NanoSafety Cluster (NSC) Education Day @ NanoSAFE Digital Conference, 16 Nov 2020

NanoSafety Cluster (NSC) Education Day @ NanoSAFE, 16 Nov 2020 Intention: This day shall act as guidance for the entire NanoSafety community, including young researchers, to highlight how individual research projects fit as a puzzle piece into the wider picture. It shall be an orientation-giving and educational event depicting the overall strategy behind NanoSafe(ty). For…

Poster presentation: Expanding the eNanoMapper Ontology – ICBO2020

Laurent Winckers from the University of Maastricht, presented a poster on expanding the eNanoMapper ontology during 11th International Conference on Biomedical Ontologies. Abstract The NanoCommons Knowledgebase, https://www.nanocommons.eu/nanocommonsknowedge-base/, is an essential component of nanoinformatics and based on an agreed ontology. NanoCommons has continued to expand and develop the eNanoMapper (ENM) ontology to aid toxicological data management…

Expanding the eNanoMapper Ontology – ICBO2020

Poster by Laurent Winckers (University of Maastricht), presented during 11th International Conference on Biomedical Ontologies. Abstract The NanoCommons Knowledgebase, https://www.nanocommons.eu/nanocommonsknowedge-base/, is an essential component of nanoinformatics and based on an agreed ontology. NanoCommons has continued to expand and develop the eNanoMapper (ENM) ontology to aid toxicological data management for NMs. Ontological mapping facilitates the organization,…

Getting into using ELNs for experimental and computational workflows, 14 July 2020

On Tuesday, July 14th 2020, the NanoCommons team, in a joint initiative with the NanoSafety Cluster, is offering an interactive online workshop on implementing Electronic Laboratory Notebooks (ELNs) for nanosafety assessment. Under the subtitle “Getting into using ELNs for experimental and computational workflows”, you will learn how to establish a workflow using Scinote-based electronic lab notebooks. This starts with an introduction…

EUvsVirus Hackathon

The European Commission, led by the European Innovation Council and in close collaboration with the EU member states, will host a pan-European hackathon to connect civil society, innovators, partners and investors across Europe in order to develop innovative solutions for coronavirus-related challenges. Now is your chance to help tackle coronavirus! When? 24, 25 and 26…

When Would Immunologists Consider a Nanomaterial to be Safe? Recommendations for Planning Studies on Nanosafety

Abstract The immune system is professional in recognizing and responding to non‐self, including nanomaterials. Immune responses by professional and nonprofessional immune cells are thus nearly inevitable upon exposure of cells and organisms to such materials. The state of research into taking the immune system into account in nanosafety studies is reviewed and three aspects in…

Driving the nanoinformatics wave

The NanoCommons (https://www.nanocommons.eu/) research e-infrastructure and NanoSolveIT (https://nanosolveit.eu/) projects are developing the knowledge management and nanoinformatics tools to support in silico nanosafety assessment  (published in Scitech Europa www.scitecheuropa.eu) DOI: http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3765525 You can access the article here.

Zeta‐Potential Read‐Across Model Utilizing Nanodescriptors Extracted via the NanoXtract Image Analysis Tool Available on the Enalos Nanoinformatics Cloud Platform

Abstract Zeta potential is one of the most critical properties of nanomaterials (NMs) which provides an estimation of the surface charge, and therefore electrostatic stability in medium and, in practical terms, influences the NM’s tendency to form agglomerates and to interact with cellular membranes. This paper describes a robust and accurate read‐across model to predict…

The rise of the nanomaterial metabolite corona, and emergence of the complete corona

Abstract Bio–nano interactions are a promising area of research, focused particularly on the interactions between proteins and nanomaterials (NMs). These interactions lead to the formation of the protein corona, a layer of proteins adsorbed to the surface of NMs; this corona determines the way in which cells within organisms “recognise” and interact with NMs. Corona…

JRC Workshop on Safe and Sustainable Smart Nanomaterials

The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (RTD) will jointly organise a Workshop on Safe and Sustainable Smart Nanomaterials in Ispra (Italy) on 24-25 March 2020. The workshop is focused on smart (responsive, multi-functional) nanomaterials, as such or embedded in products, which are developed for application in industrial sectors such…