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EPSRC Reference: EP/D04877X/1
Title: SONOPTICS: EXPLOITING ULTRASOUND AND LASER SCIENCES FOR GENERIC NON-INVASIVE THERAPIES
Principal Investigator: Dholakia, Professor K
Other Investigators:
Sibbett, Professor W Riches, Professor AC Gunn-Moore, Professor FJ
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Professor CTA Brown
Project Partners:
Department: Physics and Astronomy
Organisation: University of St Andrews
Scheme: Standard Research (Pre-FEC)
Starts: 01 October 2006 Ends: 30 September 2010 Value (£): 1,023,454
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Cells Medical science & disease
Optical Devices & Subsystems
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Electronics
Related Grants:
EP/D048958/1
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The objective of this Basic Technology proposal is to revolutionise the delivery of genes, drugs and therapeutic molecules to single cells and tissue samples. We will use a unique marriage of concepts extracted from ultrasonics and photonics that are intrinsically generic in applicability. This new field will deliver unprecedented accuracy and control for delivery, together with improved efficacy and selectivity, and a much reduced risk of infection. This research will lead to a quantum leap for biologists who are studying the cell's chemical pathways or signals (cellular signal transduction) through to histological/clinical approaches. For example within a population of cells it will be possible to target each cell individually, introducing foreign biological material into any cell. This is central for studies in numerous human diseases. By the use of fibre optic delivery and endoscopes, we envisage that the realisation of this basic technology may allow us to develop a non-invasive surgical technique.
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