Transforming Healthcare, Changing Lives
September 4, 2011
Center for Nanosciences, Kochi
The evolving field of nanomedicine has boundless potential to transform healthcare and change lives.
Nanomedicine is effectively used today for simple treatments like wound care and staph infections.
Nanodevices are used in medical applications including diagnosis, nervous system and heart tracking and drug dispersion.
Nanomedicine is advancing and the Amrita Centre for Nanosciences and Molecular Medicine is a part of its evolution.
During August 14-17, students from the Center attended the Third International Conference on Frontiers in Nanoscience and Technology organized by Cochin University of Science and Technology.
The conference brought together eminent academic and industry researchers who shared the latest developments in nanosciences and nanotechnology.
Several Amrita students were short-listed for poster presentations at the conference.
The Amrita nanosciences study, Biocompatible Multimodal Magnetite/Gold Nanohybrids via Green Chemistry Route for MRI and CT Imaging was recognized as the second best student poster at the conference.
The study was performed by Sreeja Narayanan who is working on her PhD in targeted nanomedicines for cancer therapy.
Sreeja’s work is supported by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and supervised by Dr. Deepthy Menon, Associate Professor, whose area of interest includes designing nanomedicines to treat cancer, malaria and inflammation.
The award-winning study highlighted the importance of using aqueous green routes for the biological contrast nanoprobe preparatory applications which involve harsh organic chemical synthesis procedures.
The prepared biocompatible nano contrast agent has integrated functionalities that enable its use as a magnetic and X-ray contrast material in MRI and CT scans.
“We acknowledge the support of the Government of India’s Department of Science and Technology,” stated the winning research group.
Nano sized particles, though invisible to the human eyes, seems to have incredible life giving powers.
Together, nanomedicine and Amrita are transforming healthcare and changing lives.