The 6th through 10th Annual BioNanoTox and Applications Research ConferenceAbstract Advances in nanotechnology offer intriguing opportunities in all scientific fields. While most nanoscience effortshave focused on applications, the implications of nano on health and environment lag behind. It is crucial that theacademia, industry, government, environmentalists, and scientists address the implications of this specialized areaof science in a cohesive and concerted manner. It has been recognized that a comprehensive study ofnanotechnology requires a multi-disciplinary approach and a coordinated effort of various scientific, medical, andgovernment agencies. One of the hurdles is to create an infrastructure allowing such coordinated activity to occur.For that reason, annual conferences involving professionals from a variety of fields are a vital component of suchinfrastructure. BioNanoTox (Biology, Nanotechnology, and Toxicology) is a field encompassing disciplines where novelapplications invariably emerged positively impacting human health. BioNanoTox offers such a multi-disciplinaryapproach that raises the awareness of undesirable side effects emanating from cherished nanotechnology and putsthe safety of humans, animals, plants, and the environment into a new perspective. The overall BioNanoToxconference's mission is to disseminate scientific knowledge and advance public health by assisting to hasteninnovations through spin-offs from their most recent research. This proposal is intended for partial financial support for a multi-year project period, up to 5 years, forpermanently sponsored 'BioNanoTox (Biology, Nanotechnology, and Toxicology) and Applications ResearchConference' held annually in November 2011 through 2015.The proposed conference will deepen ourunderstanding of the interdisciplinary approach between disciplines such as biology, chemistry, bioinformatics,toxicology, nanotechnology, environmental and agricultural sciences to name a few. BioNanoTox conference would be of genuine interest to the National Center for Toxicological Research(NCTR), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and any group dealing with biologics, nanobiologics, and nano-basedmaterials within the NCTR and FDA, industry, and academia. BioNanoTox conferences are aimed at strengthening training and education, fostering collaborations, andinitiating new research. These will also raise students' awareness of a global interdisciplinary approach in nano-research. To address this, the specific aims are as follows: 1) to bring together U.S. and foreign speakers as wellas participants regardless of their gender and race from multiple disciplines, 2) to encourage women, minorities,and persons with disabilities to participate. Announcements are posted on the BioNanoTox and other websites, 3)to provide training experience for undergraduate / graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and young investigatorsin the areas relevant to the BioNanoTox. Individuals are encouraged to submit abstracts for brief talks and postersessions as well as research articles, and 4) to disseminate information generated during the conferences throughpresentations and scientific publications.

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The proposed 6th-10th BioNanoTox Annual conference will promote better understanding of an interdisciplinary approach between biology, chemistry, bioinformatics, nanotechnology, and toxicology. The recognition of fundamental questions encountered in the development of biologics, nanobiologics, and nano-based materials, their applications in medicine, environmental sciences, and agriculture, associated health consequences and preventive measures, is anticipated as one of the most significant outcomes of the BioNanoTox.

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University of Arkansas at Little Rock
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