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Nanotechnologies in Neuroscience: Advances in Diagnostic Applications, Therapeutic Applications, and Neuro-engineering

Submission deadline: 31 May 2024
Special Issue Editor
  • Ali Yadollahpour
    The University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom; Intercontinental Neuroscience Research Group
    Interests: cognitive neuroscience; system neuroscience; experimental neuroscience; artificial neural networks; neuroimaging; machine learning; electrophysiology; data science; biological phenomena modeling; python and MATLAB
    Special Issues and Topics in IMR Press journals
Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Nanotechnology is a fast-developing field that provides simple and efficient tools for study of the brain in health and disease. Of particular importance are biosensors, multi-electrode arrays, memory resistive devices, and brain machine interfaces.

Thanks to advanced nanostructures, novel implantable bioelectronics interfaces that are well suited to their biological targets have been introduced in medical applications to enhance the potential and capacity of prostheses and neural interfaces. The unique physical and chemical properties of nanoparticles have also facilitated the development of novel imaging instruments for advanced laboratory systems, as well as intelligently manufactured scaffolds, microelectrodes, and other technologies designed to increase our understanding of neural tissue processes. The incorporation of nanotechnology into physiology and cell biology enables the tailoring of unique molecular interactions in neuroscience, such as those that occur in neurons and glial cells. This article will present nanotechnology solutions for effective interactions with neuronal cells, improved molecular-based diagnostic techniques, biomaterials and hybridized compounds for neural regeneration, neuroprotection, as well as the targeted delivery of medicines and small chemicals across the blood–brain barrier.

Neuro-engineering in combination with nanotechnology is paving the way for major advances in the diagnosis and therapy of neurological disorders. 

Over recent years, significant advances have been made in the application of nanotechnology in both basic neuroscience and in clinical practice. Novel nanotechnologies have enabled important insights into brain mechanisms, diagnosis, and therapy of CNS disorders. The aim of this special issue is to review emerging technologies in targeted therapies such as radiotherapy and chemotherapy. By integrating with progress in nanotechnologies, advances in anatomical and functional imaging modalities provide tremendous opportunities for physicians, engineers and researchers to improve precision, personalized and targeted therapy, as well as diagnostic methods. In addition to therapy, nanotechnologies have significantly improved the diagnosis of various disorders.

Recently, imaging modalities such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in combination with nanotechnologies and nano-scale engineering techniques have significantly contributed to advances in neuro-oncology.

We will discuss recent advances and future perspectives in neuro-oncology with a focus on the use of nanotechnologies, advanced imaging modalities, and quantitative strategies for the early detection and effective treatment of brain disorders.

For this special issue, researchers are invited to contribute their original work relating to nanotechnologies and nanoparticle neuro-oncology-based strategies for the diagnosis and therapy of brain disorders.

We welcome original research and review articles on the following topics:

blood-brain-barrier, the nano-electrical and chemical stimulation, nanoparticles, magnetic nanoparticles and magnetic tunneling junctions, therapeutic approaches, genetic nanotechnology neuroprotective therapies, novel nanofluidic mechanisms such as hydrophobic gating, neuro-engineering, biosensors, multielectrode arrays (MEA), intracortical microelectrodes (IME), resistive memory devices, neurons and networks, and nano-brain machine interfaces (nBMI).

Ali Yadollahpour
Guest Editor

quantitative models
molecular imaging
nano-electrical and chemical stimulation
nanotechnology-based gene therapy
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