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Albany Medical College Faculty Contribute to Nanomedicine Textbook

Albany Medical College faculty and physicians contributed chapters to a recently published book on the latest applications of nanotechnology to various disciplines of medicine, including infectious diseases, urology and vascular medicine.

Ellis Tobin, MD, a clinical professor in the Department of Medicine and author of a chapter on nanotechnology applications for infectious diseases, said “The Clinical Nanomedicine Handbook” is the first clinically oriented comprehensive volume detailing the latest major worldwide developments in nanomedicine.

Nanomedicine utilizes technology on the smallest of scales in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases. The textbook is designed to bridge the technology gap between nanoscience and medicine, and permit a dialogue between medical professionals and nanoscientists.

Albany Med is involved in aspects of nano-medicine that range from the development of vaccines and rapid, sensitive and specific diagnostic tests to the use of implantable medical devices that incorporate nanomaterials.

“The book shows that nanotechnology is not just computers and electronics but has the potential to provide significant medical benefits,” Dr. Tobin said. “A generation from now, nanomedicine will transform the way we diagnose diseases, the way we treat diseases and, most importantly, the way we prevent diseases from occurring.”

Other contributors to the book include:

  • Barry A. Kogan, MD, of the Urological Institute of Northeastern New York and Falk Chair of the Division of Urology at Albany Medical College, and fifth-year resident Himanshu Aggarwal, MB, BS, who co-wrote the chapter on nanotechnology applications in urology.
  • A team from the Vascular Group that co-wrote a chapter on nanotechnology applications in vascular medicine and surgery. Collaborators included: Manish Mehta, MD, MPH, associate professor in the Department of Surgery; W. John Byrne, MD, assistant professor in the Department of Surgery; Philip S.K. Paty, MD, ’86, professor in the Department of Surgery and medical director of the Karmody Vascular Laboratory at Albany Med; Yaron Sternbach, MD, associate professor in the Department of Surgery; John B. Taggert, MD, assistant professor in the Department of Surgery; and Kathleen J. Ozsvath, MD, assistant professor in the Department of Surgery.

The book was edited by Sara Brenner, MD, MPH, assistant vice president for NanoHealth Initiatives and assistant professor of Nanobioscience at the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE). Albany Med has research partnerships with CNSE.

“I am excited to see researchers at SUNY CNSE and Albany Medical College blaze a pioneering path for nanomedicine, thanks to New York State’s unparalleled nanotechnology-based ecosystem, which enables the critical research driving next-generation medical advancements,” Dr. Brenner said.

“While many texts and publications have been released on the potential synergies in nano-technology, biology and medicine, none has approached the convergence of these fields from a distinctly clinical vantage point as this book does.”