Brain Targeted Drug Delivery Systems - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128140017

Brain Targeted Drug Delivery Systems

1st Edition

A Focus on Nanotechnology and Nanoparticulates

Editors: Huile Gao Xiaoling Gao
Paperback ISBN: 9780128140017
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st October 2018
Page Count: 512
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The brain is the most important organ in the human body, and disorders of the central nervous system (CNS) are the most serious threat to human life. As a result of the blood brain barrier, it is difficult to deliver drugs to the brain. Brain targeting drug delivery systems are one solution to improving the treatment of CNS disorders. In recent decades, knowledge about the brain and CNS disorders has increased significantly. CNS disorders and brain targeting drug delivery systems have attracted increased attention. Brain Targeted Drug Delivery Systems focuses on nanotechnology and nanoparticulates, and provides a guide to both academic and industry researchers. The book discusses key points in the development of brain targeted drug delivery, summarizes available strategies, and considers the main problems and pitfalls evidenced in current studies on brain targeted drug delivery systems.

Key Features

  • Provides an overview of brain targeting drug delivery useful to both academic and industry-based researchers
  • Discusses key points in developing brain targeting drug delivery systems
  • Summarizes and presents current available strategies for brain targeting drug delivery
  • Covers not only current studies and their strengths, but also gives insight into the pitfalls of current research
  • Looks into the future direction of the whole area


Pharmaceutical industry scientists, graduate students and academic researchers in pharmaceutical science and materials science working in drug delivery and nanotechnology, clinical researchers including neuroscientists and cancer researchers

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

Part I Physiology and Principles for brain targeting drug delivery
2. Anatomy and physiology of the blood brain barrier
3. Blood brain barrier in CNS disorders
4. Recent progress in blood brain barrier and blood-CSF barrier transportation research

Part II Brain targeting delivery strategies
5. Receptor mediated transportation through BBB
6. Carrier mediated transportation through BBB
7. Adsorptive mediated transportation through BBB
8. Physically open BBB
9. Intranasal drug delivery

Part III Brain targeting delivery for CNS disorder management
10. Brain tumor targeting delivery systems
11. Brain targeting delivery systems for Alzheimer disease management
12. Brain targeting delivery systems for Parkinson’s disease management
13. Brain targeting delivery systems for stroke management

Part IV Perspective and pitfalls of brain targeting delivery
14. Neurotoxicity concern about the brain targeting delivery systems
15. The intra-brain distribution of brain targeting delivery systems
16. The excretion of brain targeting delivery systems
17. Perspective on brain targeting delivery systems


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About the Editor

Huile Gao

Dr. Huile Gao received his PhD in Pharmaceutics from School of Pharmacy, Fudan University in 2013 under the supervision of Prof. Xinguo Jiang. Then he joined the West China School of Pharmacy, Sichuan University as an Instructor in July 2013 and was promoted to an Associate Professor in July 2014. Dr. Gao’s research interests focus on the design, synthesis, characterization and evaluation of stimuli responsive nanomaterials for drug and imaging probe delivery to improve treatment and diagnosis of human diseases especially tumor and brain diseases. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed articles. His research is supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (81373337, 81402866), Excellent young scientist foundation of Sichuan University (2015SCU04A14) and 4 other grants. His doctorial dissertation has been awarded as Excellent Doctorial Dissertation of Shanghai in 2015. He was awarded as “Young Excellent Pharmaceutics Scientist” in 2015.

Affiliations and Expertise

Key Laboratory of Drug Targeting and Drug Delivery Systems, West China School of Pharmacy, Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan, China

Xiaoling Gao

Xiaoling Gao is a Professor at Department of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology, Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine. Her research has been focused on developing novel nanomedicines and nanoparticulate drug delivery systems for the management of brain diseases, especially Alzheimer’s disease and glioma. She has authored or co-authored more than 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals, which have been cited more than 1500 times. Her work has been highlighted in ACS Nano Perspective and reported by Chemical and Engineering News. She received the nomination award of China Top 100 Excellent Doctoral Dissertations in 2009, and won the 2nd prize for Progress in Science and Technology awarded by Chinese Pharmaceutical Association in 2010. As a main contributor, she also won the 1st Prize for Progress in Science and the 1st Prize for Progress in Technology, awarded by the Chinese Ministry of Education. In 2017, she won the Excellent Youth Award from the National Natural Science Foundation, and was enrolled in National Youth Talent Support Program.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology, Faculty of Basic Medicine, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shanghai, China.

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