Nanoinformatics: developing new computing applications for nanomedicine

Victor Maojo, Martin Fritts, Fernando Martin-Sanchez, Diana De la Iglesia, Raul E. Cachau, Miguel Garcia-Remesal, Jose Crespo, Joyce A. Mitchell, Alberto Anguita, Nathan Baker, Jose Maria Barreiro, Sonia E. Benitez, Guillermo De la Calle, Julio C. Facelli, Peter Ghazal, Antoine Geissbuhler, Fernando Gonzalez-Nilo, Norbert Graf, Pierre Grangeat, Isabel HermosillaRada Hussein, Josipa Kern, Sabine Koch, Yannick Legre, Victoria Lopez-Alonso, Guillermo Lopez-Campos, Luciano Milanesi, Vassilis Moustakis, Cristian Munteanu, Paula Otero, Alejandro Pazos, David Perez-Rey, George Potamias, Ferran Sanz, Casimir Kulikowski

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Abstract / Description of output

Nanoinformatics has recently emerged to address the need of computing applications at the nano level. In this regard, the authors have participated in various initiatives to identify its concepts, foundations and challenges. While nanomaterials open up the possibility for developing new devices in many industrial and scientific areas, they also offer breakthrough perspectives for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases. In this paper, we analyze the different aspects of nanoinformatics and suggest five research topics to help catalyze new research and development in the area, particularly focused on nanomedicine. We also encompass the use of informatics to further the biological and clinical applications of basic research in nanoscience and nanotechnology, and the related concept of an extended "nanotype" to coalesce information related to nanoparticles. We suggest how nanoinformatics could accelerate developments in nanomedicine, similarly to what happened with the Human Genome and other -omics projects, on issues like exchanging modeling and simulation methods and tools, linking toxicity information to clinical and personal databases or developing new approaches for scientific ontologies, among many others.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)521-539
Number of pages19
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Nanoinformatics
  • Computing
  • Nanotechnology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Medical Informatics
  • Nanomedicine
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