207613 Future Potential of Nanotechnology In Public health

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Vijay Golla, PhD , Dept. of Public Health, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY
Susmita Meher Sukkala , Department Of Public Health, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY
Nanotechnology is an extremely diverse field whose theme is to control matter in molecular or an atomic scale. It deals with the development of materials or devices at particle sizes of 100 nanometers (10-9) or smaller, roughly the width of three or four atoms. Nanotechnology has a variety of applications in the areas of medicine, public health, toxicology, pharmacology, electronics and energy production. Lux research, which is an independent research and advisory firm for emerging technologies, estimates that by the year 2014, approximately $2.6 trillion in manufactured goods will incorporate nanotechnology. Nanotechnology could provide the field of public health with new ways to manage, monitor, measure, and reduce environmental contaminants. United States Environmental Protection Agency states that contaminants from soil and ground water can be removed by using iron nanoparticles. Though nanotechnology has a great potential to benefit humankind, it is necessary to understand its potential health and safety implications. The products used by nanotechnology in electrical, medical and various other fields like engineering, food, biotechnology may have potential health effects. For example, carbon nanotubes that are useful in several applications of nanotechnology and materials science are limited by their potential toxicity that can cause lung damage similar to that of asbestosis. It is not only important to recognize the significance of the applications of nanotechnology for advancements in the field of public health, but also identify potential exposures that can cause adverse health effects as a result of the use of new technologies.

Learning Objectives:
Explain the advantages and disadvantages of nanotechnolgy and its influence in public health.

Keywords: Environmental Health, New Technology

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a student of Public health with environmental health concentration. I have worked with my professors in their research and this gave me the confidence to present the poster.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.