Nanomedicine in research
Nanomedicine research is generally dependent on collaborative efforts because the science of building nanomedicine ‘devices’ (nanoparticles, nanotubes, functionalised surfaces) is usually heavily dependent on chemistry, chemical engineering and related disciplines, while the application of nanomedicine ‘devices’ to treat disease is heavily dependent on biochemistry, molecular biology, and medically related disciplines. Depending on the application and the device, experience and knowledge from other fields such as physics, electrical engineering, manufacturing engineering and others may be required.
As a result, nanomedicine research encompasses nearly all of the science and medical disciplines. A search on PubMed for published journal articles related to nanomedicine showed over 10,000 publications as of July 2015, with over half of them published within the last three years.
Number of nanomedicine related publications returned from a search of the PubMed database.
With the amount of research happening in nanomedicine it can be quite challenging to keep up with it all. For that reason, most of the review articles on nanomedicine research are specific to certain areas of research, for example the development of polymeric nanoparticles to act as delivery vehicles for drugs that would otherwise be insoluble, or the use of inorganic nanoparticles for imaging of tumors.