African University advances in use gold nano-particles to deliver cancer drugs
As a result of some works done by students, the African University of Science and Technology (AUST) has produced cutting edge results on the use of gold nano-particles for the site-specific delivery of drugs used in cancer treatment, to remove the challenges posed by chemotherapy.
African University of Science and Technology is the first of the Nelson Mandela Institutions (NMIs). It was established in Abuja, Nigeria, in 2007, aimed toward bringing the highest level of technical learning facilities to the continent of Africa.
President of the University, Prof Kingston Nyamapfene who disclosed this in Abuja, listed examples to include the work of Kwabena Kan-Dapaah on “Implantable Composite Devices for the Localised Treatment of Breast Cancer”; John David Obayemi’s work on Nano- Particles For Breast Cancer Detection And Treatment; Salifu T. Azeko’s work which was centred on “Biodegradation among others.
Nyamapfene further noted that the university has produced technologies which can be used to improve the quality of life among communities which includes development of specially designed ceramics for the filteration of water, to increase access to clean drinking water which is a major challenge in all of Africa and closely linked to some of the continent’s health challenges.
He observed that the university has teams working on finding better building materials that work better under African conditions, especially cheap and effective ways to keep buildings cool”.
Nyamapfene stated that the institution would commission a $4million state-of-the-art brand new laboratories which it procured with the aim of ensuring that students become familiar with technical tools relevant to their chosen discipline.
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