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Smart Nano-objects for Alteration of Lipid-bilayers

Objective

SNAL is a multidisciplinary programme specially designed to provide scientific and transferable skill training and career development for early stage researchers and experienced researchers in membrane research. Working in a multidisciplinary network will give the researchers a broad perspective on their research field as well as the basic ability of pursuing a research project from basic sciences to industrial applications. The broad aim is to train a new cohort of researchers with systemic thinking equipped with generic skills in combining experimental studies and computer simulations to prepare them for fruitful careers in academia and industry. One challenge for the project is the design and synthesis of novel biomaterials able to modify membrane properties. This requires deep understanding of the interactions of lipid membranes with nano-objects including functional biomimetic polymers, polymeric micelles, carbon nanotubes and polymer therapeutic complexes/conjugates to enable the intelligent design of novel materials with improved bilayer modifying properties. To achieve this goal we have assembled a highly interdisciplinary team of leading groups all having synergies in their established research interests in the field of lipid bilayer – nano-objects interactions. The project combines computer simulations, chemical synthesis, clinical and industrial expertise, physical and biological experiments. The industry involvement in the project is very high with full participation of Unilever and Biopharma, the companies from different sectors. Complementarity of partner skills provides a logical basis for a collective training programme. The full cycle of the design process, from theoretical models to synthesis and experimental and clinical validation, is of particular importance for training of ESRs and their future career development.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/polymer science
  • /engineering and technology/industrial biotechnology/biomaterials

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2013-ITN
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITAT ROVIRA I VIRGILI
Address
Carrer De Escorxador
43003 Tarragona
Spain
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 849 407,24
Administrative Contact
Oscar Vidal (Dr.)

Participants (8)

LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUR POLYMERFORSCHUNG DRESDEN EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 445 787,76
Address
Hohe Strasse 6
01069 Dresden
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Sandra Martinka (Mrs.)
IMPERIAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY AND MEDICINE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 571 763,28
Address
South Kensington Campus Exhibition Road
SW7 2AZ London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Shaun Power (Mr.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 513 547,32
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Gaëlle Bujan (Mrs.)
THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARSOF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 285 056,64
Address
Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nigel Slater (Prof.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 285 056,64
Address
Oxford Road
M13 9PL Manchester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Liz Fay (Ms.)
JOHANN WOLFGANG GOETHE-UNIVERSITATFRANKFURT AM MAIN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 444 137,76
Address
Theodor W Adorno Platz 1
60323 Frankfurt Am Main
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kseniya Polozheyeva (Ms.)
BIOPHARMA TECHNOLOGY LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 125 326,08
Address
Winnall Valley Road 9
SO23 0LD Winchester
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andrew Cowen (Mr.)
UNILEVER U.K. CENTRAL RESOURCES LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 125 326,08
Address
Unilever House, Victoria Embankment 100
EC4Y 0DY London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Linda Edwards (Ms.)