Special Issue "Engineered Graphene-Based Materials in Brain Theranostics"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Global Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Marek Osinski
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Center for High Technology Materials, University of New Mexico, 1313 Goddard SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106-4343, USA
Interests: synthesis and characterization of colloidal nanocrystals; biomedical applications of colloidal nanoparticles; quantum dot imaging and sensing; nanoscintillators for nuclear radiation detection; nanophosphors; solar hydrogen; optoelectronic devices and materials; optoelectronic integrated circuits; memristors; spintronics
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Dr. Małgorzata Kujawska
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Toxicology Department. Poznan University of Medical Sciences. Poznan. Poland
Interests: Parkinson’s disease, Gut-Brain-Axis, Urolithins, Neuroprotection, Chemoprevention, Oxidative stress, Toxicity Assessments, Graphene
Prof. Tor Flå
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Department of Mathematics and Statistics. UiT The Arctic University of Norway. Tromsø, Norway.
Interests: Theranostics and functional graphene nano delivery of medicines; Gut microbiome and drug resistance and brain diseases, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer diseases, stem cells and cancer drug resistance; blockchain technology and AI; e-Health, Functional, sustainable principles for cryptocurrency and payment systems
Dr. Grzegorz Kreiner
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Institute of Pharmacology, Polish Academy of Sciences. Krakow, Poland.
Interests: neurodegenerative diseases; neuroprotection; transgenic animal models; depression and antidepressant treatment; pharmacology of central nervous system

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Brain disorders, including inflammatory, psychiatric, neurodevelopmental, and neurodegenerative diseases as well as cancer stroke and trauma, are significant threats to public health. However, the blood–brain barrier, targeted biodistribution, and complex intercellular communication between brain cells are significant obstacles for their treatment. Brain theranostics, an emerging field of medicine that involves monitoring biomarker and engineering probes for improved diagnosis and therapy efficacy, is gaining increasing attention.

The unique structural, optical, electrical, thermal, and biocompatible properties of graphene and its derivatives make graphene-based nanomaterials attractive for brain theranostics applications.

Graphene-based nanomaterials are used for the creation of multimodal platforms for simultaneous imaging and therapeutic functions, such as delivery and photothermal, photodynamics or radiotherapy. The graphene surface can be easily functionalized for desired passive and active brain-targeted delivery of drugs, genes and contrast agents coupled with a stimuli-responsive cargo release mechanism. Theranostics for imaging are integrated with techniques based on computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, optical and ultrasound imaging, positron emission tomography, and single-photon emission computed tomography.

This Special Issue aims to showcase the variety and relevance of recent advances in the field of application of graphene-based nanomaterials in brain theranostics.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following: biofunctionalization, multidisciplinary analysis of nanomaterials’ properties and biocompatibility, therapeutic approaches, targeted delivery, imaging modalities, and efficacy and biosafety assessment.

Prof. Dr. Marek Osinski
Dr. Małgorzata Kujawska
Prof. Tor Flå
Dr. Grzegorz Kreiner
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • graphene
  • brain
  • theranostics
  • diagnosis
  • therapy
  • efficacy and biosafety assessment

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