Biomedical nanotechnology is one of the fastest-growing fields of research across the globe. However, even the most promising technologies may never realize their full potential if public and political opinions are galvanized against them, a situation clearly evident in such controversial fields as cloning and stem cell research. Biomedical Nanotechnology presents state-of-the-art research in the field and also considers the socio-political risks and perceptions of this important science.
Contributed by prominent experts in this expansive and interdisciplinary field, Biomedical Nanotechnology examines developments in three sub-fields: nanodrugs and drug delivery; prostheses and implants; and diagnostics and screening technologies. The authors compare new capabilities introduced by nanotechnology to traditional methods of release, target, and controlled drug delivery in the body. They also consider the challenge of understanding and controlling the biological processes involved upon implantation and discuss nanoscale sensors for biological chemical detection and biodefense. The book concludes with individual chapters devoted to the social and economic context of nanotechnologies and to their potential risks and possible solutions.
By outlining cutting-edge research in the context of pressing global medical needs and potential risks, this authoritative reference supplies a holistic treatment of biomedical nanotechnology that enables us to understand its implications and decide the best way to move forward.
Table of Contents
INTRODUCTION: CONVERGING TECHNOLOGIES: NANOTECHNOLOGY AND BIOMEDICINE
Mihail C. Roco
TRENDS IN BIOMEDICAL NANOTECHNOLOGY PROGRAMS WORLDWIDE
Mark Morrison and Ineke Malsch
NANOTECHNOLOGY AND TRENDS IN DRUG DELIVERY SYSTEMS WITH SELF-ASSEMBLED CARRIERS
IMPLANTS AND PROSTHESES
Jeroen J.J.P. van den Beucken, X. Frank Walboomers, and John A. Jansen
DIAGNOSTICS AND HIGH THROUGHPUT SCREENING
Aránzazu Del Campo and Ian J. Bruce
NANO-ENABLED COMPONENTS AND SYSTEMS FOR BIODEFENSE
Calvin Shipbaugh, Philip Antón, Gabrielle Bloom, Brian Jackson, and Richard Silberglitt
SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC CONTEXTS: MAKING CHOICES IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF BIOMEDICAL NANOTECHNOLOGY
POTENTIAL RISKS AND REMEDIES
"With the recent rise in interest on potential nanotechnology applications to biomedical research, books dedicated to this novel field are not only expected but welcome. Biomedical Nanotechnology (edited by Neelina H. Malsch) is one of these books which, hopefully, will continue to encourage the growth of this promising discipline. … this is a very well written book, accessible to those with and without expertise in the area of nanotechnology, that will certainly prove to be a valuable tool for those interested in the development of this new, interdisciplinary and exciting field."
-BioMedical Engineering OnLine