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Kostas is one of the Explorers in the Science Museum exhibition titled ‘Wonder Materials: Graphene and Beyond’

Since the world’s first two-dimensional material was first isolated in 2004, graphene has captured the attention of scientists, researchers and industry worldwide. It has triggered a global surge in research into a whole new realm of two-dimensional wonder materials that have the potential to transform the lives of almost everyone. Find out more



Nature Symposium on Graphene Biomedical Technologies co-organised by Nanomedicine Lab


“We are trying to initiate activities that will engage both the biomedical communities, but also the graphene communities with biomedical application, and attract people’s attention to this higher expectation area,” says Kostas. Watch the video 



Nature Materials features Editorial on Europe-wide project led by the Nanomedicine Lab

Biomedical applications for graphene are attracting interest from academics and industrial partners aiming to develop next-generation medical devices and therapies.  The Nanomedicine Lab is leader of the Graphene Flagship WorkPackage on Biomedical Technologies. Nature Materials decided to run the front-page Editorial on this development. Read the article



Global press attention for Biomedical Technologies WorkPackage led by the Nanomedicine Lab


CNN special on medical applications of graphene films at the Nanomedicine Lab


Scientists are exploring the application of graphene and its potential medical applications, using it to build better sensors to examine blood samples or test for viruses. Find out the medical story behind the thinnest, lightest and strongest stable material on earth. Dr Ania Jolly and Prof Kostas Kostarelos were interviewed at the Nanomedicine Lab and the National Graphene Institute for this piece.


Mobile World Congress 2016 showcase for our graphene-based neural interfaces

This exciting technology, developed in the Nanomedicine Lab as part of the Graphene Flagship project, was presented at the Mobile World Congress 2016. The graphene-based implants interacting with the brain could have mapping, sensing and therapeutic capabilities and can pave the way for the design of novel brain-machine interfaces. Watch the video


These heat-activated ‘grenades’ deliver drugs directly into cancer cells

Researchers have come up with a new way to deliver cancer-fighting drugs: So-called heat-sensitive “grenades” that serve as couriers, delivering molecules directly into tumor cells and sparing healthy tissue from the potential ill-effects of the potent medications. Read more


Global press attention for our temperature-sensitive liposomes

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Heat-triggered ‘grenades’ hit cancer

Scientists have designed microscopic “grenades” that can explode their cancer-killing payload in tumours. Read the article      

Heat-activated ‘grenade’ to target cancer

Researchers have developed cancer drug-packed ‘grenades’ armed with heat sensitive triggers, allowing for treatment to be targeted directly at tumours, according to two studies due to be presented at the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Cancer Conference in Liverpool. Read the article

Drug ‘grenades’ to target malignant tumours 

It may seem drastic, but researchers say that drug-packed “grenades” could be used to help cancer patients. More details

New anti-cancer ‘grenades’ can target drugs at tumours

BRITISH researchers have developed a treatment for cancer-sufferers using drug-packed “grenades” armed with heat-sensitive triggers to target tumours. Read more

Drugs which target cancer directly without harming healthy tissue have been developed by scientists. Read more

The cancer grenade: How tiny bubbles carrying drugs in the blood can blast tumours. Read more


Heat-seeking cancer drugs could target tumours and spare healthy tissue

Bubbles containing cancer drugs which burst on contact with tumours are being developed by scientists. Read more

The cancer grenade: How tiny bubbles carrying drugs in the blood can blast tumours 

Scientists have developed drug ‘grenades’ armed with heat sensitive triggers which promise to revolutionise the war on cancer.Read the article

Scientists develop heat-triggered ‘grenade’ to target cancer

The team will present its findings at the National Cancer Research Institute conference next week. They plan to use liposomes – tiny bubbles of fat which carry materials round the body – to release toxic drugs when their temperature is raised. Read here


Scientists design ‘bio-grenades’ to hit cancer 

British researchers have been working on a potential breakthrough in cancer treatment by creating hit-activated ‘grenades’ that accurately deliver treatment to cancerous tissues and spare healthy cells.Read more




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UK Scientists in Cancer ‘Grenade’ Breakthrough

LONDON:  Scientists in Britain have designed microscopic “grenades” that can explode their cancer-killing load into tumours. The Manchester-based team will present its findings at the National Cancer Research Institute conference in Liverpool next week. Read more


Cancer-fighting ‘grenades’ developed by scientists

Heat-activated “grenades” filled with cancer-fighting drugs have been developed by scientists, in the latest step towards treating the disease. The creation of a heat-activated trigger to release the drugs has been hailed as a way to make sure cancerous tissue, rather than healthy tissue, is targeted.  Read more




Materials Today features Nanomedicine Lab as one of the leading labs in materials science

To celebrate the achievements of leading labs in materials science, this new section of Materials Today features profiles of groups helping shape the future of materials science. Dr Sandra Vranic (Research Fellow), Mr Filipe Rodrigues (PhD student), and Professor Kostas Kostarelos are all featured here.


Mass media cover President Xi Jinping visit of the National Graphene Institute



The Nanomedicine Lab was one of the few teams selected to describe to President of China Xi Jinping highlights of the work on the
biomedical applications. During the visit Professor Kostarelos described to the President efforts in developing technologies for anticancer drug delivery and tissue engineering using graphene materials. Along with Professor Bartolo the President of China Mr Xi Jinping was presented with a miniature figurine of himself and his wife created by a 3D digital printer that made headlines.

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