SCI 60 W — Clinical Nanomedicine: Hype or Hope?
Course Format: Flex Online (About Formats)
Duration: 5 weeks
Date(s): Oct 19—Nov 20
Drop Deadline: Oct 22
Instructor(s): Travis Shaffer
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Could we one day have miniature robots patrolling our bodies, seeking out and preventing disease before we show any symptoms? In 1959, Nobel Laureate Richard Feynman predicted such a future in his seminal lecture to the American Physical Society, “There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom,” but nanotechnology would take decades to develop. This course offers a primer on the latest advances in nanotechnology, the process by which scientists are able to control structures one hundred thousand times smaller than a human hair. We’ll delve into emerging nanotechnologies in the realm of cancer treatments and vaccine development, and as a unique weapon to battle infections resistant to current treatments. In addition, the course will explore the nanotechnological development pipeline—the process by which nano innovations go from the initial discovery to FDA approval and commercialization (and why various nano products have failed). The course will conclude with a conversation about what the future in five and fifty years may hold for nanotechnology in biomedicine and beyond.