Vicki Stone is Director of the Nano Safety Research Group at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, and Director of Toxicology for SAFENANO (www.safenano.org). She has acted as the Editor-in-chief of the journal Nanotoxicology (http://informahealthcare.com/nan) for 6 years (2006-2011). Vicki has also published over 130 publications pertaining to particle toxicology over the last 16 years and has provided evidence for the government commissioned reports published by the Royal Society (2003) and the on Environmental Pollution (2008). Vicki was previously a member of the UK Government Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollution (COMEAP) and an advisory board member for the Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology (CEINT; funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency).
Vicki is currently the coordinator of a European project to identify the work needed to develop an intelligent testing strategy for nanomaterials (www.its-nano.eu). Current research projects investigate the mechanism of toxicity of a range of nanomaterials in macrophages, hepatocytes, gastrointestinal epithelium, endothelium and lung, interactions between nanoparticles and proteins and how this influences toxicity, and development of in vitro alternatives using microfluidics. New projects are developing the instrumentation and techniques to image thousands of individual nanoparticles in 3 dimensions in time in the presence of cells in order to better understand their uptake and behaviour in cells. In addition Vicki collaborates with ecotoxicologists to investigate the impacts of nanoparticles on aquatic organisms.
The nanotoxicology work at Heriot-Watt University involves funding from Research Councils (NERC, BBSRC and EPSRC), the European Commission (ITS-Nano, ENRHES, ENPRA, InLiveTox, NanoImpactNet, Marina, SUN and Qnano), charities (The Colt Foundation and The Cunningham Trust), the UK Government (http://www.iom-world.org/research/nanoparticles.php) and industry (Unilever and GlaxoSmithKline)