Recent years have witnessed unprecedented growth of research and applications in the area of nanoscience and nanotechnology. The use of nanotechnology in medicine and more specifically drug delivery is increasingly gaining popularity. The biomedical applications of nanoparticles as efficient drug delivery carriers have attracted great attention in the last decade.
As part of Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, School of Medical Science and Technology (SMST), Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India, in collaboration with Centre for Research in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (CRNN), University of Calcutta, India, World Academy of Biomedical Sciences and Technologies (WABT), Paris, France, International Council for Engineering and Technology (ICET), Paris, UNESCO, France and NanoScience Technology Center & Advanced Materials Processing and Analysis Center (AMPAC), University of Central Florida, USA is organizing the 1st International Workshop on Nanoparticles and their Applications in Medicine (NAM – 2012) on 3-4 January, 2012.
NAM–2012 aims to provide an overview on recent advances and challenges in the development of nanoparticles and their applications in health care. Faculty members, clinical researchers, scientists, technologists and students from various national and international Institutes/Universities are expected to participate in the workshop. This workshop will consist of a number of talks by key experts and well known speakers on developments and therapeutic applications of nanoparticles in medicine. Arrangements will be made for live demonstration of nanoparticle characterization tools. A panel discussion with a goal to review the current state of technology and associated R&D challenges in this emerging field is also proposed. Translating nanoparticle research into medicine for improved patient care and the role of commercialization will be discussed. A specific goal of the workshop is to define a set of proposed research directions and motivate joint research proposals with Europe and USA.

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