Additionally, continuing improvement in the pharmacological and therapeutic properties of drugs is driving the revolution in novel drug delivery systems.
This unique and innovating online course platform focuses mainly on the applications of nanotechnology to drug delivery and highlight several areas of opportunity where current and emerging nanotechnologies could enable novel classes of therapeutics. The course provides with an easy and effective way, the challenges and general trends in pharmaceutical nanotechnology, and also explores new strategies to overcome limitations in drug delivery. This online course teaches effectively, the recent developments in the use of nanoparticles as drug delivery systems, to treat a wide variety of diseases.
An additional benefit is that students can participate from anywhere in the world: this gives the course a global perspective and students gain valuable information about the state of nanotechnology internationally. The course is fully supported by expert tutors who are experienced in both nanotechnology and online teaching. All of the above will be analyzed further and in detail in this online course part of the Nanotechnology-Nanomedicine category. After successfully completing the lessons, the participant will receive a training certificate.
Nanomedicine, the application of nanotechnology to medicine, has opened up a new, previously unimaginable world in disease diagnosis and therapy. Today new multifunctional nanoplatforms can be constructed that have capabilities for specific disease targeting and therapy, using moieties such as antibodies, and that contain therapeutic payloads that can be released at the disease site. The vision of combining diagnostics and therapeutics, now being referred to as theranostics, was considered futuristic only a few years ago, but is now clearly achievable – the future is almost now!
Currently, the main use of nanoparticle medicinal products (NMP) is their conjugation or/and encapsulation with several active biomolecules for therapeutic or/and diagnostic purposes, since they can be used as drug carriers for chemotherapeutics to deliver medication directly to the tumor while sparing healthy tissue. Corresponding products already marketed, are Doxil™ (a chemotherapy drug, doxorubicin, is encapsulated in a liposome) and more recently Abraxane™ (Protein-bound paclitaxel is an injectable formulation of paclitaxel, a drug used to treat breast cancer, lung cancer and pancreatic cancer, by preventing the normal breakdown of microtubules during cell division and thus minimizing the spread of cancer cells in the body. In this formulation, paclitaxel is bonded to albumin as a delivery vehicle). At the same time, researches are now focused on the construction of advanced nanotherapeutic approaches, such as DNA nanostructure carriers, nanovaccines and gene nanotherapy.
In this Nanotechnology and Nanomedicine programme at National and Kapodistrian University of Athens critical issues of nano-based targeted drug delivery and therapy are going to be discussed. The course is also focusing in several interesting regulatory and ethical aspects of the use of nanothechnology in every day clinical practice.
Lesson 1-Targeting strategies in drug delivery
Section 1.1.Targeting strategies
1.1.1.Passive targeting1.1.2.Active targeting
Section 1.2. Approaches for in vivo nanoparticle delivery1.2.1. Non-specific, localized use of nanoparticles
1.2.2. Specific nanoparticle targetingSection 1.3. Targeting agents in drug delivery
1.3.1. Antibodies1.3.2. Aptamers
1.3.3. Peptides1.3.4. Nucleic Acids
For full information of the programme outline please visit the programme website.
This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.Schedule IELTS
This e-learning programme is or a open to suitably qualified Greek and International graduates, holding at least a Degree in Medicine Biological, Biomedical or Biochemical subject, Pharmachy, Chemistry, or in a related field.
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