Research Departments & Organizations
Rheumatic Diseases Research Core
Center for Biomedical and Interventional Technology (CBIT)
We are studying the use of novel drug delivery systems, which are based primarily on biocompatible polymers. Our current studies focus on three different clinical applications of these materials:
- for local delivery of potent agents such as chemotherapy in tumors or paracrine growth factors in tissue repair;
- for enhancing the delivery and/or presentation of antigens to the immune system for vaccination; and
- for non-viral DNA expression in cells and tissues.
Extensive Research Description
W. Mark Saltzman is the Goizueta Foundation professor and the
department chair of biomedical engineering at the Yale School of Engineering
and Applied Science. His research
focuses on developing the most economical, transportable and accessible methods
for disease prevention and methods to more effectively deliver chemotherapy to
the most aggressive forms of brain tumors. Dr. Saltzman’s research interests include controlled drug
delivery to the brain, polymers for supplementing or stimulating the immune
system, cell interactions with polymers, and tissue engineering. He studies how to create safer and more
effective medical and surgical therapy based on tissue engineering. Dr. Saltzman worked with an
interdisciplinary team to develop what is now the standard of care for treating
Dr. Saltzman received his S.M. and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was elected as a fellow of the American Institute of Biological and Medical Engineers and was named the Britton Chance Distinguished Lecturer in Engineering and Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Saltzman served as a member of the surgery and bioengineering study section at the National Institutes of Health and has authored two textbooks and more than 100 peer-reviewed articles. Dr. Saltzman was honored with the Distinguished Lecturer Award from the Biomedical Engineering Society.
Yale Week in Mexico Mexico (2007 - 2007)
Participated in Yale Week in Mexico, organized by the Yale Club of Mexico, which highlighted the interactions between the University and Mexico. Events included a series of public lectures by Yale professors, as well as performances by the Whiffenpoofs, Yale's oldest a cappella music group. The...