Intro to Nanomedicine video

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What is Nanomedicine? This is the introductory component for the Nanomedicine exhibit package; but the video on it's own is also an informative stand-alone media piece for other uses. The structure includes a text panel and a narrated-and-captioned 2.5 minute video which plays on demand in either English or Spanish on a 32-inch LCD screen. The video's colorful animation and researcher commentary complements the accompanying text panel to provide a brief overview of some of the basic ideas and goals of nanomedicine.

This exhibit was part of the Nanotechnology: What's the Big Deal? exhibition which toured the Arkansas Discovery Network beginning in 2010.



Big Idea

Researchers in nanomedicine work in interdisciplinary teams to develop novel and much improved techniques of diagnosis, treatment, and repair through the application of nanotechnology, the science and engineering of tiny materials and devices that can work on the scale of the molecules and cells that make up our bodies. All these new nanomedicine materials, devices and techniques need to go through years of testing to prove that they are safe as well as effective.

Learning Goals

Nanomedicine is the applicaton of nanotechnology to medicine.

Nanotechnology is the science of the small and the engineering and applications of very small structures.

The building blocks are molecules and atoms.

Most of the components of our cells are nanoscale objects.

Nanomedicine researchers develop tiny tools that can work with extreme precision at the nanoscale.

Nanotechnology has created many materials with unique and distinctive features - providing a new "toolbox" to try to address many medical needs. These include delivering drugs to the right place and avoiding biological barriers.

These challenges require the coordinated efforts of interdisciplinary teams - many such teams are already at work.

Each technique will need to go through years of testing to ensure that it will work and that it will be safe.

Nano Content Map
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.



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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