Drug Delivery

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Side effects have long limited the effectiveness of treatments, but research into targeted drug delivery offers new possibilities for delivering therapies directly to places of need where they will target cancer, neurodegenerative and infectious diseases without causing serious side effects. At Yale, biomedical engineers are working together with medical doctors in creating these new targeted therapies, developing new materials for the controlled delivery of drugs; peptides that can deliver molecules directly inside cells; drug-loaded nanoparticles; nanogels that can treat chronic, autoimmune diseases like lupus; and implantable, slow-release drug wafers.