Special Issue "Macromolecules Applied to Pharmaceutics"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2009)
Prof. Dr. Tommasina Coviello (Website)
Faculty of Pharmacy and Medicine, Department of Drug Chemistry and Technologies, "Sapienza" University of Rome, P.le A. Moro 5, 00185 Rome, Italy
Fax: +39 0649913133
Interests: polysaccharides; hydrogel; rheology; texture analysis; modified drug delivery
This special issue, “Macromolecules applied to Pharmaceutics” is devoted to a peculiar branch of polymer science that is rapidly growing in the last decades.
It is of interest, therefore, to publish both reviews and original research papers to illustrate the general trend in current research.
Polymers can act, in different ways, as carriers for drug delivery and as peculiar therapeutic agents to be delivered. In the past few decades macromolecules have evolved from off-the-shelf materials originally developed for applications unrelated to biomedicine to materials specifically designed for particular applications and exhibiting intended biomedical functions. The design of new polymeric devices requires the combination of knowledge among scientist from different fields such biology, medicine, pharmaceutical sciences, chemistry, physics and materials science.
In that sense I wish to thank all the authors for their cooperation and support in the preparation of the present issue.
Prof. Dr. Tommasina Coviello
- Synthetic and natural polymers for drug/gene delivery and/or medical devices
- New aspects of macromolecule uses in the dosage form design
- Characterization of polymers used in the pharmaceutics field
- Macromolecular pro-drugs
- Delivery of macromolecular drugs
- Hydrogel delivery systems
- Micro- and Nano-technological approaches for the delivery of macromolecules
- Pharmaceutical applications of dendrimers
- Polymeric nanocarriers for drug delivery
- Polymer-drug conjugates for drug targeting
- Stimuli-responsive polymeric systems for biomedical applications
- Polymeric scaffolds for tissue engineering