Preventing and Treating Biological Exposures

Project leaders Agnes Kane and Robert Hurt participated in and presented at “Preventing and Treating Biological Exposures: An Occupational Health Colloquium” on June 9 2014, in Providence, RI. The event was presented by Eagleson Institute and the Elizabeth R. Griffin Research Foundation. Sponsors were American Biological Safety Association (ABSA), American Association of Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS), and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM). Agnes and Robert co-presented on “Risks and Benefits of Graphene for Environmental and Biomedical Applications.” Nanotechnology is an emerging industry based on design, synthesis, and application of engineered materials in the size range of 100 nm or less. Interdisciplinary research at Brown University focuses on graphene, a single-atom monolayer of carbon arranged in a two-dimensional honeycomb structure with unique optical, electronic, and mechanical properties. Graphene-based nanomaterials are under development for novel electronic and energy storage applications. As a carbon-based nanomaterial, graphene is biocompatible and has potential applications as biosensors, multimodal imaging probes, barriers for chemical pollutants, antimicrobial agents, and bioengineered tissues and implants. Dr. Agnes Kane is working together with an interdisciplinary research team of engineers and cell biologists to use computational design for safe development of graphene-based nanomaterials to minimize adverse environmental and human health impacts.

For more details about the colloquium, click HERE.