The Revolution to Come
This remarkable age of scientific discovery will have a profound impact on the way medicine is practiced. Revolutionary research will involve bioengineering, an emerging discipline that applies innovative concepts in science and engineering to solve our most challenging medical and biological problems, and nanoscience, the study of ultra-small things.
To catalyze this transformation, in 2000 Northwestern University created the Institute for BioNanotechnology in Medicine (IBNAM) under the leadership of Samuel I. Stupp, who holds appointments in the Feinberg School of Medicine, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.
Nanoscience in Simple Terms
The basic measuring unit of nanoscience is the nanometer, which equals the width of two to ten atoms.
One nanometer is 10,000 times smaller than a strand of human hair, or 10,000 times smaller than an ordinary living cell.
Operating at this scale allows scientists to prepare smart objects that can invade small spaces and target specific parts of the body, such as the brain and even a precise part of a single cell.