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terça-feira, 31 de janeiro de 2012

Live debate: How nanotechnology is prolonging life

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As the population ages, nanotechnology is increasingly being used in medical treatments and procedures to support and extend life – but what are the challenges and wider implications? 

Don't miss your chance to join a live streamed debate taking place here on 31 January.

Post your questions on Twitter using the hashtag#debatenano or in the comments section below

What are the challenges and wider implications of using
nanotechnology to prolong life? Join the live seminar to find out
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According to government figures, there are currently about 10 million people over the age of 65 in the UK and by 2050, that figure will have almost doubled to 19 million.

This changing demographic will place an unprecedented strain on health and social services. Fortunately more and more people are taking steps to ensure their old age is spent in good health and new medical advances that rely on nanotechnology are coming to the fore, which allow for better treatments, diagnosis and prevention of diseases associated with old age.

But what are the challenges and wider implications of using nanotechnology to prolong life and support a healthier, more independent ageing population?

Join the debate

You are invited to discuss the issues with a panel of experts during a live-streamed debate at 3pm on 31 January. You can post questions in advance or during the event on Twitter using the hashtag #debatenano or in the comments section below, andjoin the debate live here on the day.

The debate will be chaired by Alok Jha, the Guardian's science correspondent, and will also be attended by:

David Willetts, MP, minister for universities and science
Prof. Mark Miodownik, materials scientist and engineer, Mechanical Engineering Dept, UCL.
Professor Shervanthi Homer-Vanniasinkam, consultant vascular surgeon, Leeds General Infirmary
Dr Leonard Fass, director academic relations, GE Healthcare
Professor Peter Dobson, director for Oxford Begbroke and chief strategic adviser to Research Councils UK for nanotechnology
Professor Kostas Kostarelos, chair of nanomedicine, Centre for Drug Delivery Research, School of Pharmacy, University of London
Dr Donald Bruce, managing director, Edinethics

Don't miss your chance to shape the debate into how nanotechnology is increasingly being used to promote healthy, extended lives.

Fonte: The Guardian

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