IPTC 2019
From 11-13th September 2019, the 12th International Particle Toxicology Conference will be taking place in Salzburg, Austria. The IPTC series of conferences brings together experts on particle toxicology worldwide considering all types of particles. It covers basic research issues, but has a strong focus on applications of particle toxicology, which are in work place safety, environmental safety, consumer safety, medical and diagnostic developments and other fields.A focus of the Salzburg meeting will be the challenges to translate knowledge derived from particle safety research into...

Surprisingly simple method could expand human visual sense Extended senses: An injection with nanoparticles could expand our vision in the future - and make infrared radiation visible to us. Researchers have now successfully tested how this works with mice. The nanoparticles injected into the eye attach themselves to the photoreceptors of the retina and convert incident infrared radiation into green light signals. These are then processed normally by the eye. According to the researchers, this method could also give us humans a real infrared vision. Even if our eye can still...

Our inhaled air contains a multitude of molecules, dust particles and biological components (pollen, bacteria, viruses, plant fibres etc.). In addition to gas molecules such as oxygen, which is very important to us, other unwanted things also enter our respiratory tract. The olfactory mucosa is an important barrier here.What role does the olfactory mucosa play in the possible absorption of nanoparticles via nasal breathing? Where is this olfactory mucosa located at all? Is there a direct connection to the brain? What do research studies say? Answers to these and other questions...

The JRC just released a report clarifying the key concepts and terms used in the European Commission's nanomaterial definition. This will support stakeholders for the correct implementation of legislation making reference to the definition.Nanotechnology may well be one of the most fast-moving sectors of the last few years.The number of products produced by nanotechnology or containing nanomaterials entering the market is increasing.As the technology develops, nanomaterials are delivering benefits to many sectors, including: healthcare (in targeted drug delivery, regenerative...

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