Scientists at QSAR Lab have signed agreement for an international collaborative grant to develop novel cutting-edge tests to prevent the use of animals when assessing safety concerns surrounding nanotechnology.
Nanotechnology is a field which could greatly enhance crucial aspects of our lives pending proper investigation into associated risks.
The grant has been awarded as part of the Horizon2020 scheme, the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever, with nearly €80 billion of funding available over seven years (2014 to 2020).
Swansea University will lead an international team of scientists including academic, industrial, government and risk assessment partners to work on this major project entitled Physiologically Anchored Tools for Realistic nanOmateriaL hazard aSsessment (PATROLS). The project involves a total of 26 partners spread across 14 countries through Europe and across the globe including Canada, Japan, Korea and the US.
The project faced competition from scientific groups all over Europe to become the only one selected for funding through a dedicated Horizon2020 challenge under the Industrial Leadership pillar.
PATROLS comprises many of Europe’s leading experts in nanosafety, ecotoxicology, cell biology, systems biology, computational modelling, tissue engineering and material science. This range of expertise will allow PATROLS to develop the next-generation of non-animal nanosafety testing solutions, to protect consumers, workers, patients and our environment, allowing us to enjoying the benefits that nanotechnological developments promise to have on our daily lives.
The PATROLS project has started on the 1st of Jnauary 2018-and will run for 3.5 years.
The webpage of the project is https://www.patrols-h2020.eu/
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