Professor Quentin Pankhurst, Institute of Biomedical Engineering, University College London, will present the upcoming Fröhlich lecture on
“Biomedical Applications of Magnetic Nanoparticles”
16.00 Wednesday 24th October 2012
Rotblat Lecture Theatre, Chadwick Building
Refreshments will be served at 15.45 outside the lecture theatres
The Fröhlich Lectures are presentations by research leaders which are intended to be accessible to a general audience at the advanced undergraduate level.
‘Healthcare Biomagnetics’ – the sensing, moving and heating of magnetic nanoparticles in vitro or in the human body – is a rapidly changing field that is attracting interest worldwide. It offers the potential to develop safe and convenient alternatives for a diverse range of therapeutic and diagnostic healthcare applications, using injectable materials of proven safety and reliability. In doing so, it makes use of the three fundamental ‘action-at-a-distance’ properties of magnetic materials – their ability to act as remote sensors, mechanical actuators, and heat sources.
The versatility of the field is leading to the emergence of multi-modal applications, combining two or more of the sensing-moving-heating properties in the same product. Similarly, certain applications are now entering or are close to beginning Phase I/II clinical trials, or in the case of in vitro products, are already in the marketplace. Pertinent examples of work in the fields of targeted delivery of drugs and other therapeutic agents, and others, will be presented and discussed.