Introduction to environmental and health aspects of nanotechnology

(Nanowerk News) The Society for Risk Analysis offers an "Introduction to Environmental and Health Aspects of Nanotechnology" on December 5, 2010, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
This half day course is intended for individuals interested in an introduction to potential environmental risk concerns raised by introducing nanotechnology into society and the economy.
This course will provide participants with an overview of the emerging concerns regarding nanotechnology and nanomaterials and impacts for occupational and public health and the environment.. The course introduces the topics of nanotechnology, nanotoxicology, environmental aspects of nanotechnology, and addresses ethical, legal, societal and regulatory perspectives. Through lectures and interactive sessions, participants will obtain a knowledge base for understanding the exposure, human health, and safety issues for nanomaterials and nanotechnologies and the potential impacts for workers, consumers, stakeholders, and the environment.
At the conclusion of this course, the participants will have gained insights into

(1) Key concerns regarding nanotechnology risks for employees, the public, and the environment;

(2) Characteristics and properties of nanomaterials and nanotechnologies;

(3) Nanotoxicology: state-of-the-science regarding the toxicity of nanomaterials and nanotechnologies;

(4) Environmental aspects of nanotechnology; and

(5) Risk assessment and risk management issues for nanomaterials and nanotechnologies.


Jo Anne Shatkin, Ph.D. CLF Ventures, Inc.

Jo Anne Shatkin is author of Nanotechnology Health and Environmental Risks (CRC Press 2008) and founder of the SRA Specialty Group, Emerging Nanoscale Materials. She is CEO of CLF Ventures, Inc, in Boston.

Richard Canady, Ph.D., DABT; ILSI Research Foundation

Among other activities, Rick Canady led FDA's Nanotechnology Task Force report and guidance for nanomaterial testing for OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials. He now directs the Center for Human Health Risk Assessment at ILSI RF

Source: Society for Risk Analysis (press release)