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BRInGing nano-pHoTonics into the brain

Project description

A novel optical approach for studying and treating the brain

Currently, optogenetics is employed to measure neuronal activity and study brain function. However, it requires genetically encoded proteins, limiting its translational applicability. The EU-funded NanoBRIGHT project is developing a novel technology based on the interaction of light with metallic nanostructures which will increase the range of physiological phenomena that can be controlled and monitored by light in vivo. This includes the modulation of the blood–brain barrier's permeability to allow pharmacological targeting of the brain, as well as the possibility to identify tumorigenic tissue without the need of a biopsy. The new approach will advance the treatment of pathological conditions including brain tumours, epilepsy and traumatic brain injuries.

Call for proposal

H2020-FETOPEN-2018-2019-2020-01
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Coordinator

FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA
Address
Via Morego 30
16163 Genova
Italy
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 1 638 167,50

Participants (3)

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 683 125
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 461 780
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Other
FUNDACION SECTOR PUBLICO ESTATAL CENTRO NACIONAL INVESTIGACIONES ONCOLOGICAS CARLOS III
Spain
EU contribution
€ 713 125
Address
C Melchor Fernandez Almagro 3
28029 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations