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Nano-Safety Research Group

Specialists in the assessment of nanomaterial toxicity to human health and the environment


Marina: Managing Risks of Nanomaterials

Staff: Teresa Fernandes, John Kinross, Simon Little, Jonathan Curry 


Funding: FP7


Project Aims: 

The aim of Marina is to develop and validate risk management methods for nanomaterials. As part of the project the suitability of standardised ecological test systems, such as those laid out by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) for the testing of nanomaterial toxicity wil be investigated.  Our role is to  investigate the ecotoxicity of a panel of engineered nanomaterials using a variety of models including Lumbriculus variagatus (worm) and Pseudokirchneriella subcapitata (algae).


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  • Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM)
  • European Research Services GmbH (ERS)
  • Aarhus University (AU)
  • Commissariat à l'énergie atomique (CEA)
  • Institut für Energie- und Umwelttechnik e.V (IUTA)
  • Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research (EMPA)
  • Finnish Institute for Occupational Health (FIOH)
  • Fraunhofer-Institut für Molekularbiologie und Angewandte Oekologie IME-AE (IME)
  • Freie Universität Berlin (FUB)
  • Gothenburg University (UGOT)
  • Colorobbia
  • Institut National de l'Environment Industriel et des Risques (INERIS)
  • Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agragia y Alimentaria (INIA)
  • Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC)
  • Max-Delbrück Center for molecular medicine (MDC)
  • Nanotechnology Industries Association aisbl (NIA)
  • National Physical Laboratory (NPL)
  • Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek (DLO)
  • National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)
  • Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO)
  • Universität Salzburg (PLUS)
  • University College Dublin (UCD)
  • University of Leeds (LEEDS)
  • University of Wien (UVIE)
  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT)
  • Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (WWU)
  • Technical University of Denmark (DTU)
  • Venice Research Consortium (CVR)
  • The REACH Centre Ltd (TRC)
  • Karolinska Institute (KI)
  • National Center for Nanoscience and technology (NCNST)
  • Institute of Biochemistry, Russian Academy of Science (INBI)
  • University of Parma (UP)
  • Tor Vergata University Roma 2 (TVUR)
  • Edinburgh Napier University (Napier)
  • Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (LMU)
  • University of Plymouth (UoP)
  • The Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA)
  • University of Birmingham (BHAM)
  • University of Tübingen (EKUT)
  • Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine (NIOM)
  • Institut universitaire romand de Santé au Travail (IST)
  • NANOCYL sa (Ncyl)
  • National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)


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