealth, strengthened by the support of the Collaborative.
  • Becoming the first international partner in the Alliance for NanoHealth (ANH).
  • Participating in the FDA - ANH Nanotechnology Initiative FANTI. Two members of Swansea University sit on a Public Private Partnership (PPP) with the Senior Scientist of the FDA with the goal of developing a Collaboration framework that include stakeholders from industry for faster FDA Approvals (pharmaceutical, biotech and devices).
  • £60,000 Funding Award from the Houston Foreign Commonwealth Office to promote Research in Wales.
  • £6.77 million funding from the EPSRC for research on number entry errors with medical devices has been secured by a Collaboration between UCL and Swansea University this will lead to the design and safe use of interactive medical devices – the proposal was greatly enhanced through the support of the Collaborative.
  • £1.4 million funding from EPSRC for research supporting Prof. Huw Summers and Dr. Shareen Doak of Swansea University involving collaboration with researchers at Texas A&M University was facilitated by the Collaborative.
  • £1.19 million Joint US-UK Research Programme bid, submitted to 2 nd Round Review: Environmental Behaviour, Bioavailability and Effects of Manufactured Nanomaterials between Texas A&M and Swansea University School of Medicine: Shareen Doak as UKPI in the area of In vitro (geno) toxicity along with Gareth Jenkins and Paul Lewis.
  • Establishment of joint taught student programmes with Texas A&M University in Bioengineering, NanoMedicine and Process Safety Engineering.
  • The Award of “Bridging the Gaps” from the EPSRC for Multidisciplinary Research “Hops” across disciplines, ~£1.5 million for 3 year for
  • The development of collaborative research facilities MOU between Texas A&M‘s Texas Institute for Preclinical Studies (TIPS), Texas Institute for Genetic Medicine (TIGM), National Center for Advanced Therapeutics Manufacturing and Swansea University's Institute of Life Science (ILS).

Questions & Answers

anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
what's the easiest and fastest way to the synthesize AgNP?
Damian Reply
types of nano material
abeetha Reply
I start with an easy one. carbon nanotubes woven into a long filament like a string
many many of nanotubes
what is the k.e before it land
what is the function of carbon nanotubes?
I'm interested in nanotube
what is nanomaterials​ and their applications of sensors.
Ramkumar Reply
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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