AN Edinburgh Napier lecturer has been appointed to an expert scientific committee.
Dr. Gary Hutchison, who is Director of the Centre for Nano Safety (CNS) at the University, is joining the Hazardous Substances Advisory Committee (HSAC).
The body provides information on the science behind hazardous chemicals to the Department for Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
Made up of scientists and a lay member, HSAC is politically independent and gives objective impartial advice from a purely scientific perspective.
Dr. Hutchison said: “I am very pleased at being recognised and invited to join and assist the work of the Committee.
“As nanomaterials are very much part of modern life, with both environmental and human exposures to consider, the committee recognises the importance of reviewing and providing guidance and strategy around the ever growing nanotechnology literature to ensure that policy makers are appropriately informed.
“I very much look forward to contributing to this work.”
Dr. Hutchison is an expert in particle and reproductive toxicology. In his day-job as CNS Director, he is responsible for leading nano-safety research with the aim of identifying whether a variety of nanoparticles, objects, devices and medicines can enter the human body and cause harm.
His appointment with HSAC will run for three years.