Nanomedicine in Healthcare

NISE Network product
Description: 

This forum explores nanotechnology-enabled medical technologies and their potential to transform health care, while considering the societal, ethical, environmental and economic impacts of this emerging technology.

This forum asks participants to consider and discuss two nanotechnology application scenarios and the possible opportunities, impacts, risks, and benefits. They will also have the opportunity to raise questions about the societal and environmental implications of nanotechnology to a panel of experts.

Forum participants will deliberate in small groups and create a group response to the overarching question, “Under what conditions should nanotechnology applications in medicine and personal care products be made available to the public? Why?”

Finally, each group will make a brief report to everyone on the group’s thoughts and recommendations

Audience: 
Nano topics: 

Objectives

Big Idea: 
Given the potential benefits as well as the unknown risks associated with nanotechnology, under what conditions should nanotechnology applications in medicine and personal care products be made available to the public? Why?
NISE Net Content Map: 
  • Nanoscience, nanotechnology, and nanoengineering lead to new knowledge and innovations that weren't possible before.
  • Nanotechnologies—and their costs, utility, risks, and benefits—are closely interconnected with society and with our values.

Credits

Funding: 
Developed for the NISE Network with funding from the National Science Foundation under Award Numbers 0532536 and 0940143. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this product are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.
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