Sunday, August 4th, 2013
BOCA RATON, FL -- (Marketwired) -- One of the world's leading medical publishers, CRC Press / Taylor & Francis Group, announced its new publication The Textbook of Nanoneuroscience and Nanoneurosurgery, a groundbreaking book that focuses on currently available nanoplatforms and their use in neurosurgery, neurology, neuroscience, cellular therapy and neuroradiology. Edited by two leading scientists in the field, the book focuses on precision guided and personalized healthcare delivery at the cellular and subcellular level. Babak Kateb, Editor and Founding Chairman of the Board of SBMT, President of Brain Mapping Foundation and Director of National Center for NanoBioElectronics, and John Heiss, Section Head of Neurosurgery at National Institute of Health/National Institute of Neurological Disorder and Stroke (NINDS), demonstrate how more and more neurological disorders will be treated at the cellular and subcellular level with nanoplatforms.

The first book ever to be published on this subject presents the latest reviews, techniques and methodologies that form the basis for all brain mapping research. The release of this book couldn't be more timely. "In early April, President Obama announced a $100 million BRAIN initiative to develop new technologies to study brain activity," says Lance Wobus, CRC Press Senior Editor, Medicine. "That effort will emphasize the further development of nanoneuroscience, a key focus of this book. Many of the co-contributors are key players in President Obama's initiative at the advisory level. We are confident that with contributions from many of the most prominent researchers around the world, this book will remain the gold standard reference on nanoneurosurgery and nanoneuroscience for years to come."

"Today, our scientists are mapping the human brain to unlock the answers to Alzheimer's, developing drugs to regenerate damaged organs, devising new material to make batteries ten times more powerful... now is the time to reach a level of research and development not seen since the height of the Space Race." - President Barack Obama, State of the Union Address, 2013.

Brain mapping is defined as the study of the anatomy and function of the brain and spinal cord through the use of imaging (including intra-operative, microscopic, endoscopic and multi-modality imaging), immunohistochemistry, molecular biology and optogenetics, stem cell and cellular biology, engineering (material, electrical and biomedical), neurophysiology and nanotechnology. Based on this definition set by the Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics (SBMT) and President Obama's Brain Mapping Initiative, there is a great need for educating scientists and the public about current trends in the field of nanoneuroscience and nenoneurosurgery. The Textbook of Nanoneuroscience and Nanoneurosurgery is aimed at closing this educational gap.

"In this book, we have covered state-of-the-art science, technology, medicine and healthcare policy in nanoneuroscience and neurosurgery as well as congressional initiatives that have impacted the field and FDA regulations. We are talking about technologies which are already available and could revolutionize the healthcare industry by reducing cost and morbidity," says Kateb. "Many of the technologies and scientific advancement we have discussed in this book are conducted by world leaders in the field. Some are already in clinical trials for patients with Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, brain cancers, spinal disorders, epilepsy and neurotrauma, which could be also helpful for wounded warriors suffering from devastating neurological disorders."

Forty-one chapters and 600+ pages of information have been compiled by 120+ world-renowned experts who reviewed more than 3,000 articles in preparation for contributing to this comprehensive volume. The contributors highlight results from the most current clinical trials. They discuss safety concerns and strategies to reduce the toxicity of nanoplatforms and address FDA regulations and policies related to the field. They also examine the regulatory aspects of nanotechnology, which is critical for spinoffs and commercialization. In addition, the book explores the troubling educational gap across disciplines, emphasizing the importance of integrating nanotechnology into clinical neurosurgery, neurology, neuroscience, engineering, radiology and medicine.

The book includes links to online material -- including video -- that illustrates various nanoplatforms being used in vivo and in vitro. Illustrations, electron microscopy images, confocal images and medical and surgical views of the current applications of nanotechnology further enhance the text, making this resource a multi-faceted learning experience.

Portions of the proceeds from this book will go to the Brain Mapping Foundation, which will be allocated toward providing much-needed research dollars to the members of SBMT as well as scholarships for women and minorities in science.

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