The University of Turin (UT) is one of the most ancient and prestigious Italian Universities. Hosting over 74.000 students and with 120 buildings in different areas in Turin and in key places in Piedmont, the University of Turin can be considered as “city-within-a-city”, promoting culture and producing research, innovation, training and employment. UT is today one of the largest Italian Universities, open to international research and training. The Center for Molecular Imaging (CIM) of UT, which will be directly involved in this project, is coordinated by prof, S. Aime. CIM was founded by chemists, biologists physicians in 2001 with the aim of developing new diagnostic procedures based on the visualization of molecules or molecular events biomarkers for an earlier detection of the disease.
Simonetta Geninatti Crich
She is the person in charge of the proposal for UNITO. She is responsible of the development of activable prodrugs (proradicals) loaded into Liposomes and other nanoparticles (i.e. polylactic and glycolic acid-based NP, hydrogels) responsive to specific enzymatic activity. She is WP5 leader.
Prof. Silvio Aime
As leader of the Molecular Imaging Center of UNITO he will coordinate the activity that will be perfomed in the center.
His main research activities deal with the development of Imaging Probes for MR-Molecular Imaging applications (paramagnetic complexes, nanoparticles, CEST agents, targeting and responsive probes, hyperpolarized Para-Hydrogen containing molecules). In the last decade his research interests have included the design and testing of imaging probes for other imaging modalities (nuclear, optical and photoacoustic imaging). Recent awards: 2013: World Molecular Imaging Society Gold Medal Award; 2013: Fischer Award for Contrast Media Research; 2014: Gold Medal “Amedeo Avogadro” from the Italian Chemical Society; 2016: Member of the Accademia dei Lincei..
Diego Alberti PhD
He is working on EPR silent liposomes responsive to specific enzymatic activity for the project.
Dr. Sabrina Elkhanoufi
PhD student working for the project