Nanotools for Neuroscience

Instructor:
Laura Ballerini

Amount of frontal teaching:
15 hours

 

Nanotechnology is the ability to work at the atomic, molecular and supra-molecular levels (on a scale of 1–100 nm) in order to understand, create and use material structures, devices and systems with fundamentally new properties and functions resulting from their small structure. All biological and man-made systems have the first level of organisation at the nanoscale, thus nano-devices and nanomaterials can interact with biological systems at molecular level with a high degree of specificity.

Focused efforts aimed at developing nanotechnology applications to neurology target the development of basic research tools in support of new types of experiments, measurements and target clinical applications such as drug delivery or neural regeneration, towards next-generation therapies. 
From the neuroscientist’s perspective, the most important aspect of nanotechnology is the application of these technologies to neuroscience questions and challenges.
Research on biosystems at the nanoscale has created one of the most dynamic science and technology domains at the confluence of physical sciences, molecular engineering, biology, biotechnology and medicine.

This domain includes better understanding of living and thinking systems, revolutionary biotechnology processes, the synthesis of new drugs and their targeted delivery, regenerative medicine, neuromorphic engineering and the development of a sustainable environment.
The course will cover an introduction on nanotechnology applications to neuroscience, in particular those related to the development of nano- and micro-technologies to exploit the advantages of substrate-integrated extracellular recording technologies. 

 

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