"Much of the current molecular biology research focuses on finding new molecular targets and pathways that are responsible for various disease processes," said Li. "It is hoped that once these molecular targets have been identified, the right combination of physical, biologic and chemical agents can potentially give us unprecedented control in our treatment regimens."
As the field of nanotechnology continues to develop, medical imaging will play a key role in better understanding how nanoparticles can be used to precisely target and treat the biological underpinnings of cancer, neurological conditions and cardiovascular disease.
Tremendous Discoveries Ahead
As the two-day summit wrapped up, Julie Sutcliffe, Ph.D., program chair and associate professor at the University of California, Davis, said, "New applications for nanotechnology in medicine are being discovered at a tremendous pace." She added, "Noninvasive imaging technologies have the potential to accelerate this process. This year's summit made critical strides toward examining some of the key issues related to the rapid growth and evolving science of nanomedicine."
The summit explored ways in which molecular imaging and therapy currently use nanotechnology, as well as how these methods can facilitate advancements in the understanding and proper management of nanomaterials both for the environment and human health.
This was SNM's fourth annual molecular imaging summit, but the first program dedicated to examining the potential of nanomedicine. Looking ahead, SNM will continue to work with imaging researchers, physicians, regulatory groups and other members of the molecular imaging and nuclear medicine communities to bring highly targeted therapies from the bench to bedside.
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