Centro de Biologia Molecular e Ambiental

Centre of Molecular and Environmental Biology

Nanoparticles and the immune system: risks and therapeutic opportunities

Dates & Venue
June 5 – 14
Departament of Biology, Universidade do Minho
Course Info
The recent boom in nanotechnology based products in our daily life has led to concerns regarding safety and eventual risks of exposure to nanoparticles. On the other hand, development of nanodevices of increasing sophistication and complexity may yield more effective therapies compared to conventional medicine.

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África González-Fernández
Grupo de Immunología, Universidade de Vigo
Miguel Vilanova
Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar, Universidade do Porto
Teresa Petersen
International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory - INL
Sónia Fraga
Faculdade de Farmácia, Universidade do Porto
Artur Ribeiro
Universidade do Minho
  • The potential risks of exposure of the human organism to nanoparticules, in particular at the level of the immune system;
  • Nanotechnology-based strategies to control and modulate immune responses in order to treat and potentially cure diseases such as cancer and chronic diseases

Practical classes will allow the participants to produce specific types of nanoparticles, evaluate their citotoxicity and interaction with immune cell types. 


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