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.
World experts in the emerging field of nano-scale medicine are in Sydney for a major international conference hosted by UNSW.
With advances in nanotechnology, the future of medicine is taking shape on the nano-scale and making possible healthcare solutions once confined to the realm of science fiction.
Australia's Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb, has launched the Australian Centre for Nanomedicine at UNSW - the first research centre of its kind in the nation.
New nanotechnology-based treatments, including nerve tissue engineering that draws on the limb-regrowing ability of the axolotl are being discussed at a conference in Sydney.
Using the only microscope of its kind in Australia, UNSW scientists have for the first time seen the inner workings of T-cells, the immune system's front-line troops against infection.