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Ultrasound-Mediated Blood–Brain Barrier Disruption and Drug Delivery
edited by Manish Ranjan, and
submission deadline 10 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 4014
Keywords: focused ultrasound; blood– brain barrier; blood– brain barrier opening/disruption; drug delivery; targeted therapeutics; neurotherapeutics; pharmacokinetics; immunotherapy; microbubbles; nanoparticles
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Delivery and Controlled Release)
Pharmaceutical Technology and Formulations for the Treatment of Eye Diseases
edited by and Luc Demange
submission deadline 10 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 3021
Keywords: delivery route; formulation; durability; bioavailability; controlled ocular drug delivery; ocular inserts; implants; gene therapy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Clinical Pharmaceutics)
Advanced Drug Delivery for Animals
edited by and
submission deadline 10 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 426
Keywords: advanced drug delivery systems; animal health; long-acting injection; oral; topical; injection; nanomedicine
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Delivery and Controlled Release)
Advances in ADME for Drug Discovery
edited by José Luiz Costa and
submission deadline 10 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 365
Keywords: pharmacokinetics; absorption; bioavailability; metabolism; PBPK modelling; PK/PD modelling; drug– drug interaction
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biopharmaceutics)
Innovative Dosage Forms for Esophageal Drug Delivery
edited by , Julius Krause and Christoph Rosenbaum
submission deadline 10 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 165
Keywords: esophagus; drug targeting; advanced drug delivery; esophagitis; gastroesophageal reflux disease; barrett’ s esophagus; esophageal cancer; biorelevant dissolution
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Delivery and Controlled Release)
Advanced Nanopharmaceutics for Anticancer Therapy submission deadline 15 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 4500 | Submission Open
Keywords: nanomaterials  ; drug delivery systems  ; cancer therapy  ; polymer carriers  ; liposomes  ; theranostics  ; imaging  ; tumor targeting  ; biomaterials
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Targeting and Design)
Cyclodextrins and Associated Nanomaterials for Drug and Gene Delivery submission deadline 15 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 259 | Submission Open
Keywords: cyclodextrin; nanoparticle; nanocarrier; drug delivery system; gene delivery system; inclusion complex
(This special issue belongs to the Section Gene and Cell Therapy)
Fiber-Based Scaffolds as Drug Carriers: Recent Advances submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | 8 articles | Viewed by 16617 | Submission Open
Keywords: nano- and microfibers; spinning techniques; natural-origin carriers; trigger-based drug release; controlled liberation of drugs; antimicrobial cues; tissue regenerative properties
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Delivery and Controlled Release)
Anti-inflammatory Effects from Natural Bioactive Compounds—from Bench to Bedside, 2nd Edition
edited by
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | 8 articles | Viewed by 13046 | Submission Open
Keywords: inflammation; bioproducts; isolated compounds; cytokines; macrophages; autoimmune diseases; in vivo assay; in vitro assay
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Targeting and Design)
State-of-Art in mRNA Therapeutics and Gene Delivery
edited by
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 10586 | Submission Open
Keywords: gene therapy; mRNA-mediated gene silencing; expression; and editing; shRNA; siRNA; miRNA; saRNA; oligonucleotides; nucleic acid therapeutics; viral and non-viral vectors; lipid-; polymer-; and peptide-based nanoparticles; gene delivery; preclinical and clinical development of RNA therapeutics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Gene and Cell Therapy)
Nanocarriers: A Novel Strategy for Cell and Gene Delivery submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 10312 | Submission Open
Keywords: nano-drug delivery systems; smart nanoparticles; targeted therapy; responsive nanocarriers
(This special issue belongs to the Section Gene and Cell Therapy)
Advanced Spray Drying Technology in Pharmaceutical Formulations: Novel Applications Using Polymeric and Lipidic Excipients submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 8093 | Submission Open
Keywords: spray drying; particle engineering; amorphous solid dispersions; dry powder; inhalation; biologics; lipidic carriers; protection; controlled delivery; targeted delivery; scale-up
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physical Pharmacy and Formulation)
Recent Advances in Hydrogels for Biomedical Applications submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 7978 | Submission Open
Keywords: hydrogels; hydrogels for tissue engineering/repair; hydrogels as controlled drug delivery systems; hydrogels for wound dressings; biodegradable injectable hydrogels; stimuli-sensitive hydrogels; antimicrobial hydrogels; hydrogels as scaffolding biomaterials
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Delivery and Controlled Release)
Novel Technologies for Buccal and Transdermal Drug Delivery submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 7739 | Submission Open
Keywords: solid dispersion; transdermal delivery; buccal delivery; electrohydrodynamic processing; biomaterials
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Delivery and Controlled Release)
Polymer-Based Delivery System
edited by and
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 7713 | Submission Open
Keywords: polymer therapeutics; diagnostic tolls; targeting delivery; drug combination; bioresponsive carriers; controlled release; stability and bioavailability; stimuli-responsive materials
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Delivery and Controlled Release)
Delivery System for Biomacromolecule Drugs: Design and Application
edited by Songwei Tan and
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 5069 | Submission Open
Keywords: drug delivery system; biomacromolecule; protein/peptide; DNA; RNA; gene therapy; immune therapy; cancer therapy; microneedle; self-assembly
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Delivery and Controlled Release)
Recent Advances in Pharmaceutical Dosage Forms submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 4405 | Submission Open
Keywords: excipient; formulation; drug; quality; design; dosage form; drug delivery; 3D printing
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physical Pharmacy and Formulation)
Targeted Drug Delivery for Diagnostic and Therapeutic Applications submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 3623 | Submission Open
Keywords: drug delivery; theranostics; nanocarriers; cancer treatment; therapeutic nanoparticles; targeting; liposomes; nanosomes
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Delivery and Controlled Release)
Advances in Natural Products and Their Derivatives for Metabolic and Chronic Inflammatory Disease Therapy, 2nd Edition submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 3175 | Submission Open
Keywords: natural products; metabolic diseases; chronic inflammation; drug discovery; biological activity; diabetes; obesity; rheumatic diseases
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Targeting and Design)
Research on Hot Melt Extrusion Processing for Drug Formulation and Drug Delivery submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 3129 | Submission Open
Keywords: hot-melt extrusion (HME); pharmaceutical industry; twin-screw granulation; continuous manufacturing; drug delivery; solubility and dissolution; amorphous form; bioavailability; formulation and development; in-vitro/in-vivo characterization
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pharmaceutical Technology, Manufacturing and Devices)
Natural Products in Photodynamic Therapy
edited by Renato Sonchini Gonçalves and Gustavo Braga
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 2684 | Submission Open
Keywords: photodynamic therapy; photosensitizer; natural product; bioactive compounds; combination therapy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Targeting and Design)
Novel Therapeutic Approaches for the Treatment of Neurodegenerative Diseases submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 2076 | Submission Open
Keywords: Alzheimer’ s disease; Parkinson’ s disease; Huntington’ s disease; frontotemporal lobar degeneration syndromes; amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; multple system Atrophy; lewy body dementia; synucleinopathies; Pick’ s disease; corticobasal degeneration; protein aggregates; disease-modifying therapies; treatment; neuroprotection
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Targeting and Design)
Advances in Phototherapy and Sonodynamic Therapy, 2nd Edition submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1153 | Submission Open
Keywords: photothermal therapy; photodynamic therapy; sonodynamic therapy; nanomaterials; theranostics; synrgestic therapy; combination therapy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Targeting and Design)
Combination of Targeted Radiotherapy with Other Therapeutic Modalities for Cancer Treatment
edited by and Swarbhanu Sarkar
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 294 | Submission Open
Keywords: targeted radionuclide therapy; multimodal nanoparticles; cancer; personalized medicine; theranostics; nanomedicine
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Targeting and Design)
Recent Advances in Biomaterials for Wound Healing
edited by Rodrigo Silveira Vieira and Niédja Fittipaldi Vasconcelos
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 258 | Submission Open
Keywords: dressings; biomaterials; therapeutic agents; antimicrobial; anti-inflammatory; debridement; infected lesion; drug delivery; tissue regeneration; wound healing
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Delivery and Controlled Release)
Improvements in Ocular Drug Delivery Systems
edited by Abeer H. A. Mohamed Ahmed
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 242 | Submission Open
Keywords: ocular drug delivery systems; topical ocular delivery systems; contact lenses; implants; novel topical delivery systems to target the back of the eye; nanocarriers as ocular delivery systems
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Delivery and Controlled Release)
New Trends in Neutrophil-Based Drug Delivery Systems
edited by
submission deadline 20 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 140 | Submission Open
Keywords: neutrophils; targeted drug delivery; BBB/BTB; nanoparticles; cancer therapy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Delivery and Controlled Release)
Focus on Antibiotics – New Challenges and Steps Forward in Discovery and Development, 2nd Edition submission deadline 30 Jul 2024 | 10 articles | Viewed by 20777 | Submission Open
Keywords: antibiotics; hybrid antibiotics; metal complexes; nanoparticles; silver nanoparticles; natural antibiotics; bioactive compounds; drug repurposing; drug repositioning; antibiotic resistance breakers; antibacterial drug resistance; antibiotic resistance
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Targeting and Design)
Essential Oils in Pharmaceutical Products (Volume II) submission deadline 30 Jul 2024 | 7 articles | Viewed by 12308 | Submission Open
Keywords: EOs as active chemicals; EOs' biological activity (antimicrobial; insecticidal; herbicidal; bactericidal; and fungicidal properties); EOs encapsulation procedures; EOs for improving human health; EOs in active packaging products; polymeric networks for EOs encapsulation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physical Pharmacy and Formulation)
Boosting Cancer Immunotherapy with Nanomedicines: Novel Approaches and Promising Clinical Applications submission deadline 30 Jul 2024 | Viewed by 390 | Submission Open
Keywords: immunotherapy; nanomedicine; systemic and local delivery; spatio-temporal heterogeneity; gene therapy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Nanomedicine and Nanotechnology)
The Role of Carbohydrate in Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines and Delivery Systems
edited by and
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 7 articles | Viewed by 13785 | Submission Open
Keywords: carbohydrates; vaccines; lectins; antibodies; galactins; cancer therapy; infectious diseases; nanoparticles; drug delivery; polymeric scaffold; drug delivery; medicinal chemistry; liposomes; immune system; drug uptake; neoglycolipides; Janus liposomes; glycosylated NPs; glycodendrimers
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Delivery and Controlled Release)
Orally Disintegrating Dosage Forms Based on Cyclodextrins and Hydrophilic Polymers submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 10016 | Submission Open
Keywords: orally disintegrating; hydrophilic polymers; drug solubility; drug dissolution
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physical Pharmacy and Formulation)
Natural and/or Synthetic-Based Nanostructured Systems as Drug Delivery Platforms submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 7537 | Submission Open
Keywords: synthesis and characterization; rational design and modelling studies; stimuli-responsive hydrogels; nanocomposites; dendrimers; polymeric nanoparticles; micelles; liposomes; targeted or localized and controlled drug and gene delivery; etc.; tissue engineering; anticancer treatments; antimicrobial treatments; immunomodulate treatments
(This special issue belongs to the Section Nanomedicine and Nanotechnology)
Recent Advances in Drug Discovery and Drug Delivery Systems for Antimicrobial Therapy submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 6807 | Submission Open
Keywords: antibacterial agents; antibiotics; antimicrobial; antibiotic adjuvants; drug discovery; drug delivery system; bioactive compunds; computer-aided drug design
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Delivery and Controlled Release)
Lipid-Based Nanoparticles for Drug Delivery in Cancer
edited by and
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 6478 | Submission Open
Keywords: lipid nanoparticles; nanocarriers; drug delivery systems; cancer; chemotherapy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Nanomedicine and Nanotechnology)
Functionalized Nanoparticles in Cancer Therapeutics, 2nd Edition submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 5524 | Submission Open
Keywords: liposomes; polymeric nanoparticles; dendrimer-based nanoparticles; micellar nanoparticles; inorganic nanoparticles; small interfering RNA-based nanoparticles; protein-based nanoparticles; functional nanomaterials
(This special issue belongs to the Section Nanomedicine and Nanotechnology)
Design of Novel Polymeric Systems for Controlled Drug Delivery, 2nd Edition submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 5392 | Submission Open
Keywords: drug delivery; degradable polymers; smart polymers; controlled release; pharmacokinetics; structure– property relationship; NMR; chain microstructure; nonwovens; self-assembly; shape memory polymers; electrospinning; nanotubes; conjugates; polymerosomes; microspheres; micelles; polymer nanoparticles; thermoresponsive nanogels; microcarrier; drug delivery; sensors; stimuli responding hydrogels; targeted therapy; coatings; DDS
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Delivery and Controlled Release)
Smart Nanomedicine for Cancer Diagnosis and Therapy
edited by
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 4824 | Submission Open
Keywords: stimuli responsiveness; smart nanomedicine; disease diagnosis; cancer therapy; imaging-guided therapy; nanotechnology; biomaterials
(This special issue belongs to the Section Nanomedicine and Nanotechnology)
Unveiling New Insights and Treatment Options for Ocular Surface Diseases
edited by , Pamela Rosso and
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 4605 | Submission Open
Keywords: ocular surface diseases; dry eye; neurotrophic keratitis; neuropathic corneal pain; inflammation; immune cells; dendritic cells; neuromediators and growth factors; biomarkers; drug delivery systems; advanced therapy; tissue engineering
(This special issue belongs to the Section Clinical Pharmaceutics)
Photodynamic, Photothermal and Photoimmune Therapy and Other Antimicrobial Nanomedicine-Related Applications
edited by , , René-Jean Bensadoun and Constantin Ailioaie
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 4023 | Submission Open
Keywords: antimicrobial; cancer therapy; tumor recurrence and metastasis; photomedicine; photobiomodulation; new photosensitizers; nanotechnology; nanomedicine; photothermal therapy; photodynamic therapy; photo-immunotherapy; clinical applications of PTT; PDT; and PIT; immunogenic cell death; drug design; drug delivery systems; light-triggered multifunctional nanoplatforms; controlled release; unmet clinical needs; nanotherapies targeting mitochondria; nanoparticles; nanosystems; nanorobots; nanocarriers; radiation therapy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Nanomedicine and Nanotechnology)
Anti-Cancer Drug Delivery Systems
edited by
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3976 | Submission Open
Keywords: anti-cancer drugs; drug carriers; drug delivery systems; polymeric biomaterials; ceramic biomaterials; carbon biomaterials; composite biomaterials; implantation drug delivery systems; transdermal drug delivery systems
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Delivery and Controlled Release)
The 15th Anniversary of Pharmaceutics—Advances and Future Trends in Drug Delivery submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3407 | Submission Open
Keywords: drug delivery; drug targeting; theranostics; nanotechnology; in vitro and in vivo drug delivery model development; drug repurposing; stimuli-responsive systems
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Delivery and Controlled Release)
Phenolic Acids: Handy Molecules for Medicinal Purposes submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 3303 | Submission Open
Keywords: advanced therapies; antioxidant properties; cancer; HPLC; metabolomics; nanomedicine; nanoparticles; natural compounds; oxidative stress; phenolic acids; reactive oxygen species (ROS)
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biopharmaceutics)
Bacteriophages, Critical Biocatalysts of Bacterial Doom: The Dawn of a New Era in the Fight against Multidrug Resistant Bacteria, 2nd Edition submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 3016 | Submission Open
Keywords: strictly lytic bacteriophage particles; phage-based control of phytopathogens; phage therapy in humans; animals and fish; bioinformatic tools for phage genomics; resistance to bacteriophages; anti-phage defense systems; transdermal permeation of bacteriophage particles
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Targeting and Design)
Curcumin in Biomedical Applications, 2nd Edition
edited by , Adhimoolam Karthikeyan and
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2997 | Submission Open
Keywords: curcumin; biotechnology; pharmacology; nanospheres; nanocarriers; drug delivery; human; aquatic animal; terrestrial animal; in vitro study; in vivo study
(This special issue belongs to the Section Nanomedicine and Nanotechnology)
Recent Advances in Pulmonary Drug Delivery Systems
edited by Chuanbin Wu, and Sha Li
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 2375 | Submission Open
Keywords: pulmonary drug delivery systems; dry powder inhalation; inhalation drug delivery; inhalation formulation and process development; design of novel inhaler devices; inhalation excipients; delivery processes of pulmonary drugs; inhalation nanoparticles; aerosol inhalation; pressurized metered-dose inhalation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Delivery and Controlled Release)
Metallodrugs in Cancer Therapy: The Newest Candidates in the Field, 2nd Edition submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 2343 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Targeting and Design)
Novel Anti-cancer Compounds: Drug Metabolism and Absorption submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 2179 | Submission Open
Keywords: absorption; anti-cancer activity; biotransformation; detoxification; drug transporters; drug-metabolizing enzymes; metabolic activation; metabolite identification; reactive metabolites
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics)
Advances in Nanotechnology-Based Drug Delivery Systems
edited by Carla Serri
submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 2134 | Submission Open
Keywords: biomaterials; nanomedicine; nanotechnology; formulations; green production technologies; biological macromolecule nanoencapsulation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Nanomedicine and Nanotechnology)
Advances in Liposomes for Drug Delivery submission deadline 31 Jul 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1570 | Submission Open
Keywords: liposomes; drug delivery; liposome-based therapeutics; controlled release; liposome technology; encapsulation; liposome stability
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Delivery and Controlled Release)
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