A Lincoln Life Sciences student was one of only two young scientists to win the prestigious British Society for Nanomedicine competition.

Matthew Hockley submitted an article discussing how a combination of both nanoparticles for drug delivery and self-assembling nanotechnology could be the building blocks for a future ‘robot’ device that would act independently by administering treatments to target specific health problems in the human body.

As a result Matthew, second year Biomedical Science undergraduate at the University of Lincoln, was invited to the recent Nano4Life 2013 conference held in London.

He said: “Nano-devices today are still thought by many as science fiction but advances over the past 20 years have started to become reality. Many developments have been made into nanomedicine for application in the medical arena. There is a lot of research that still requires elaboration until these become commonplace in hospitals but with more funding being dedicated to nanotechnology, advances in nanomedicine are soon going to increase with ever growing applications and will, I believe, replicate the success of biotechnology.”

Matthew met with academics, researchers and clinicians and had the opportunity to network with those working at the vanguard of nanomedicine.

He added: It was an amazing experience where I was able to speak with academics involved specifically in the research area that I am interested in.”

Dr Ciaren Graham, Senior Lecturer in the School of Life Sciences, said: We are absolutely delighted for Matt on winning this prestigious competition. The Nano4life conference gathered leading experts in the field of nanoscience from academia and the pharmaceutical industry to discuss this exciting new area of healthcare. Matt exemplifies the drive and dedication of our student body here at the University of Lincoln.”

The fifth Nano4Life conference explored the merging of nanotechnology and life sciences, providing perspectives from clinicians, industrialists and leading researchers, who work with, develop and endorse nanotechnologies in the healthcare sector.

To read Matthew’s winning entry go to: http://www.britishsocietynanomedicine.org/winners-essay.html