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Principles of Nanomedicine

by Sourav Bhattacharjee

This University College Dublin professor presents readers with a useful, timely introduction to the principles of nanomedicine. Unveiled in the months just prior to the advent of the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, the text begins with a historical tip of the hat to visionary physicist Richard Feynman and friends, drawing attention to just how much room there was at the nanoscale in 1959. Bhattacharjee's nicely written monograph offers 18 chapters on nanotechnology and nanomedicine addressing diverse subjects, including liposomes, nanotubes, and nanoparticles, all supported by examples and thematically unified within a framework of drug delivery. At the same time, the author suggests new pathways for exploring vexing problems in medicine, such as antibiotic resistance. The chapter on fullerenes is sure to be appreciated, as is the one on dendrimers; another of equal merit is devoted to toxicology. This is a tour de force that readers can own. There are hundreds of references, current to 2017, and provocative end-of-chapter questions, exercises, and critical notes guaranteed to pique interest. All work to reduce the "principles of nanomedicine" to concrete practice. Pre-med readers are advised to especially note the final chapter, a translation of the remaining opportunities and challenges into actionable terms.

Leonard W. Fine, Emeritus Professor, Columbia University, USA
  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9789814800426
  • Subject: General Biomedical Engineering
  • Published: September 2019
  • Pages: 588

The scope of nanotechnology in medical applications has expanded fast in the last two decades. With their unprecedented material properties, nanoscale materials present with unorthodox opportunities in a wide range of domains, including drug delivery and medical imaging. This book assembles the various facets of nanomedicine while discussing key issues such as physicochemical properties that enhance the appeal of nanomedicine.

The book is an excellent resource for physicians, PhDs, and postdocs involved in nanomedicine research to learn and understand the scope and complexity of the subject. It begins with a short history of nanotechnology, followed by a discussion on the fundamental concepts and extraordinary properties of nanoscale materials, and then slowly unfolds into multiple chapters illustrating the uses of various nanomaterials in drug delivery, sensing, and imaging.

About the Author:
Sourav Bhattacharjee is a physician (MBBS) and graduated from Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata (India). After brief training in orthopedic surgery, he finished MSc in Biomolecular Sciences/Cell Biology from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (2006-2008). His MSc thesis work on in vitro toxicity assessment of latex beads was done in the lab of Prof. Vicki Stone in the Napier University (Edinburgh, UK). He began his PhD (supervisors: Drs. Antonius TM Marcelis and Gerrit M Alink; promoters: Profs. Han Zuilhof and Ivonne MCM Rietjens) in the Wageningen University (Netherlands) in 2008 which he successfully defended in 2012 with a very good thesis and quite few research papers. Following that he worked for almost a year as postdoc in the University of Twente (Netherlands). From March 2014 he joined UCD (Ireland) as postdoc trying to develop nanoparticulate platforms for oral insulin delivery. From February 2016 he was appointed as Assistant Professor in the UCD where he is engaged now in developing a broad range of nanotechnology-based and microscopic tools for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes.

Key Features:

  • Discusses both principles of nanoscience utilized for nanomedicinal applications
  • Accompanied by excellent illustrations throughout
  • Provides many examples of nanoparticulate drug delivery with assorted references from established journals in the field
  • Written keeping PhDs, postdocs, and physicians in mind
  • Contains exercises in each chapter to test the knowledge gained