A/Prof Andrei Zvyagin has recently received the most prestigious grant award of the Ministry of Science and Education of the Russian Federation entitled “Biocompatible photoluminescent nanocomplexes for Theranostics” worth 90 mln. Russian roubles ( A$ 2.9 M , 2014-2016). This grant establishes a new research centre “Laboratory of Optical Theranostics” at the Nizhny Novgorod State University, Russia. Andrei will lead the new Centre from Macquarie University.
The aims of the research program are the development of approaches for effective diagnosis and treatment of pathologies, including: new-generation multifunctional theranostic agents based on photoluminescent inorganic nanomaterials; cellular and animal models for in vivo testing by the developed agents; instrumental means ensuring ultrahigh-sensitivity detection of the developed agents for optical bioimaging of cells and tissues.
In addition to this prestigious award, Andrei subsequently attracted a second major grant from the Russian Federation co-funded by a high-technology industry partner (45 mln. Russian roubles from the Ministry of Science and Education of the Russian Federation, matched dollar for dollar by the industry partner, to the total of A$ 2.9 M, 2014-2016 ). The grant “Development of the nanotechnology-derived pharmaceutical solution based on the protein toxin and beta-emitter for the concomitant therapy of cancer” addresses new methods of oncotherapy, where photoluminescent nanoparticles play a key role.