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Innovative Formulations of Poorly Soluble Drugs
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submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 6231 | Submission Open
Keywords: poorly soluble drugs; innovative formulations; bioavailability; drug delivery systems; routes of administration; pharmaceutical technology; new application scenarios; 505(b)(2)
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physical Pharmacy and Formulation)
New and Emerging Targeted Topical and Systemic Drugs for Immunemediated Cutaneous Diseases
edited by
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 5394 | Submission Open
Keywords: psoriasis; atopic dermatitis; alopecia areata; vitiligo; hidradenitis supurativa; prurigo nodularis; urticaria; cutaneous lupus; drug targeting
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Targeting and Design)
Photodynamic Therapy: Recent Progress and Development submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 4501 | Submission Open
Keywords: photodynamic therapy; anticancer; photosensitizers; nanomaterials; photodiagnosis; theragnostic; antimicrobial
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Targeting and Design)
Biopolymer-Based Nanosystem for Drug Delivery, 2nd Edition submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 3814 | Submission Open
Keywords: nano-formulations of drugs; antibody drug conjugation (ADC); nanoformulated vaccines; delivery of biologics; biotech risk analysis; assessment of biocompatibility; drug delivery system formulation; characterization of dosage forms; in vitro dissolution studies; SEDDS
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Delivery and Controlled Release)
Dosage Form Design for Oral Administration submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3487 | Submission Open
Keywords: controlled release; nanotechnology; peptide and protein; buccal; age-appropriate; taste; packaging; mini-tablets; quality by design; veterinary medicine
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physical Pharmacy and Formulation)
Advances in Anticancer Agent, 2nd Edition submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 3030 | Submission Open
Keywords: synthetic/natural anticancer agents; drug design; targeted therapies; hybrid compounds; metastasis; multidrug resistance
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Targeting and Design)
Editorial Board Members’ Collection Series: Progress and Challenges of Gene Delivery Systems
edited by Xianrong Qi and
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 2981 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Gene and Cell Therapy)
Development of Physiologically Based Pharmacokinetic (PBPK) Modeling submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 2286 | Submission Open
Keywords: physiologically based pharmacokinetic modeling (PBPK); modeling and simulations (M& S); pharmacokinetics; ADME; pharmacometrics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics)
Multicomponent Nanomedicines for Photodynamic Diagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1977 | Submission Open
(This special issue belongs to the Section Nanomedicine and Nanotechnology)
Nanodynamic Therapies against Cancer and Microbial Infections submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1779 | Submission Open
Keywords: various types of nanoparticles; sensitizer; ROS-activated cancer and microbial infection treatments; photodynamic therapy (PDT); chemodynamic therapy (CDT); sonodynamic therapy (SDT); thermodynamic therapy (TDT); radiodynamic therapy (RDT); electrodynamic therapy (EDT); piezoelectric dynamic therapy (PZDT); pyroelectric dynamic therapy (PEDT); other nanodynamic therapies; synthesis and characterization; in vitro and in vivo studies; synergistic nanodynamic therapy; cancer therapy; microbial infections; multimodal imaging; theranostics; tumor and bacterial targeting; ROS-responsive drug delivery system
(This special issue belongs to the Section Nanomedicine and Nanotechnology)
Inhalable Drugs for the Treatment of Chronic Respiratory Diseases
edited by and Prakash Khadka
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 961 | Submission Open
Keywords: inhalable formulations; high-dose formulations; aerosolization; pulmonary delivery; inhalable nanovaccines; chronic respiratory diseases
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physical Pharmacy and Formulation)
Challenges and Innovative Solutions in Nasal Drug Delivery: From Formulation Development to Mode of Administration, 2nd Edition
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submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 924 | Submission Open
Keywords: innovative nasal drug formulations; local effect; systemic bioavailability; nose-to-brain delivery; mucoadhesion; biocompatibility; permeability; nasal deposition; nasal delivery device
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pharmaceutical Technology, Manufacturing and Devices)
Cell Penetrating Peptides as Potential Therapeutic Agents
edited by and Mario Suwalsky
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 817 | Submission Open
Keywords: cell-penetrating peptides (CPPs); membrane-active peptides; biophysical techniques; lipid– peptide interaction; peptide mechanism of action
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physical Pharmacy and Formulation)
Recent Advances in Nanodelivery Systems for Plant and Food Derivatives, 2nd Edition submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 386 | Submission Open
Keywords: nanodelivery system; liposome; nanovesicle; nanoparticle; nanoemulsion; food-macromolecule-based nanodelivery systems; bioavailability; controlled release; natural products; functional food; food supplements; plant derivatives; herbal drugs
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Delivery and Controlled Release)
Pharmaceutical Nanomaterials and Nanotoxicology submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 329 | Submission Open
Keywords: nanotoxicology; nanomaterials for drug delivery; synthesis; characterization; and toxicity of new nanomaterials; nanoformulations; environmental nanotoxicology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Nanomedicine and Nanotechnology)
Nanotechnology-Enabled Strategies to Enhance Topical Bioavailability, 3rd Edition submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 301 | Submission Open
Keywords: nanotechnology-based formulations; drug-in nanocarriers; cyclodextrin-in nanocarriers; polymer-based nanocarriers; topical drug-delivery systems; bioavailability enhancement; drug release in vitro and in vivo; skin models; biological assessments
(This special issue belongs to the Section Nanomedicine and Nanotechnology)
Exploring the Versatility of Cyclodextrins in Pharmaceutical Formulations submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 276 | Submission Open
Keywords: cyclodextrins; CDs; inclusion complexes; cyclodextrin-based nanosponges; excipients; host– guest complexes; complexes
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physical Pharmacy and Formulation)
Advances in Controlled Delivery of Therapeutic Biomacromolecules
edited by and Caroline Santos A. De Lima
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 214 | Submission Open
Keywords: therapeutic peptides and proteins; drug delivery systems; pharmacokinetics; hydrogels; nanotechnology; targeting; advanced formulations for drug delivery; microemulsions; growth factors; gens; pharmaceutical technology; biomaterials; enzymes; mAb
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Delivery and Controlled Release)
Customized Pharmaceutics: Innovations for Diverse Populations submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 214 | Submission Open
Keywords: nanotechnology; 3D printing; quality by design; patient-centric approaches; customized pharmaceuticals; pediatrics; geriatrics; veterinary medicine; age-appropriate formulations; taste masking
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physical Pharmacy and Formulation)
Controlled-Release Drug Delivery Systems for Anti-inflammatory and Wound Healing Action
edited by , and Anica M. Petrović
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 204 | Submission Open
Keywords: controlled drug delivery systems; systems for topical delivery; physicochemical characterization; stability studies; rheological properties; release and permeation testing; anti-inflammatory properties; wound-healing properties; natural products
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Delivery and Controlled Release)
Application of Silver Nanoparticles in Cancer Treatment
edited by and Francesco Ragonese
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 199 | Submission Open
Keywords: silver nanoparticles; nanomedicine; nanotechnology; cancer therapy; cancer diagnostics; cancer theranostics; tumor targeting; drug delivery systems; in vitro studies; in vivo studies
(This special issue belongs to the Section Nanomedicine and Nanotechnology)
Bioadhesive Nanocarriers: Innovations in Drug Release and Therapeutic Effectiveness
edited by , and Reolon Jéssica Brandão
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 190 | Submission Open
Keywords: nanocarriers; bioadhesive materials; mucoadhesive materials; drug delivery; topic formulations; efficacy optimization
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Delivery and Controlled Release)
Electrospinning in Drug Delivery Applications submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 188 | Submission Open
Keywords: electrospinning; nanofibers; nanostructures; nanomaterials; nanotechnology; drug delivery; polymers; biopolymers; controlled release; topical application; tissue-engineered scaffold; wound dressing; systematic delivery
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Delivery and Controlled Release)
Research on the Development of Semi-solid Pharmaceutical Dosage Forms and Self-Emulsifying Drug Delivery Systems
edited by and
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 175 | Submission Open
Keywords: semi-solid dosage forms; ointments; creams; gels; transdermal patches; self-emulsifying drug delivery systems; topical delivery; transdermal delivery
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Delivery and Controlled Release)
Nano-Based Technology for Glioblastoma
edited by and Joana Peixoto
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 172 | Submission Open
Keywords: nanoparticles; glioblastoma; blood– brain barrier; diagnosis; therapy; drug delivery; nose-to-brain delivery; targeted delivery; surface modification
(This special issue belongs to the Section Nanomedicine and Nanotechnology)
RNA-Based Vaccines and Therapeutics
edited by Sotiris Missailidis, Patrícia Cristina Da Costa Neves and Ana Paula Dinis Ano Bom
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 165 | Submission Open
Keywords: RNA vaccines; RNA therapeutics; delivery systems; analytical and process development; global health implications
(This special issue belongs to the Section Gene and Cell Therapy)
Gene Therapy with LNPs, Possibilities, Limitations, New Strategies
edited by Jason Duskey and
submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 154 | Submission Open
Keywords: gene therapy; lipid nanoparticles; nucleic acid delivery; nuclear targeted LNPs; microfluidic production of LNPs
(This special issue belongs to the Section Gene and Cell Therapy)
Therapeutic Drugs and Delivery Strategies for Gastrointestinal Diseases submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 134 | Submission Open
Keywords: targeted therapy in drug delivery; biologic therapies in inflammatory bowel disease (e.g.; special dosages; administration and delivery); biologic therapies in eosinophilic esophagitis (e.g.; special dosages; administration and delivery); eosinophilic gastrointestinal disease
(This special issue belongs to the Section Clinical Pharmaceutics)
Mechanism-Based Pharmacokinetic and Pharmacodynamic Modeling
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submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 133 | Submission Open
Keywords: PK/PD modeling; disease progression modeling; quantitative system pharmacology; physiologically based modeling
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics)
Biocompatible Polymers for Drug Delivery
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submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 120 | Submission Open
Keywords: biomaterials; biocompatible polymers; functional materials; natural polymers; polymeric composites; drug delivery systems; biohydrogels; formulation challenges; controlled release; biomedical applications
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Delivery and Controlled Release)
Conjugated Polymer Nanoparticles: Innovative Designs for Photodynamic and Photothermal Therapy in Cancer and Bacterial Infections—Preclinical Evaluation and Beyond
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submission deadline 31 Oct 2024 | Viewed by 112 | Submission Open
Keywords: conjugated polymer nanoparticles; organic semiconducting materials; biomedical application; drug delivery; preclinical evaluation; antimicrobial nanoparticles; antitumoral nanoparticles
(This special issue belongs to the Section Nanomedicine and Nanotechnology)
Stability of Medicines and Novel Approaches for Predicting Drug Stability submission deadline 10 Nov 2024 | 7 articles | Viewed by 25512 | Submission Open
Keywords: stability; 3D printing; ICH; physical stability; biologicals
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physical Pharmacy and Formulation)
Nanofibrous Scaffolds: Promising Wound Dressing Materials submission deadline 10 Nov 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 10729 | Submission Open
Keywords: wound dressings; skin regeneration; biopolymers; synthetic polymers; chronic wounds; acute wounds; electrospun nanofibers; biomaterials; nanomaterials; advanced materials; polymer nanoparticles; antibacterial activity; nanofibrous scaffolds
(This special issue belongs to the Section Nanomedicine and Nanotechnology)
Exosomes as Drug Carriers for Cancer Therapy submission deadline 10 Nov 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 7754 | Submission Open
Keywords: exosomes; extracellular vesicles; cancer; biomarker; non-invasive; liquid biopsy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biologics and Biosimilars)
New Insights into Transporters in Drug Development
edited by and
submission deadline 10 Nov 2024 | 7 articles | Viewed by 7172 | Submission Open
Keywords: membrane transporters; drug– drug interactions; in vitro-to-in vivo extrapolation; transporters as therapeutic targets; regulation of transporter expression and activity
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Targeting and Design)
Smart Nanocarriers for Drug Delivery in Cancer Therapy submission deadline 10 Nov 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 4582 | Submission Open
Keywords: liposomes and lipid-based formulations; polymeric and metal nanoparticles; hydrogels and nanocomposites; targeted drug delivery; smart drug delivery; controlled drug release; nanomaterial fuctionalization
(This special issue belongs to the Section Nanomedicine and Nanotechnology)
Precision Dosing in Clinical Therapeutics: The Application of Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacometrics
edited by
submission deadline 10 Nov 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 2432 | Submission Open
Keywords: pharmacokinetics; pharmacometrics; PBPK; drug– drug interactions; pediatrics; pregnancy; oral bioavailability; modelling and simulation; population pharmacokinetics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics)
New Insights into Physiologically Based Pharmacokinetic Modeling
edited by Zubida M. Al-Majdoub
submission deadline 10 Nov 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 1701 | Submission Open
Keywords: physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) modeling; drug– drug interactions; drug– gene interactions; PBPK-based precision dosing; PBPK-based Quantitative Systems Pharmacology
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics)
Advanced Pharmaceutical Excipients Used in Solid Dosage Forms submission deadline 10 Nov 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 1011 | Submission Open
Keywords: solid dosage forms; co-processed excipients; mesoporous materials; multifunctional excipients; directly compressible; high-functionality excipients; bioavailability enhancement; continuous processing; patient compliance; sustainability; poor solubility
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pharmaceutical Technology, Manufacturing and Devices)
Osteoarthritis and Cartilage Biologics
edited by Tiago Lazzaretti Fernandes and Daniela Franco Bueno
submission deadline 10 Nov 2024 | Viewed by 117 | Submission Open
Keywords: osteoarthritis; cartilage repair; biologics; orthobiologics; cartilage repair; therapy; cells; tissue engineering; stem cells; mesenchymal stromal cells; intra-articular injections; drug discovery
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biologics and Biosimilars)
Mesenchymal Stem/Stromal Cell Extracellular Vesicles: From Active Principle to Next Generation Drug Delivery
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submission deadline 15 Nov 2024 | 5 articles | Viewed by 11889 | Submission Open
Keywords: mesenchymal cells  ; stem cells  ; extracellular vesicles  ; exosomes  ; therapy  ; delivery  ; vehicle  ; carrier  ; drug  ; clinic
(This special issue belongs to the Section Gene and Cell Therapy)
Advances in Drug Delivery Systems of Plant Extracts for Antibacterial and Antioxidant Applications submission deadline 15 Nov 2024 | 1 articles | Viewed by 653 | Submission Open
Keywords: plant extracts; drug delivery systems; pharmaceutical formulation; antibacterial and antioxidant applications; pharmacokinetics; biopharmaceutics; nanoparticles; liposomes; hydrogels
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Delivery and Controlled Release)
Drug Design and Novel Biomarkers for the Treatment of Gastrointestinal Tumors
edited by Lucia Scarabel and Alessia Bignucolo
submission deadline 15 Nov 2024 | Viewed by 298 | Submission Open
Keywords: immunogenetics; pharmacogenetics; gastrointestinal cancer; colorectal cancer; rectal cancer; prognostic biomarkers; genetic susceptibility factors; precision medicine; immune system; clinical implementation; immunocheckpoint inhibitors; immunotherapy; chemotherapy; radiotherapy; repurposing drug; drug design and targeted drugs; gut microbiome; gut microbiota-related biomarkers
(This special issue belongs to the Section Clinical Pharmaceutics)
Advances in Drug Delivery Systems for Transmucosal Routes Applied in the Treatment of Infectious and Chronic Degenerative Diseases
edited by Fernanda Isadora Boni
submission deadline 15 Nov 2024 | Viewed by 110 | Submission Open
Keywords: mucosal permeation; drug delivery system development; biological behavior; mucoadhesion; mucopermeation; mucosal route of administration
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Targeting and Design)
Pharmaceutical Solids: Advanced Manufacturing and Characterization
edited by Vivek Verma
submission deadline 20 Nov 2024 | 8 articles | Viewed by 11916 | Submission Open
Keywords: hot melt extrusion (HME); nanotechnology (nanoparticles and nanosuspensions; nanoprecipitation and nano emulsification); three-dimensional printing; spray drying including supercritical CO2-assisted spray drying; quality-by-design (QbD) approach; continuous manufacturing; artificial intelligence and machine learning; template/surface assisted crystallisation; microwave assisted manufacturing; sono precipitation; mechanochemistry; advanced characterizations such as X-Ray Diffraction (XRD); Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC); Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM); Raman Spectroscopy; Dynamic Vapor Sorption (DVS); Inverse Gas Chromatography (IGC); Quartz Crystal Microbalance (QCM); scanning white light interferometry; TOF-SIMS; XPS; Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance; in situ PXRD; TEM; and SEM; SEM-Raman; and other solid state characterizations; hyperspectral imaging; MRI characterization of solid pharmaceutical dosage forms; X-ray tomography and terahertz pulsed spectroscopy and imaging; NIR spectroscopy; Process Analytical Technology (PAT)
(This special issue belongs to the Section Pharmaceutical Technology, Manufacturing and Devices)
Natural Nanoparticle for Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment, 2nd Edition submission deadline 20 Nov 2024 | 4 articles | Viewed by 9363 | Submission Open
Keywords: natural nanoparticles; drug delivery; tumor-targeting probes
(This special issue belongs to the Section Nanomedicine and Nanotechnology)
Advances in Bioactive Peptides from Natural Sources: Characterization, Biological Targets and Promising Applications submission deadline 20 Nov 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 4810 | Submission Open
Keywords: bioactivity; synthesis; pharmacology; toxicology; immunogenicity; snake venom; scorpion venom; skin secretion; nanoparticles; bioassays
(This special issue belongs to the Section Biologics and Biosimilars)
Research on the Prediction and Optimization of the Solubility and Permeability of Biopharmaceuticals submission deadline 20 Nov 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 3827 | Submission Open
Keywords: biopredictive test; drug delivery systems; in vitro/in vivo studies; drug development; generic industry; dissolution test; absorption; permeability; biowaivers
(This special issue belongs to the Section Physical Pharmacy and Formulation)
Application Prospects and Challenges of Cell-Penetrating Peptides in Drug Delivery Systems
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submission deadline 20 Nov 2024 | 3 articles | Viewed by 3677 | Submission Open
Keywords: cell-penetrating peptide; peptide conjugate; cellular uptake; structure-activity relationship; drug-delivery systems
(This special issue belongs to the Section Gene and Cell Therapy)
Nano-Drug Delivery Systems for Targeting the Tumor Microenvironment and Simultaneously Overcoming Drug Resistance Properties submission deadline 20 Nov 2024 | 2 articles | Viewed by 3203 | Submission Open
Keywords: cancer therapy; multidrug resistance; mechanisms of drug resistance; tumor microenvironment; ABC transporters; combined therapy; drug delivery
(This special issue belongs to the Section Drug Delivery and Controlled Release)
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