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EU Study Tackles Nanotoxicology Dilemma

Summary posted by Meridian on 7/3/2009

Source: European Commission Research Information Centre

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A new project funded under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Program (FP7) will create a critical and commented database on the health, safety and environmental impact of nanoparticles. The project, called NHECD, or "Nano Health-Environment Commented Database," is coordinated by Professor Oded Maimon from Tel Aviv University, Israel, with participants from JRC (Italy), IVAM (Netherlands) and tp21 (Germany), and has funding of US$2.03 million. According to the article, "[T]he ultimate objective of NHECD is to develop an open access, robust and sustainable system that can meet the challenge of automatically maintaining a rich and up-to-date scientific research repository. This repository would enable a comprehensive analysis of published data on health and environment effects following exposure to nanoparticles....The repository would also be harmonised to be compatible with existing databases at the metadata level." The database will be unique in that various user groups, such as industry and public institutions, will be able to access, locate and retrieve information relevant to their needs. Ultimately, it will help strengthen public understanding of the impact of nanoparticles on health and the environment, and support the safe and responsible development and use of nanotechnology, said the project partners. Professor Maiman added "[W]e believe that our work will stimulate further research in this area by enabling a clear view of the field and allowing us to understand the effects of nanoparticles." The article can be viewed online at the link below.

The original article may still be available at http://ec.europa.eu/research/infocentre/article_en.cfm?id=/research/headlines/news/article_09_07_03_en.html&item=Infocentre&artid=12033

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