Over the past two decades, Bioinformatics and system biology have addressed informational challenges in biomedicine at the molecular & cellular level; leading to the sequencing of Human genome project and other omics projects. At a higher level, medical informatics deals with patient information, whereas biomedical informatics (BMI)
has emerged to integrate the fields of Medical information and Bioinformatics.
Nanoinfornatics; a new informatics emerging area working at the intersection between informatics (computer science & information technology), nanotechnology and other established areas such as biology, chemistry and physics. Usually, it refers to the use of informatics techniques for analyzing & processing information about the structure and physicochemical characteristics of nanoparticles & nanomaterials, their interaction with the environment & their applications for nanomedicine.
In nanomedicine and nanodevices, Nanoinfornatics play an important role such as describing the use of computer simulations for improving targeted delivery of magnetic aerosol droplets to specific lung regions to treat asthma, cystic fibrosis, respiratory infection or lung cancer.
Nanoinformatics has a clear role in the development of nanoparticle production. Similarly, it can be associated with the recording and analysis of experimental test results from the delivery of nanoparticles to different biomedical and ecological targets. The growing nanoinformatics community has begun to focus on an increasing number of research topics that could accelerate developments in nanomedicine.
Nanoinformatics adds areas such as
advanced quantum physics, including nanotoxicity, with new models of imaging, and pharmacodynamics. Future professionals with expertise in nanoinformatics may have an important role to play as information brokers, connecting people with diverse backgrounds and expertise. In nanoinformatics or nanomedicine, informatics methods and tools could play a central role for students and professionals by helping understand and manage the new concepts needed, without having to become quantum physicists or chemists.