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NHK World Japan features the Nanomedicine Lab in Direct Talk – The Medical Revolution

NHK World Japan interviewed Professor Kostarelos about his views on nanotechnology impacting medicine. Kostas talked about how this medical revolution is gradually taking place through methods leading to tissue regeneration, advanced drug delivery, neural interface devices. All part of the Nanomedicine Lab research areas and active projects!





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Dr Loret explains graphene oxide nanomaterial potential safety and toxicity

Graphene and other nanomaterials may be set to revolutionize our daily lives, but the potential impact of nanomaterials on human health require further study. In this video, Dr. Thomas Loret of the University of Manchester describes his research into the potential pulmonary toxicity of graphene oxide and other 2D materials, using in vitro methodologies to focus on proinflammatory markers.


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Press excited with Nanomedicine Lab – CUHK collaboration in designing propelled delivery systems published in Science Robotics

The animation that Science magazine put out on YouTube to promote/communicate the article: This robot made of algae can swim through your body.

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Wide-circulation press:

Tiny robot designed to fight cancer could be inserted into human body

Scientists have developed tiny, remote-controlled “microrobots” with the ability to release cancer-targeting drugs, which they hope will one day be used to diagnose disease and administer drugs inside the human body. Read article      


The tiny robots that could help treat cancer: ‘Biohybrid’ machines the same size as a red blood cell could soon deliver drugs to remote parts of the body

Scientists Tiny robots could soon be delivering life-saving treatments to hard-to-reach parts of the body, according to a new study. Read more      


MICROBOT MIRACLE Tiny cancer fighting robots could be injected into humans to fight disease

TINY robots small enough to be injected into the human body have been hailed as a potential breakthrough in the battle to cure cancer. More details


Tiny microrobots could be used to cure cancer

Known as “biohybrids,” the microbots can be controlled remotely to deliver life-saving drugs directly to affected areas for maximum efficiency. Read article


GERMINATOR Tiny robots can be used to eradicate cancer cells in blood stream, scientists believe

Experts have developed remote-controlled “micro-robots” that have the ability to release drugs to target cancer with precision. Find out more

Science-focused outlets:

Biodegradable nanobots could help treat cancer


The team led by Prof Li Zhang from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, including Prof Kostas Kostarelos from Manchester University, have created the bots from a biodegradable material called spirulina algae. More details

                                                                                               How nanobots work (by Carlo Schaffer, Science Robotics, AAAS)


Using microrobots to diagnose and treat illness in remote areas of the body

Imagine a swarm of remote-controlled microrobots, a few micrometers in length (blood-vessel-sized), unleashed into your body to swim through your intestinal track or blood vessels, for example. Goal: to diagnose illness and treat it in hard-to-reach areas of the body. Read here


Nanobots pass first stage in ‘fantastic voyage’ from fiction to fact

A team of scientists have created a new generation of tiny remote controlled nanorobots which could one day allow doctors to diagnose disease and deliver drugs from within the human body. Read here


Various other news websites:

The remote-controlled nanorobots that may hold the future of medicine.

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Tiny robot to be inserted into human bodies to fight cancer

The real potential of these bots, according to Professor Kostarelos, lies in the potential to navigate them towards “hard-to-reach cavities of the human body” where they can treat or diagnose disease without the need for more invasive methods. Read here


Tiny robot biohybrids could help treat cancer

Rather than design complicated nano-robots from scratch, scientists are increasingly looking to build on the elegant infrastructure provided by nature. Read more


Nanobots Pass First Stage in “Fantastic Voyage” From Fiction to Fact

An international team of researchers have created remote controlled nanobots from a biodegradable material that they believe could assist doctors in diagnosing diseases and delivering drugs to target sites. Read article 

(Source: University of Manchester)


Algae hope for diagnostic nanobots 

The algae are thought to have been a source of nourishment in central America at the time of the Aztecs. They are biodegradable and available for sale as a food substitute in health food shops. Read here


Scientists Program Remote-Controlled Nanobots to Kill Cancer

A joint effort by researchers at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and The University of Manchester, these tiny droids could one day empower doctors to diagnose disease and deliver drugs from within the human body.Read More


Tiny robots step closer to treating hard-to-reach parts of the body

Spirulina algae coated with magnetic particles to form a microrobot. Devices such as these could be developed to diagnose and treat illness in hard-to-reach parts of the body. More details


Magnetically-Controlled Organic Microbots Could Change Medicine in the Next Decade

Microbots designed to traverse the human body are one of the most potentially transformative technologies in the future of healthcare. Researchers have developed a microbot made from algae that solves some problems with the tech. Read here


Researchers Turn Algae Into Micro-Robots

Targeting diseased cells while leaving the surrounding healthy tissue alone is a big challenge in drug development. It would be nice if you could get a robot to do it for you. Read article 


Tiny magnetic robots could treat hard-to-reach body parts

Scientists have developed a swarm of robots measuring about the size of a blood cell that can be remotely operated to diagnose and treat illness in hard-to-reach areas of the human body.Read More

Mass newspaper and media websites from Greater China:

Could tiny robots made from algae be the next big break in the fight against cancer?

A common algae has been used to make biodegradable microrobots that could detect diseases in the human body as well as attack cancer cells, Chinese University researchers announced on Tuesday. More details


Cancer killer is a micro marvel

Two Chinese University of Hong Kong researchers have developed the first biodegradable microbot – a microscopic robot – with the “unexpected” ability to kill cancer cells in a laboratory setting. Read here


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‘Graphene: One world in 2D’ featured in ΤΟ ΒΗΜΑ, a Sunday large circulation newspaper in Greece

The scientific developments of the lightest and most resistant material that man has ever made, has been the subject of Graphene Week Conference held in Athens, Greece from the 25th until the 29th September 2017. At this annual gathering for graphene technology leaders Kostas gave a talk on the work carried out in the Nanomedicine Lab and was featured in the article.

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The Norwegian daily newspaper Klassekampen is interested in the technologies developed in the Nanomedicine Lab

One of the larger circulation daily newspapers in Norway was interested to discuss with Prof Kostarelos the adoption and possible misuse of nanotechnologies developed for medical applications.

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The BBC World Service visits the Nanomedicine Lab for an interview about the implications of Brexit

Related imageThe BBC World Service interviewed Professor Kostarelos. One of their key questions was: Are UK-based scientists already suffering from the country’s imminent departure from the European Union?


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Cartoon on Graphene Applications – Biomedical Technologies launches on YouTube

Graphene for use in biomedical applications is being studied extensively and tests are showing promising results. In this video we explain how graphene can be used to improve people’s lives.



BBC Radio Manchester interviews Dr Bussy ahead of the Royal visit

As a nanosafety specialist, Cyrill first discussed what “nanosafety” encompasses and why this is important for the sustainable development of nanotechnologies. He then moved on to explain what the Duke and Duchess will be presented with and what graphene is currently used for, including the BAC mono car that made the headlines of most media coverage.Related image duke-graphene-car




Graphene oxide article highlighted in Materials Today


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Dhifaf Jasim’s article on ‘Graphene oxide slips through the body’ was highlighted in a News article in Materials Today.


El Mundo visits the Nanomedicine Lab to interview our researchers about Brexit

Irene offered an interview discussing her views on how the UK’s departure from the EU could affect scientists’ mobility and the funding landscape in UK’s labs. The report was published nation-wide under the title “With Brexit, Science loses”.