Since biological processes, including events necessary for life and those that lead to cancer, occur at the nanoscale, the potential for using nanotechnology in medicine, especially in the area of cancer, is vast. For example, nanoparticles capable of actively targeting tumor cells will enable clinicians to deliver therapy specifically to the tumor while reducing unwanted side effects. In addition, powerful chemotherapeutic agents that were abandoned due to their highly toxic side effects can be resurrected using nanotechnology enabled delivery systems that protect the healthy cells and enable these drugs to become viable treatment options.
In order to engage and inform the clinical community about recent advances at the convergence of nanotechnology and cancer, the IIN in partnership with the NU Center of Cancer Nanotechnology, the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Baxter Healthcare Corporation presents an annual Nano Boot Camp for Clinicians.
The half-day symposium provides an excellent way for clinicians and medical students to gain an understanding of nanotechnology, current advances in the field, and the prospects for translating these advances to the clinic.
The Nano Boot Camp is offered free of charge and is open to any interested clinician or student. It is generally held on the NU Chicago campus in late fall.
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