Research Grants

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Current research grants

medres actively participates in research. Since 2004, we have been project partners in EU-funded projects, which allow us to conduct financially independent research.

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PIANO

„PIANO“ = Nanoparticle-based imaging and therapy of chronic pain in the dorsal root ganglia

The PIANO Network aims to develop tools to identify and visualise mechanisms of nociception in the dorsal root ganglia (DRG), outside the central nervous system (CNS). The DRG contain the cell bodies of specialised neurones that detect harmful stimuli in the periphery of the body and transmit noxious signalling to the spinal cord in the CNS.

We propose that local and targeted interventions at the level of the DRG will provide an opportunity to circumvent CNS-related side effects and optimise analgesic therapy. In models of neuropathic pain, we aim to identify the DRG involved in noxious signalling by visualising cells or molecules in the DRG which are directly or indirectly associated with the transmission of pain.

The goals of PIANO are:
– To devise a state-of-the art approach for the visualisation of neuropathic pain/inflammation mechanisms in the DRG, and
– to deliver analgesic molecules with the aid of nanoparticles.

Further information may be accessed on the PIANO website.
Check out the jobs offered there!

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NOVA-MRI

„NOVA-MRI“ = Novel Applications in 19F Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) harnesses the body’s natural magnetic properties to produce detailed images of organs and tissues. Although originally intended to be used without contrast agents, research showed that such agents enhance sensitivity and/or selectivity, improving the accuracy of diagnoses in many conditions. There are now many different contrast agents available, largely based on which tissues or structures are of interest. However, increasing evidence suggests some of these may accumulate in tissues with repeated use and a need exists for alternative solutions. NOVA-MRI is harnessing the power of smart nanoparticles and their functionalisation. It could pave the way to novel contrast agents that can carry therapeutics to a target site and facilitate controlled release and treatment.

Further information may be accessed on the NOVA-MRI website.
Check out the vacant PhD candidate position (Segmentation Algorithms for 19F MRI), which is offered at medres!

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CANCER

„CANCER“ = Immunotherapy Approaches To Improving Cancer Outcome and Quality of Life (QOL)

During this RISE project we aim to develop nanoparticle-based encapsulated libraries of different immunotherapeutic biomolecules for treatment after surgery as part of a novel cancer management strategy.

Further information may be accessed on the CANCER website.

Completed research grants

For more informations about the closed grants, please visit the website of the Publications Office of the European Union, as given below each project.

EMIL

„EMIL“ = European Molecular Imaging Laboratories

The objective of EMIL is the creation of a Network of Excellence of European Molecular Imaging Laboratories for early stage diagnosis as well as therapeutic and prognosis assessment of cancer.

Further information may be accessed on the CORDIS website.

DiMI

„DiMI“ = Diagnostic Molecular Imaging

The goal of DiMI is the creation of a network of excellence to integrate multidisciplinary research for the development of new probes and multimodal non-invasive imaging technology for early diagnosis, assessment of disease progression and treatment evaluation.

Further information may be accessed on the CORDIS website.

ENCITE

„ENCITE“ = European Network for Cell Imaging and Tracking Expertise

Cell therapy is a promising approach to personalised medicine with the potential to cure chronic diseases. Recognising this, a European study focused on devising non-invasive imaging tools and techniques for monitoring cell transplantation and assessing the therapeutic outcome of cell therapy.

Further information may be accessed on the CORDIS website.

BRAINPATH

„BRAINPATH“ = Molecular Imaging of Brain Pathophysiology

This project has two technology themes and five areas of brain imaging (Alzheimer’s Disease and inflammation, stroke, migraine, glioblastoma, trauma,) that were focussed on over 4 years since 2013.

Further information may be accessed on the CORDIS website.

ISPIC

„ISPIC“ = Image-Guided Surgery (IGS) and Personalised Postoperative Immunotherapy To Improving Cancer Outcomee

The aim of this project was to develop nanoparticle-based encapsulated libraries of different immunotherapeutic biomolecules for treatment after surgery as part of a novel cancer management strategy.

Further information may be accessed on the CORDIS website.