FAR8043 - NFIF - Nanomedicine og nanotechnology

Course content

The aim of the course is to provide deeper insight on the fast emerging field of nanomedicine and its potential in improvement of drug therapy. Moreover, the course provides the unique opportunity to deal with nanomedicine from several aspects (from physics to ethics) as the experts involved in the course cover multidisciplinary insight on nanomedicine. Nanotechnology and nanomedicine have emerged as distinct disciplines with integrated, multidisciplinary and specialized scientific topics. This course focuses on recent developments in the field of nanomedicine from physical basics, biological aspects, medical applications and concerns related to manufacturing, reliability and safety of nano-scale medicines.

The course structure is as follows: 1) Nanotechnology: concept, current status. 2) Nanomedicine: concept, current status. 3) Nanotechnology in medicinal imaging. 4) Nanoscale technology: technological platforms used in manufacturing of nano-sized systems. 5) Polymers and materials used in micro- and nano-fabrication: nanocoatings and nanostructured surfaces for medical application. 6) Nanosized drug delivery systems. 7) Intelligent therapeutics: concept of ”smart drugs”. 8) Limitations and perspectives. 9) Nanotechnology and human future: policy, ethics and safety issues.

Learning outcome

Upon completion of the course, students are expected to have advanced knowledge and ability to critically evaluate the basis for nanomedicine development and current pipelines in clinical evaluation of the most promising nanomedicine. The course provides a strong base to further apply the principles of modern drug therapy into respective research areas relevant for pharmaceutical sciences. The course is also expected to strengthen the knowledge on multidisciplinary aspects of nanomedicine as the selected experts in their respective fields will interact with students in a highly scientific fashion, mostly discussion based rather than conventional teaching/learning approach.


The course is open to PhD candidates enrolled in the National PhD School in Pharmacy.


This subject is thought as a one-week extensive lecture/seminar/discussion at UiT. The rest of the subject is self-study with supervision from the course leader.

Key lecturers

Natasa Skalko-Baset
Ingunn Tho
Hanne Hjort Tønnesen.


The candidates will be assessed though an essay on a given subject which needs to be submit on the predetermined date. Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale.

Course overlap

FAR-3043 Advanced Drug Delivery Systems in Nanomedicine 10 stp.


The course is organised by the Faculty of Health Science at the University of Tromsø in cooperation with the National PhD School in Pharmacy. Follow this link to see the UiT course description.


Natasa Skalko-Baset.



Published Dec. 14, 2014 6:55 PM - Last modified June 2, 2016 1:04 PM