TheraGlio - developing theranostics for gliomas.

University of Rome Tor Vergata

The University of Rome Tor Vergata (UNIROME2) is the second Higher Education Institution of Rome in terms of number of students (about 50,000) and number of staff people. It includes all main disciplines in Sciences and Humanities. UNIROME2 campus hosts both university research infrastructures and scientific facilities of the National Research Council (CNR) and National Institute of Nuclear Physics. Out of the three Government University campuses of Rome, UNIROME2 has been awarded with 72 EU grants within the framework 7. These conditions are ideal for an effective exchange and build-up of expertise between researchers with different backgrounds. The Department of Chemical Science and Technologies hosts groups active in all branches of Chemistry, providing undergraduate, graduate and PhD programs in Chemistry and in Applied Chemistry.

Main tasks attributed to the organisation: the UNIROME2 group will contribute in the TheraGlio activities on the synthesis and structural characterization of lipid and polymer based microbubbles. This activity will be carried out in a well-established polymer chemistry laboratory, equipped with confocal microscopy, differential and isothermal microcalorimetry, static and dynamic light scattering photometers. A separate unit of the group will contribute to the study of the mechanical properties of the microbubble shells.