The Nanodermatology Society has released a pilot study titled ‘Nanotechnology and dermatology education in the United States: Data from a pilot survey’ that assesses attitudes, perceptions and knowledge of dermatologists in the US concerning nanotechnology.
The study disclosed that even though many of the dermatologists have not used nanotechnology much, they are confident that this technology will enable them to improve their skill to diagnose and cure skin disease. Most of them agreed that they needed more research and knowledge on this technology.
Dr. Adnan Nasir, President of the Nanodermatology Society and senior author of the study, stated that it is the first-of-its-kind study to reveal that dermatologists understand the importance of nanotechnology and desire that nanotechnology is added as a new subject in research and education in academic programs. They clearly expressed their wish for further funding in nanotechnology education and in the growth of future-generation clinical instruments, he added.
Dr. Nasir further said that the findings of this pilot study are acting as the basis for larger survey based investigations to completely assess and explore the gap in nanotechnology education regarding dermatology training and focus areas for the dermatology community, including safety problems, as specified in this study.
Dr. Adam Friedman, first author of the study and Vice-President of the Nanodermatology Society, stated that this pilot study emphasizes the necessity for structured educational programming and support of both clinical and bench research in nanotechnology in the field of dermatology. The mission of the Nanodermatology Society is to extend these objectives but requires joint effort between all of the governing bodies and dermatology societies, as the insinuations of nanodermatology are far to reach, he added.