About the group
Health care has experienced a paradigm shift in regards to disease management. The practice of healthcare is being decentralized outside of traditional settings; and approaches to bring the idea of personalized medicine and care to those in need are highly demanded. Whereas significant advances have been made in this direction, its full potential requires more exploration. Among diseases, infectious deserve special attention because they are major causes of death, disability, and social and economic disruption for millions of people. Over 9.5 million people die each year because of infectious diseases (IDs), with more than 95% occurring in low- and middle-income countries. Most IDs lack adapted diagnostic tools and despite several attempts, methods for their theranostic (diagnosis and treatment) are still non-effective. In this context, there is an urgent need for agents that can be used for detection, diagnosis and remotely triggered therapy. Theranostic of IDs will greatly benefit from emerging technologies such as nano-bioengineering. Novel properties and functions of nano-bioengineered materials can be explored in a variety of biomedical applications, where testing can be performed closer to the patient, at the point-of-care (POC) or even at home; and intervention can be tailored for more effective and efficient therapeutic approaches.
The Max Planck Tandem Group in Nanobioengineering from Universidad de Antioquia, is a new group founded in 2016 in the frame of the Cooperation Agreement 566-2014 among the Max Planck Society (Germany) and Colciencias, Universidad Nacional de Colombia and Universidad de Antioquia. The group, located at Complejo Ruta N (Medellín-Colombia), is devoted to the development of new nano-bioengineered tools for theranostic of infectious diseases.
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