We are developing tailored safety testing methods for nanomaterials

We are developing tailored safety testing methods for nanomaterials

The Challenge

How do we assess the safety of nanomaterials? DNA damage in particular is a concern as it can lead to cancer development and so, assessing the DNA damaging capacity of a substance we are exposed to is a vital aspect of safety assessment. Although regulatory safety tests for chemicals are well defined, they are not always appropriate for nanomaterials. This has been a substantial barrier to nanotechnology innovation worldwide.

The Method

Professor Shareen Doak and her team have been developing tailored safety testing methods for nanomaterials and new, advanced non-animal tissue models. These improved safety testing tools are now being utilised in international nano-regulatory frameworks. 

The Impact

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