What is Nanomedicine?
Nanomedicine comes from nanotechnology, which is the science of engineering matter at the molecular and atomic scale. How small is that? Nanotechnology is focused on manipulating objects the size of molecules including proteins, roughly one 10,000th the thickness of a human hair.
Our approach to nanomedicine takes nanotechnology a step further with the application of cutting-edge biomedical research to define the molecular causes of diseases at the nanoscale level. Identifying the causes of grievous common diseases, such as colitis, diabetes, autoimmunity, sepsis, and cancer are desperately needed in order to generate more effective therapeutics for prevention and cure. Common disease origins are linked to unknown environmental factors, with genetic variation playing a minor role. To succeed, we must further improve the early diagnosis of disease and the targeted delivery of medicines with effective “smart devices” operating at the nanoscale. This dual approach will ultimately increase the quality and length of human life.
Why is Nanomedicine Ground-breaking?
The leap from current medical capabilities to those of nanomedicine will be similar in magnitude to the impact on computer science of the transition from vacuum tubes to silicon chips in the 20th century. In the 21st century, nanomedicine will challenge and change the way biology and medicine view and treat disease. Through the discovery of disease origins and the use of new imaging and drug delivery systems, we are entering a revolutionary period of unparalleled advances in biomedical knowledge and the practice of medicine.
Advancements in nanomedicine are happening weekly in the areas of disease origins, diagnosis, imaging, and treatment. Building on the relevant nanotechnologies, nanomedicine will revolutionize medicine as we know it – providing early detection, more effective therapeutics, and less diffuse delivery of medications, resulting in less stress (side-effects) on the human body and more successful medical outcomes.
Why Not see for Yourself?
Do you live in Santa Barbara or are visiting the area? Please let us know if you are interested in a tour of the Center for Nanomedicine. We would welcome the opportunity to share with you the incredible advances that our researchers are making, and our work to move these advances into the clinic. Please contact us to schedule a visit.
The Center for Nanomedicine is dedicated to finding cures for human disease, improving the quality of life, and creating a legacy for humanity.
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