Conference on nanotechnology and animal testing

A conference entitled ‘Nanotechnology – towards reducing animal testing’ will be held in London, UK, on 28 and 29 May.

Due to the limitations and costs of animal experimentation there is a great deal of research being carried out on finding viable and effective alternatives. This conference will highlight some
of the potential applications in nanotechnology for reducing animal experiments whilst maintaining safety for patients and consumers.

Issues which will be addressed by the conference include:
– a review of some of the most promising human cell-based in vitro models;
– novel lab-on-a-chip and bioreactor systems for screening, toxicology and targeting studies;
– surface modification at the nanoscale to improve biosensors and in vitro test systems;
– potential new strategies for applying nanotechnology to alternatives;
– the role of the European Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods (ECVAM).

The conference is organised by the Institute of Nanotechnology.

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