Australian Centre for Nanomedicine

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A "smart" paper-based patch that changes colour in sunlight could provide an affordable tool to help prevent sunburn and deadly skin cancers, researchers say.

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Inspired by bacteria able to thrive in the ocean’s inky depths, award-winning UNSW chemist Cyrille Boyer has for the first time used near-infrared light to create polymers – a discovery with implications for nanomedicine.

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Cyrille Boyer, winner of the 2015 Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year, is mimicking nature to create functional polymers and next-generation nanomedicines to treat infectious diseases. 

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Scientists, engineers and clinicians are delivering 3D printed bionics and novel electroactive materials that can communicate with muscles and nerves; they’re reprogramming cells and repairing tissues; and they’re synthesising functional nanoparticles to swim through blood and deliver drugs.

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UNSW researchers are developing drugs tailored to an individual patient and delivered directly to a target organ as part of a new Centre of Excellence that explores medical innovation at the molecular level.

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Four UNSW academics have been named on a prestigious list of the world’s most highly cited scientists. 

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Four UNSW academics are among a group of esteemed health and medical researchers – including Nobel laureates and former Australians of the Year – recognised as making a significant difference to the lives of people worldwide.

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In a world-first, UNSW researchers have developed a nanoparticle that could improve the effectiveness of chemotherapy for neuroblastoma by a factor of five.

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From nanoscale robots exploring the body, to tiny particles that can deliver drugs directly to diseased cells, nanotechnology has the potential to radically change the way we practise medicine.

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World experts in the emerging field of nano-scale medicine are in Sydney for a major international conference hosted by UNSW.

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