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Anna Mikhailovskaya, a PhD student at ITMO’s Faculty of Physics and Engineering, received a graduate fellowship of the IEEE Microwave Theory and Techniques Society in the category Medical Application. It’s the first time the award was given to a Russian scientist.
The contest of research projects by young scientists took place as part of the Science of the Future – Science of the Youth forum organized by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Russian Federation. Evgeny Koreshin, a PhD student at ITMO’s Department of Physics and Engineering, took first place in the Medicine and Pharmacology category.
ITMO University scientist Alexey Slobozhanyuk has been proclaimed the winner of the Jagadishwar Mahanty Prize. Established by the Australian National University (ANU), this annual award is given to the researcher with the best PhD thesis defended in the School of Physics and Engineering of this university. As part of his studies on the joint ITMO University-ANU PhD program, the young scientist researched metamaterials and application of their unique properties in the development of innovative devices of the future, such as highly effective MRI coils and next-generation optical electronic systems. It is this work that was recognized by the prestigious 2018 Prize. In this interview with ITMO.NEWS, Alexey expounds on the prospects for his research field and his experience of doing fundamental and applied research at the same time.
Researchers from ITMO University developed and tested an MR coil for high-quality imaging of the whole mouse. Such coils are required for preclinical studies of drugs, as well as for targeted examination of various body systems. Due to the design features, the new coil provides three times higher image quality than a commercial volume MR coil, usually used in such studies. The coil is low-cost and the manufacturing technology can be adapted for different studies. It was experimentally studied in collaboration with researchers from the Moscow State University. The research was published in the journal NMR in Biomedicine and sited on the cover of the issue.
Last year, an International Research Consortium, which includes ITMO University’s Center for Nanophotonics and Metamaterials, was awarded a European Horizon 2020 project. The M-Cube project unites scientific groups and companies from seven countries working on new antenna technology for 7T MRI. In the coming two years and a half, scientists plan to create a device which could be used to accelerate MRI. ITMO.NEWS talked to the scientists about the project and the results. Among the scientists who came to ITMO University were Dr. Redha Abdeddaim, an assistant professor at Aix-Marseille University – Institut Fresnel, one of the scientific coordinators of the project, Dr. Marc Dubois, a postdoc at Aix-Marseille University – Institut Fresnel, and Dr. Julien de Rosny, a senior scientist at CNRS – Institut Langevin.