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.
Table of Contents
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