A self-assembling material could enable the improved delivery of everything from vaccines, to treatments for cancer, cardiovascular disease and neurological conditions, University of Melbourne researchers have determined.
York University students in the U.K. are developing a nanoparticle cancer treatment delivered through a patch, and they're turning to crowdfunding to raise money for their research.
German researchers have created a way to use calcium carobonate--a component of many rocks and the shells of marine organisms--to produce hollow microspheres and nanospheres capable of delivering cancer drugs to a specific target in the body.
Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and MIT have developed a way to quickly manufacture drug-delivering nanoparticles in various shapes and sizes with coatings that allow them many different functions.
Indian researchers have created strings of nanoparticles--called nano-necklaces--that can be programmed to deliver drugs to very specific targets in the body via chemical propulsion.
Researchers at North Carolina State University have used ultraviolet light to create what they call "nanovolcanoes," tiny cone-shaped structures that can store and release precise amounts of drugs.
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania pulled in a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation for their origami-based folding of materials at the nano scale with potential uses in drug delivery.
Researchers at the University of California in Santa Barbara have found that nanoparticles shaped as "rods" as opposed to spheres are more effective as drug-delivery vehicles to the thin inside wall of blood vessels in the lung and brain.
Gold nanoparticles, because of several inherent characteristics, make excellent drug delivery vehicles, and scientists around the world are now studying the way the tiny particles penetrate cell membranes based on their positive or negative surface charges.
Researchers in Germany have created nanoparticles that respond to red light as a trigger to release chemotherapy at the site of a tumor.