National Institutes of Health: Discover Nanotechnologies that Probe the Biology of Cells and Diseases

L. Henderson
National Cancer Institute,
United States

Keywords: biological detection

Summary:

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) provides leadership and direction to programs designed to improve the health of the Nation by conducting and supporting research in the causes, diagnosis, prevention, and potential cure of human diseases. As of 2001, the NIH has invested approximately $4.4 billion dollars in nanotechnology research that has the potential to make valuable contributions in biology and medicine. It can bring about fundamental changes to the study and understanding of biological processes in health and disease as well as enable novel diagnostics and interventions for treating disease. For example, new tools are being developed that permit imaging of structure, high speed measurement of the dynamic behavior of molecular assemblies, and measurement of forces at the molecular scale. This presentation will highlight research from NIH funded scientists that are exploring the biology of healthy and diseased cells to uncover new avenues of biomedical research for early diagnosis and new therapeutic targets.