Search by tag «Biomedicine» 10 results

  • ITMO Scientists Create Ultra-Broadband Carbon Dots With Biomedical Applications

    Carbon nanodots are a new trend in science, now used in smart packaging, warranty tags and with potential applications in diagnostics and tumor visualization. However, in order to be used in biomedicine, carbon nanodots have to be made visible through the human skin. This has recently been achieved by researchers from ITMO University, the Ioffe Physical-Technical Institute, and North Ossetian State University, who synthesized nanodots with unique properties: they can radiate and absorb light in the infrared spectrum. Such newly developed dots can be used for tissue visualization in medicine. Learn more about the new carbon dots synthesis method and its practical applications in this article.


  • ITMO Scientists First to Propose Binary Antisense Agent for Cancer Treatment

    A research team from ITMO’s ChemBio Cluster and the University of Central Florida has developed a binary antisense oligonucleotide (a short DNA molecule produced by chemical synthesis) that consists of two oligonucleotide chains. As one part of the chain targets a tumor marker and the other – a vital housekeeping gene, the technology allows scientists to target cancer cells without harming the healthy ones.


  • ITMO Scientists Propose a New Model for Study of Bone Development

    The proposed model allows researchers to understand how certain substances can influence the formation and development of bone cells. This knowledge is useful both in fundamental biological research and in the creation of new ways to prevent osteoporosis and other diseases. Moreover, the model can be used to design smart wound-healing materials.  


  • Picture of the Week: Hollow Copper Nanocapsule

    ITMO scientists proposed a simple and affordable method for producing such nanocapsules from various metals. These particles have potential applications in catalysis and biomedicine.


  • Picture of the Week: Spider Web Through a Microscope Lens

    It’s believed that if it was  possible to create a spider’s web as wide as  a pencil, it would be strong enough to stop a train. Thanks to its unique properties, this material can find many applications in biomedicine.


  • In Search of Phantom: Regular Graphite and PVC to Help Diagnose Oncological Diseases

    ITMO University scientists from the Terahertz Medicine laboratory proposed a concept of a new phantom for calibrating medical terahertz spectrometers. The concept helps the devices to identify the boundaries of a tumor with better precision so that it would be easier to remove it surgically.


  • What is Hyaluronic Acid and Where Can We Apply It?

    Recently, we told you about ITMO researchers discovering nanofibers based on hyaluronic acid. This time, together with Petr Snetkov, the author of the paper and a PhD student at the Faculty of Applied Optics, we will tell you what hyaluronic acid actually is, why it is interesting, and how it can be applied in medicine and bioengineering.  


  • ITMO Graduate Elena Ushakova on Scientific Career, Research Projects and Working in Hong Kong

    A graduate of ITMO University’s Faculty of Photonics and Optical Information, Elena Ushakova has been working at the university for over ten years. However, in the last year, along with being a lecturer and research associate at ITMO, Elena is doing research and giving lectures at the City University of Hong Kong (CityU). In this interview with ITMO.NEWS, she talks about the research she has been working on lately, as well as the elements that make a scientist’s career.


  • Decline of Antibiotics and Nanoparticle Drugs of the Future

    Ekaterina Kolesova, a second-year PhD student at the Department of Optical Physics and Modern Natural Science, recently joined the “Night of Science” initiative to talk about the lessening effect of antibiotics and their future alternatives; she also took part in Science Slam, where she spoke about ITMO University’s involvement in a European Union project on digital twins. ITMO.NEWS spoke to Kolesova about her work and how antibacterial systems will help prevent new epidemics.


  • ITMO University Participates in DigiTwins Project

    ITMO’s International Laboratory “Hybrid Nanostructures for Biomedicine” has become Russia’s only participant in a major project on creating digital twins - DigiTwins. The project will combine the efforts of more than 200 partners from 32 different countries in order to create an extensive medical database on every citizen of the European Union. Not only will the new project help to better predict and diagnose diseases, but also develop new drugs more efficiently. It is anticipated that the new project will help save many lives, as well as sufficiently decrease financial losses in the healthcare system. For now, DigiTwins has already passed  the  preliminary  selection for projects that aim to receive funding as part of European Union’s FET Flagships initiative.