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  • Gut Microbiota Can Predict Immunotherapy Response, ITMO Scientists Say

    In their study of correlations between intestinal microbiota and melanoma treatment results, researchers from ITMO University and the Lopukhin Federal Research and Clinical Center of Physical-Chemical Medicine have come across functional biomarkers that can predict immunotherapy efficacy and beneficial bacteria that enhance immune responses in patients through stimulating the development of T-cells. The findings can be potentially used to develop a pre-treatment diagnostic test and issue recommendations for gut microbiome correction. The results of the study were published in mSystems.


  • Student Spotlight: Collins Chimezie, Nigeria

    Meet Collins Chimezie, our international student from Nigeria, who got into ITMO with a scholarship to study molecular biology and biotechnology. He is planning to use the knowledge he gets to develop new treatments and therapeutic agents. Read on to learn what inspired him to apply to ITMO, what his dream project would be, and what he plans to do over his two years in St. Pete. 


  • 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.


  • ITMO Master’s Student on Internship in Israel and a New Cancer Treatment Method

    From May to September 2019, ITMO University Master’s student Antonina Dadadzhanova is doing a research internship at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. Her research is dedicated to the so-called stabilizer molecules, which are capable of destroying cancer cells when exposed to light or ultrasound. In this interview with ITMO.NEWS, the student shares about her internship and the difference between life in Russia and in Israel.


  • White Nights Forum Experts on Combating Pseudoscience in Medicine

    Last weekend, the international oncological forum White Nights took place in St. Petersburg. For the second year in a row, ITMO University’s Science Communication Center has taken part in the event, where, together with the N.N. Petrov National Medical Research Center of Oncology, it organized a session on the reasons why pseudoscientific methods are being used to treat oncological diseases (this year’s session was timed with the launch of a new biomedical specialization in ITMO’s Science Communication Master’s program). The problem was discussed by leading national and international experts in the field of communication, sociology and medicine. 


  • 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. 


  • 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.


  • Cancer Survival Guide: Oncologist Ilya Fomintsev Gives Lecture at ITMO University

    According to the statistics by the Ministry of Healthcare of the Russian Federation, over the last ten years, the number of people diagnosed with cancer has grown by 18%. Every year, cancer is identified in over 500,000 Russian citizens. While the emergence of social media has made information about cancer more accessible, this has yet to have any effect on morbidity rates. This probably has to do with most information about cancer being false. In an open lecture which was conducted as part of Pink October, the breast cancer awareness month, Ilya Fomintsev, oncologist and executive director of the "Ne Naprasno" (“not in vain” -- Ed.) cancer prevention foundation spoke about the risk factors for cancer, screening, and other associated issues.


  • Fight Diseases at the Nanolevel: How ITMO’s New Lab Works on Targeted Drug Delivery

    ITMO’s International Research Center for Magnetically Controlled Nanosystems for Theranostics  of Oncological and Heart Diseases opened recently. Its researchers plan to develop hybrid nanosystems for targeted drug delivery. The center will be headed by Anna Orlova, an associate professor at the Department of Natural Physics and Natural Science and Professor Yury Volkov, chair of Trinity Translational Medicine Institute. The specialists from the Institute of Experimental Medicine at the Federal Almazov North-West Medical Research Centre will also join the research team.


  • Chemists Create Nanoparticles for Safe Imaging of Tumors

    Chemists from Russia and Switzerland created biosafe luminescent nanoparticles for imaging tumors and blood vessels damaged by heart attacks or strokes. The particles are made of hafnium oxide that can be used for intravenous injections, and doped with ions of rare earth metals. Scientists hope that their invention will become an alternative to the toxic quantum dots, and allow getting images of deep tissues without harming the human body. The study was published in Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces journal.