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  • 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.

    26.07.2022

  • Medical Discoveries That Changed the World

    How did discoveries that were made in the 20th century influence what we know about diseases? How can the discovery of DNA structure help us fight COVID-19? Olga Shestova, a physiologist, PhD, and author of the 30 Nobel Prizes: Discoveries That Changed Medicine book, gave an open lecture about the key scientific breakthroughs that had a huge impact on humankind. We summarized it for you.

    15.09.2020

  • Immunologist and ITMO Fellow Marina Dukhinova: ‘Proud to Be a Part of Russian Science’

    Marina Dukhinova is a biologist and immunologist whose research focuses on the use of immune modulation in the treatment of inflammatory and cancerous diseases. ITMO.NEWS caught up with the researcher to find out what drew her back to Russia, what she loves about working at ITMO, and which country she sees herself living in in the future.

    08.07.2020

  • ITMO University Researchers’ Work on DNA-Based Nanorobot for Cancer Diagnostics

    A group of researchers from ITMO University has come up with the concept of a new drug against cancer: a nanorobot made of DNA fragments, which can potentially be used not only to destroy cancer cells but also to locate them in the body. The research is published in Chemistry – A European Journal.  

    04.02.2020

  • ITMO Researchers Develop Universal System for Delivery and Release of Antitumor Drugs Using Infrared Radiation

    Oleksii Peltek, a Master’s student at ITMO University’s Faculty of Physics and Engineering, and his scientific advisor Mikhail Zyuzin have presented their research in the field of cell technologies. The scientists conducted a range of experiments on targeted delivery and non-invasive release of anticancer drugs for enabling effective treatment of malignant tumors. It is planned that going forward, the smart delivery systems they developed will be tested on animal models in vivo. The research results have been recently published in a leading international journal Biomaterials Science.

    03.12.2019

  • What Cells Do When They Can’t Breathe

    Can cells measure the amount of oxygen around them? And why do they need it? How do they react to the changing conditions? This evasive mechanism of an animal cell had been in the dark for a very long time. It was the work of William G. Kaelin Jr, Sir Peter J. Ratcliffe and Gregg L. Semenza that finally shed light on this mechanism, earning them the 2019 Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology. Ekaterina Umnyakova, a senior researcher at the Institute of Experimental Medicine, explained what this discovery means for modern science, and especially for cancer treatment research. Her lecture took place at the Lermontov Central Library within the framework of the “Nobel Prize in the Open Living Room 2019” project. 

    27.11.2019

  • Just Ask: How Does New Cancer Consultation Service Work

    Each year, over 650,000 Russians fall victim to cancer. But despite these overwhelming figures, there’s no shared understanding of what a patient should do in their specific condition. That makes their struggle all the more difficult to navigate, leaving them no clue as to where they should go, what they should do, and to whom they should turn for help. So people resort to the internet, but its advice is often far from trustworthy. To address the issue, the Cancer Prevention Foundation has launched a consultation service Prosto Sprosit (Russian for ‘just ask’), where all user queries are answered by medical practitioners. ITMO.NEWS looks into the workings of the service and how it could help cancer sufferers. 

    11.02.2019

  • ITMO University Scientists Create Cancer Treatment Nanomachines

    Scientists from ITMO in collaboration with their international colleagues proposed new DNA-based nanomachines that can be used for gene therapy of cancer. This new invention can greatly contribute to making the treatment of oncological diseases more effective and selective. The results were published in Angewandte Chemie.

    04.02.2019

  • University of South Carolina Professor on Development of Anticancer Drugs

    Last week, ITMO University’s international research center SCAMT hosted a lecture by the leading scientist in the field of anticancer drugs, Professor at the Department of Drug Discovery and Biomedical Sciences of the University of South Carolina (the US), Igor Roninson. Dr. Roninson spoke about the main pillars of creating new drugs and answered the topical question of why they take such a long time in developing. ITMO.NEWS put down the key points of the presentation.

    19.12.2018

  • University of Twente’s Stefano Stramigioli: Robotics Is About Giving Machines Life

    Stefano Stramigioli first got into robotics after watching Star Wars as a kid. Today, he is the chairman of the Robotics and Mechatronics Group at the University of Twente (the Netherlands). Last year, his research team developed the world’s smallest breast cancer diagnostics robot. The group’s researchers collaborate with major companies like KUKA and Siemens, and develop drones and other robotic systems. Prof. Stramigioli, who is co-heading the ITMO Bio-mechatronics and Energy-Efficient Robotics Lab and recently came to ITMO University to give a series of lectures for students and young researchers, sat down with us to talk about medical robotics, working with ITMO, and finding inspiration.

    17.12.2018