The cancer Nanotechnology Laboratory portal (caNanoLab) is a web-based portal designed to facilitate data sharing across the NCI Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer and among the greater research community at large to expedite and validate the use of nanoparticles in biomedicine. caNanoLab provides support for the annotation of nanoparticles, including the:
- composition of the particle
- functions of the particle
- characterizations of the particle from physical-chemical (e.g., size, molecular weight) and in vitro (e.g. cytotoxicity, immunotoxicity) nanoparticle assays.
caNanoLab provides a secure IT environment (or work space) to share characterizations and associated nanotechnology protocols.
caNanoLab is a collaboration between the NCI Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology (CBIIT), the NCI Nanotechnology Characterization Laboratory (NCL), and the NCI Cancer Centers of Nanotechnology Excellence (CCNEs).
caNanoLab, which was designed using cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid (caBIG®) principles, is laying the groundwork for a paradigm shift in which primary nanotechnology research data are standardized and shared within the scientific and clinical communities. Researchers can submit and retrieve information on nanoparticles via web-based forms that allow users to customize the visibility of their data at multiple levels, ranging from private to available for public viewing.
caNanoLab allows researchers to discover information on research being conducted at other organizations by searching all publicly available physical and in vitro characterizations. This flow of data across the Alliance enables more efficient research and collaboration across Centers.