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About NanoHealth Alliance

Through collaboration and shared facilities, the Alliance for NanoHealth is greater than the sum of its parts—its individual member institutions. Located in the greater Houston area, ANH has the benefit of one of the most prestigious medical centers in the world, as well as world-class national centers of materials and computational sciences in Houston-area universities. Its goal, to provide new clinical approaches to saving lives through better ways to diagnose, treat, and prevent illnesses, has been made attainable through the continued support from local, state, and federal sources.

The Alliance for NanoHealth is comprised of eight world-renowned universities and institutions within the Texas Medical Center and the Greater Houston Region. The Texas Medical Center is the largest consortium of health care facilities in the world, where the more than forty institutions, including two medical schools, four nursing schools, and thirteen hospitals, have over 5 million patient visits each year.

The Alliance for NanoHealth (ANH) is the first multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional collaborative research endeavor aimed solely at using nanotechnology to bridge the gaps between medicine, biology, materials science, computer technology and public policy. The mission of the Alliance is to collectively bridge the disciplines to develop nanotechnology-based solutions to unresolved problems in medicine. Its principal goal is to provide new clinical approaches to saving lives through better diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.


The ANH comprises eight world-class research institutions, scientists and clinicians located within the world’s largest collection of healthcare facilities, namely the Texas Medical Center and the greater Houston region. Member institutions include the Baylor College of Medicine, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Rice University, the University of Houston, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Texas A&M University, University of Texas Medical Branch and The Methodist Hospital Research Institute.

ANH institutions are committed to develop and apply nanotechnology tools in the battle against heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke, and infection. The willingness to share strengths among the disciplines with educational and training activities as well as welcoming new scientific associations provides a rich collaborative foundation upon which the ANH has established a wealth of research and development opportunities.

Strengths of the Alliance:

  • Life science research in excess of $1 billion annually
  • The 1996 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry with the discovery and characterization of the Buckminsterfullerene (a.k.a. Buckyball)
  • One of the greatest concentrations of nanotechnology research in the world with over 150 leading nanotechnology researchers
  • The first Biosafety Level 4 Laboratory on a university campus in the U.S.
  • The top cancer center in the U.S., UT MD Anderson Cancer Center and the institution receiving the most peer-reviewed cancer research grants in the country
  • The top institution receiving biological research funding from the National Science Foundation
  • A top ranked medical school
  • A national leader in biodefense, infectious diseases and vaccine development
  • One of the ten NHLBI Center’s for Proteomics in the U.S.
  • One of two National Biocontainment Laboratories in the country
  • One of eight Regional Centers of Excellence in Biodefense in the country

The Texas Medical Center is the largest medical complex in the world and is second only to Boston in total research spending. It is one of the most respected medical research and patient care facilities in the world. Its strengths are complemented by world-class national centers of materials and computational sciences in Houston-area universities. It is this combination of excellence and the blending of medical with non-medical academic disciplines, such as physics, engineering, biology, chemistry and computer sciences, that shows great promise in accelerating the process of discovery and creating new tools, drugs, and treatment for improved health care.

These strengths combine to make Houston a regional hub for medical discoveries where multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary research is coupled with the unprecedented concentration of research in nanotechnology. As a result, Houston is the center of nanohealth for the world.

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