Nanotoxicology - potential risks of engineered nanomaterials to human health and the environment

Course dates

The course is given every second year. The latest course was on April 20-24, 2015. Next course dates will be announced here later.

Course organiser

The course is organised by the Advanced International Training Programme in Health Risk Assessment at IMM in collaboration with the Doctoral programme Environmental Factors and Health (EFH) at Karolinska Institutet, course number 2669.

Course credits

The course corresponds to 1.5 ECTS credits.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the students should be able to describe and explain the basic principles of the emerging discipline of nanotoxicology. The students should also be able to discuss the multi-disciplinary implementation of material science techniques based on in vitro and in vivo toxicological methods when assessing the risk of engineered nanomaterials for human health and the environment.


The course will include the following major topics: epidemiological studies of adverse health effects of particles; introduction to material sciences (physico-chemical characterization of nanomaterials); (eco)-toxicological studies (in vitro and in vivo assessment of nanomaterials); and risk assessment of nanomaterials for human health, as well as regulatory/legislative issues related to nanomaterial safety. The course will also provide illustrative examples of the potential applications of the nanotechnologies in medicine/biomedicine.

Teaching and learning activities

The course consists of lectures including invited lectures by well-renowned international scientists and group seminars (journal clubs).

Course programme

The course programme for the previous course on April 20-24, 2015 is available here.

Target group

The course is intended for PhD students.

Course fee

There is no course fee for PhD students. The participants must cover their costs for travel and accommodation. 

Course application 

Information on application procedure to the next course will be available later. 

Course leaders

Bengt Fadeel, Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet and Antonio Pietroiusti, University of Rome Tor Vergata.


Senior lecturer

Johanna Zilliacus

Phone: +46-(0)8-524 835 44
Organizational unit: Biochemical toxicology

Health risk assessmentNanomedicineToxicology