This proposal seeks to develop an interdisciplinary Nanomedicine Center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. We have assembled a team of scientists with specific expertise in nanomedicine, drug delivery, therapeutics and diagnostics. These will now be joined by biochemists, pharmacologists, immunologists and neuroscientists. All will work, with singular focus, to develop the means to best use devices of nanoscale size to improve outcomes for cancer, neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases. Such approaches will deliver drugs to focal areas of central nervous system disease or directly to tumors. Parallel studies seek nanotechnologies to improve diagnostic measures and disease monitoring. The anticipated outcome is to maximize clinical benefits and limit untoward side effects. Nanotechnology is amongst the most rapidly developing approaches available towards for drug and gene delivery. Indeed, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have identified the need in developing the field of Nanomedicine as an integral component of its strategic plan. The challenges in realizing these goals require the formation of multidisciplinary research centers that include broad expertise in material, pharmaceutical and biological sciences driven by innovative research. This is the foundation for the Nebraska Center for Nanomedicine (NCN). The long-term goals are to build upon and integrate already strong areas of research in cancer biology, neurodegenerative disorders, molecular imaging (magnetic resonance and single photon emission computed tomography) with material and pharmaceutical sciences (nanomaterials, polymers, drug delivery, and gene delivery). The envisioned cross-disciplinary expertise could be joined between traditional biomedical research and material sciences through the NCN.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)
Type
Exploratory Grants (P20)
Project #
5P20RR021937-04
Application #
8098966
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZRR1-RI-2 (01))
Program Officer
Canto, Maria Teresa
Project Start
2008-09-26
Project End
2013-06-30
Budget Start
2011-07-01
Budget End
2012-06-30
Support Year
4
Fiscal Year
2011
Total Cost
$2,167,099
Indirect Cost
Name
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Department
Other Basic Sciences
Type
Schools of Pharmacy
DUNS #
168559177
City
Omaha
State
NE
Country
United States
Zip Code
68198
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