The application of science and technology at the nanoscale for biomedical problems promises to revolutionise medicine. Recent years have witnessed unprecedented advances in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases by applying nanotechnology to medicine. This course focuses on explaining the fundamentals of nanomedicine, and highlighting the special properties and application of nanomaterials in medicine. This course also reviews the most significant biomedical applications of nanomaterials including the recent breakthroughs in drug delivery, medical imaging, gene therapy, biosensors and cancer treatment. The aims and objectives of this unit of study are: to introduce the student to the application of nanotechnology in medicine and diverse range of nanomaterials used in this field; to give the student an overview of basic principles on synthesis and characterisation of nanomaterials in medicine; to enable students to understand the current challenges and difficulties in nanomedicine and give them ideas to engineer and design new materials to address the current challenges; to introduce students to the future impact of nanomedicine on healthcare practice.
through semester assessment (60%) and final exam (40%)
1000-level Biology and Chemistry; 3000-level or higher Engineering Design Practice and Biomedical Engineering; AMME1362 or 6cp 1000-level Materials Science; MECH2901 or 6cp 2000-level Anatomy and Physiology.