1/30/2015 2:57:00 PM
By focusing on imaging and delivering medicine to the smallest particles in the human body, researchers have the potential to create ways to better diagnose and treat the system as a whole. It is the rapidly growing field of nanomedicine that makes this possible.
Dipanjan Pan, assistant professor in Bioengineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, recently contributed to the body of knowledge in nanomedicine by editing and writing chapters for the book, “Nanomedicine, a Soft Matter Perspective,” published by CRC Press. The book provides a broad introduction to nanomedicine with an emphasis on imaging and therapeutics.
Pan said he was approached by the publisher after delivering the plenary lecture, “Advances in theranostic nanomedicine: From a chemist's perspective,” at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in 2012. That conference featured several high-profile speakers and highlighted the field of nanomedicine — then a $20 billion industry — as “a new direction for disease and treatment.”
The book is purposely written to appeal to “anyone interested in nanomedicine — scientists, patent analysts, intellectual property lawyers, general readers curious about the field,” said Pan. He also expects it will provide value to non-experts interested in drug delivery and molecular imaging with or without any previous knowledge, in addition to serving as a textbook for undergraduate and graduates students in bioengineering and related disciplines.
In addition to editing the text, Pan also contributed three chapters to the book. He co-wrote “Contrast Agents for Computed Tomograpic Imaging” and wrote the introduction chapter and the final perspective chapter, “Nanomedicine: Perspective and Promises.”
Currently Pan also is working with Springer Publishing Company to edit the journal, “Topics in Medicinal Chemistry,” and, for CRC Press, he has agreed to another book, “Synthetic Biology at the Interface of Chemistry and Engineering,” which is expected to be released in 2016.