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ÉquiNanos: innovative team for nanoparticle risk management
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Interactions between nanoparticles (NP), humans and the environment are not fully understood yet. Moreover, frameworks aiming at protecting human health have not been adapted to NP but are nonetheless applied to NP-related activities. Consequently, business organizations currently have to deal with NP-related risks despite the lack of a proven effective method of risk-management. To respond to these concerns and fulfill the needs of populations and industries, ÉquiNanos was created as a largely interdisciplinary provincial research team in Canada. ÉquiNanos consists of eight platforms with different areas of action, from adaptive decision-aid tool to public and legal governance, while including biological monitoring. ÉquiNanos resources aim at responding to the concerns of the Quebec nanotechnology industry and public health authorities. Our mandate is to understand the impact of NP on human health in order to protect the population against all potential risks emerging from these high-priority and rapidly expanding innovative technologies.
In this paper by Canadian authors an important framework is discussed with the goal of acquiring more detailed information and establishing an infrastructure to evaluate the interaction between nanoparticles and living organisms, with the ultimate goal of safety and risk management of the rapidly growing fields of nanotechnology-based biological applications.
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Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine, 9(1): 22-24 (January 2013)
Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine
Nadeau S, Bouchard M, Debia M, DeMarcellis-Warin N, Halle S, Songmene V, Therrien MC, Wilkinson K, Ateme-Nguema B, Dufour G, Dufresne A, Fatisson J, Haddad S, Hadioui M, Kouam J, Morency F, Tardiff R, Viens M, Weichenthal S, Viau C, Camus M
Last updated on February 12, 2013
This work is supported in part by the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Initiative of the National Science Foundation
under NSF Award Number EEC-0118007.
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