1st Edition

Nanotechnology in Therapeutics Current Technology and Applications

Edited By Nicholas Peppas, J. Zach Hilt, J. Brock Thomas Copyright 2007
    452 Pages
    by Taylor & Francis

    Nanotechnology is a multidisciplinary field covering a large and diverse array of devices and materials in nanometre scale, derived from engineering, physics, chemistry and biology. The field of applied nanotechnology in medicine is growing fast and the application of nanotechnology to therapeutics has led to advances in drug delivery, biomaterials, biomedical devices, intelligent processes and in many other areas of medicine and applied biomedical sciences.

    The authors of this volume describe and discuss current technology and the applications of nanoparticles and nanostructures in various aspects of therapeutics and drug delivery. The chapters are completely up-to-date and are written by some of the leading scientists in the field. Topics covered include chronobiology, chronopharmacology and chronotherapeutics, polymeric gene delivery vectors, biohybrid materials, biomimetic systems, hydrogel nanocomposites, star polymers and dendrimers, ionic nanoparticulate systems, nanospheres and nanoparticles. Entire chapters are devoted to specific applications of nanotechnology such as cancer therapy, bone disorders, and diabetes.

    Section A: Intelligent Therapeutics and Responsive Delivery Systems for Improved Absorption and Delivery  A1. Concepts of Medical Chronobiology, Chronopharmacology and Chronotherapeutics as the Basis for Applications of Drug Delivery Technology  A2. Feedback Control in Drug Delivery  A3. Advances in Drug Delivery Technologies for Nanoparticulates  A4. Synthetic Ligand-Receptor Interactions In Delivery Systems  A5. Nanoscale Analysis of Mucus-Carrier Interactions for Improved Drug Absorption  A6. Polymeric Gene Delivery Vectors  Section B: Therapeutic Micro- and Nanodevices  B1. Biohybrid Materials for Therapeutic Devices  Section C: Nanostructured Therapeutic Materials  C1. Biomimetic Systems: A Synergy of Scientific and Engineering Approaches  C2. Hydrogel Nanocomposites For Intelligent Therapeutics  C3. Nanotechnology for Treating Bone Disorders  C4. Nanotechnology And Cancer Therapy  C5. Nanostructured Scaffolds for Tissue Engineering  Section D: Nanoparticulate Systems in Intelligent Therapy  D1. Star Polymers and Dendrimers in Nanotechnology and Drug Delivery  D2. Ionic Nanoparticulate Systems for Drug Delivery  D3. Nanospheres of Intelligent Networks for Biomedical and Drug Delivery Applications  D4. Shell Crosslinked Nanoparticles: A Progress Report of Their Design for Drug Delivery  D5. Nanoparticulate Structures in Diabetes Treatment


    Nicholas Peppas, J. Zach Hilt, J. Brock Thomas