On January 1, 2008 the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) will establish ten new Collaborative Research Centers, which will receive a total of 74.4 million euros in funding over the next four years.
Jeroen Cornelissen of the Institute for Molecules and Materials at the Radboud University in the Netherlands has recently received EUR 1 million (approx. $2.9 million) from EURYI (European Young Investigator Awards).
Pratim Biswas at Washington University has shown that he can independently control the size of the nanoparticles that he makes while keeping their other properties the same. He's also shown with his technique that the nanoparticles can be made in large quantities in scalable systems, opening up the possibility for more applications and different techniques.
If plants need light to perform the photosynthesis essential to their survival, how do they protect themselves against too much light? A joint CEA-CNRS research team at the Saclay Institute of Biology and Technology is currently exploring this question, in collaboration with several other teams at universities in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.
Researchers have developed a method for stabilizing liposomes within a polymer cage. More importantly, the polymer cage is constructed to fall apart and trigger drug release from the liposome when taken into cells.
The first drug-loaded nanoparticle approved to treat cancer is in line for an upgrade. Researchers at Northeastern University have improved the tumor-killing activity of liposomal doxorubicin, known as Doxil.
Cancer cells treated with carbon nanotubes can be destroyed by noninvasive radio waves that heat up the nanotubes while sparing untreated tissue, a research team led by scientists at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Rice University has shown in preclinical experiments.