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Education Research International
Volume 2014, Article ID 584352, 5 pages
Research Article

Sri Lankan Medical Undergraduates Awareness of Nanotechnology and Its Risks

1Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine and Allied Sciences, University of Rajarata, Saliyapura, 50008 Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
2General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, Kandawala Estate, 10350 Ratmalana, Sri Lanka

Received 2 June 2014; Revised 18 October 2014; Accepted 17 November 2014; Published 4 December 2014

Academic Editor: Jan Elen

Copyright © 2014 Faiz M. M. T. Marikar et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This study examines students’ understanding of the normative connections between key concepts of nanotechnology in nanomedicine and underlying biological principles that are critical for an in-depth understanding of its therapeutic application in medical field. A structured questionnaire was distributed among randomly selected undergraduates at the Faculty of Medicine and Allied Sciences, University of Rajarata, Sri Lanka. A total of 80 students participated in this study and completed written questionnaire on nanomedicine. The outcome of this study shows that there is a strong positive response on basic knowledge on nanoscale, but the undergraduates had an average knowledge on therapeutic application related to nanomedicine. Almost all students had a good knowledge on nanoscale but they lack knowledge of the relationship between nano and nanomedicine. Specifically, students were challenged to demonstrate an integrated understanding of the nanomedicine therapeutic application. Almost 58% of them were unable to give an example of it. Also some students struggled to explain it. Furthermore, in this study it was observed that there is a positive correlation in risk benefit section related to nanomedicine. Although the outcome is preliminary in nature, the results provide cause for concern over the status of nanotechnology education in Sri Lanka which needed to be uplifted.