Neuroscience nanotechnology: progress, opportunities and challenges

Nat Rev Neurosci. 2006 Jan;7(1):65-74. doi: 10.1038/nrn1827.


Nanotechnologies exploit materials and devices with a functional organization that has been engineered at the nanometre scale. The application of nanotechnology in cell biology and physiology enables targeted interactions at a fundamental molecular level. In neuroscience, this entails specific interactions with neurons and glial cells. Examples of current research include technologies that are designed to better interact with neural cells, advanced molecular imaging technologies, materials and hybrid molecules used in neural regeneration, neuroprotection, and targeted delivery of drugs and small molecules across the blood-brain barrier.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biomedical Engineering*
  • Humans
  • Models, Neurological
  • Nanotechnology* / methods
  • Nanotechnology* / trends
  • Neurons / physiology*
  • Neurosciences* / methods
  • Neurosciences* / trends