Friday, January 16, 2015

Groundbreaking Nanomedicine Program Creates Opportunities for Undergraduates

When it comes to the future of medicine, small is indeed beautiful.
By Charlie Feigenoff, UVA TODAY:

Working at the nanoscale, tens of thousands of researchers are in a race to develop tiny nanoparticles, nanodevices and nanopatterned surfaces for medical applications. Their goals are both comprehensive and ambitious. They are hoping to create drugs that stop disease processes at the molecular level where they start, engineer drug delivery systems that are small enough to reach deep within the body and build scaffolding and textured surfaces that the body can use to regenerate lost or damaged tissue.

To prepare students to take part in this swiftly emerging field, University of Virginia faculty members in the School of Engineering and Applied Science’s departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Biomedical Engineering have formed a program in nanomedicine.

“This is a great model of departments working together,” said professor William Johnson, who chairs Materials Science and Engineering. “Students were very interested in nanomedicine, and we wanted to make the opportunities in the field available to them.”