Nanomedicine Explorer Website and DVD

NISE Network product
Description: 

The Nanomedicine Explorer is an interactive, bilingual, multimedia program and website. Visitors can explore a variety of research areas in cancer nanomedicine through vivid animations and video story-telling up close with a diverse group of researchers. Interactive features include games, polls, and options to dig deeper into the material. Fully bilingual English/Espanol. The multimedia package on DVD can also be loaded into any computer display or custom-built cabinet to augment existing health, medicine,and nanotechnology exhibits.

Nanomedicine Explorer DVD was included in 2013 NanoDays Kits. If you are interested and did not receive the 2013 kit, contact Strategic Projects at the Museum of Science, Boston for the DVD (nano@mos.org).

The Nanomedicine Explorer is also available as an exhibit kiosk or component of the Nanomedicine Exhibition.

Produced with support from the NIH NCRR SEPA program.

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Objectives

Big Idea: 
The field of nanomedicine is rapidly expanding and may soon bring us long-hoped for improvements in areas such as cancer detection and treatment. Researchers from different fields bring together their expertise to develop novel and sometimes revolutionary approaches to the detection and treatment of disease. All new approaches must go through rigorous safety and efficacy testing procedures in vitro, in animal models, and in clinical trials before being approved.
Learning Goals: 
  • Nanomedicine is the application of nanotechnology to medicine.
  • Nanotechnology is the science of the small and the engineering and applications of very small structures.
  • Nanomedicine researchers develop tiny materials, tools and devices that can work with extreme precision at the nanoscale, the scale of the molecules and cells that make up our bodies.
  • Nanotechnology has created many materials and devices with unique and distinctive features - providing a new "toolbox" to try to address many medical needs.
  • Experts from a variety of backgrounds and in a range of different science and engineering disciplines are coming together to address these challenges.
  • Research involves creativity, discipline, teamwork and inspiration; it is often rewarding in personal as well as professional ways.
  • What cancer is, and how it grows and metastasizes.
  • All new techniques must go through years of testing to ensure that they will work and that they will be safe.
NISE Net Content Map: 
  • Scientists and engineers have formed the interdisciplinary field of nanotechnology by investigating properties and manipulating matter at the nanoscale.
  • Nanoscience, nanotechnology, and nanoengineering lead to new knowledge and innovations that weren't possible before.
  • Nanotechnologies—and their costs, utility, risks, and benefits—are closely interconnected with society and with our values.

Credits

Funding: 
Developed with support from 3 sources: the NIH NCRR SEPA program; the NISE Network (NSF ESI 0532536); and the Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing (NSF 0425826). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this product are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSF, NIH or CHN.
Owning institution: 
Museum of Science, Boston
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Development Process: 

NISE Network products are developed through an iterative collaborative process that includes scientific review, peer review, and visitor evaluation in accordance with an inclusive audiences approach. Products are designed to be easily edited and adapted for different audiences under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike license. To learn more, visit our Development Process page.