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Prof. Kenneth Dawson

Director of the Centre for BioNano Interactions (CBNI)

Kenneth Dawson is Director of the Centre for BioNano Interactions (CBNI). The scientific focus of this Centre is to understand interaction of nanoparticles with living systems (www.cbni.eu). The Centre seeks to clarify the controlling factors for those interactions, to support applications in nanotheraputics and nanosafety.

Professor Dawson is Chair of Physical Chemistry, Chairman of the National BioNanoscience Action, and co-ordinator of the European Infrastructure in the arena. He has experience in the management of large scale EU projects, including multi-sectoral cross-disciplinary research projects, and other international programs. He has received several international prizes, including the 2007 Cozzarelli prize from the National Academy of Sciences USA, as well as IBM, Packard, Canon, Sloan and Dreyfus prizes.

Prof. Dawson’s professional roles include representing Ireland on the OECD and ISO working groups on standards for Nanotechnology. He Chairs the launch of the International Alliance on NanoEHS Harmonisation (http://nanoehsalliance.org/), a new global partnership of scientists from EU, US, and Japan.  He is currently Editor of Current Opinion in Colloid Science, Senior Editor of Physica, Associate Editor of Journal of Nanoparticle Research, and former President of the European Colloid and Interface Society. He also advises on nanoscience matters in the EU New Risk Committee of the European Commission, and the Advisory group of the European Medicines Agency.