just stimulating conversation
This event took place on Tuesday February 8th, 2011 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in room 2610 SPH Crossroads.Nanotechnology has been touted variously as the next industrial revolution and the next asbestos. But where does the hype end and reality begin? And what does this mean for public health? Three leading experts discuss the health risks and opportunities of engineering matter at the nanometer scale.
Martin Philbert, Dean, School of Public Health.
"Nanotechnology is a myth - something that was invented to stimulate funding and encourage scientists to work together in new ways. But engineering matter at the nanoscale is real - and is leading to new risks as well as new opportunities. Realizing these opportunities will require new approaches to understanding and addressing the potential risks"
Mark Banaszak-Holl, Professor of Chemistry, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.
"We have an opportunity to revolutionize biology and medicine in a manner analogous to the great strides previously achieved at the molecular and micron scales and to achieve a much greater understanding of complex, hierarchical biological materials. This new knowledge will engender more effective therapeutics, prosthetics, artificial tissues, and tissue regeneration; however, new risks and ethical problems will arise alongside these new capabilities."
Shobita Parthasarathy, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.
"The new opportunities and challenges presented by nanoscale science and engineering raise critical new policy issues. How can we ensure these new technologies are developed and used most effectively, without harming people?"