London, United Kingdom

Nanotechnology in Medicine (Level 2)

when 29 June 2020 - 17 July 2020
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 7.5 EC
fee GBP 2100

The 2020 UCL Summer School has been cancelled due to the spread of Covid-19.

This module introduces students to the emerging use of nanotechnology in medicine. At the nanoscale, physical and chemical (and thereby biological) properties of materials differ from the properties of individual atoms or bulk matter. These nanoscale properties are offering new opportunities for disease diagnosis (e.g. quantum dots, magnetic nanoparticles) and treatment (e.g. targeted nanoparticle drug delivery, nano-targeted radiation therapy and nano-designed tissue scaffolds). Through laboratory sessions, workshops and lectures by world-leading researchers and active clinicians, this module explores why size is important for nanoparticle theranostics and for controlling biological interactions for biomaterial and tissue engineering.

Course leader

Kate Ricketts is a lecturer in Cancer Nanotechnology and Physics and module lead of the Nanotechnology element within the MSc in Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine. Kate is also an honorary Clinical Radiotherapy Physicist at UCH with a focus on tran

Target group

A minimum of one year of undergraduate study (or research experience in a relevant field) at the time of joining the Summer School. Considering the interdisciplinary content, students are encouraged to apply from a broad range of degrees including but not limited to: biological science, biomedical science, physics, chemistry, biophotonics, material science, medicine or a biotechnology related subject.

Course aim

Upon successful completion of this module, students will:

Understand why size matters in medical applications of nanotechnology; and understand the impact of the nanoscale on the laws of physics, and resulting effects on chemical and biological interactions

Understand what nanotoxicity is, how it is measured and why it is an important consideration in nanomedicine

Understand how nanotechnology can be applied to clinical imaging modalities to increase sensitivity and specificity of: (i) magnetic resonance imaging, (ii) x-ray based imaging

Understand how nanotechnology can be applied in the delivery and targeted release of drugs; and in radiotherapy to enhance tumour cell kill and localise cancer treatment

Be able to describe how nanoscale sized topographies and particles can influence biological interactions (including cell behaviour)

Credits info

7.5 EC
7.5 ECTS / 4 US / 0.5 UCL

Fee info

GBP 2100: Students joining us for six weeks (two modules) will receive a tuition fee discount.
GBP 1100: UCL offers accommodation in a vibrant area in the heart of London which costs approx. £1100 per 3-week Session.