A Central Michigan University researcher uses a new method to target diseased cells

Dr. Neeraj Vij lab with Dr. Maish Bodas (back) a postdoctoral fellow in the medical research facility. Central Michigan University photos by Steve Jessmore

Dr. Neeraj Vij lab with Dr. Maish Bodas (back) a postdoctoral fellow in the medical research facility. Central Michigan University photos by Steve Jessmore

The method is called nano-delivery. It sends drugs directly to diseased cells in the lungs, without harming surrounding cells.

Medical researchers say this new delivery method can be used to target diseases like cystic fibrosis and lung cancer.

Dr. Neeraj Vij is a professor of molecular and cell biology at CMU. He said the drugs will be delivered directly into the airway through an inhaler-like device.

“We designed a specific nano-system which is biodegradable. Can by-pass through this obstructive airway. At the same time it has a model in which it allows it to target the drug to a specific cell type and start off releasing it and affecting all different cells inside the airway.”.

Dr. Vij said the next step is to perform medical trials on the device, before it can become a mainstream treatment option.