Department of Physics, University of Pisa (UNIPI)

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The Università degli Studi di Pisa is an Italian public research university funded in Pisa, Italy, in 1343. Today it features 20 Departments and hosts about 57,000 students. The Department of Physics works in tight collaboration with the INFN (National Institute for Nuclear Physics). In particular, the research is focused on particle physics, astroparticle physics, nuclear physics, theoretical physics, structure of matter and on interdisciplinary research mainly dedicated to biological and biomedical applications.

The medical physics group involved in this project is led by Prof. Alberto del Guerra and comprises of six staff researchers, several post-doc and PhD students.algorithms and acquisition protocols. Besides OnconanoBBB project, Prof. Loudos chairs the COST Action “TD1007: Bimodal PET-MRI molecular imaging technologies and applications for in vivo monitoring of disease and biological processes”. In addition he actively participates in the COST Action “TD1004: Theranostics Imaging and Therapy: An Action To Develop Novel Nanosized Systems For Imaging-Guided Drug Delivery”, as a Working Group Leader for Imaging Protocols. The group has participated in NANOTHER FP7 project, which aimed to develop new nanoparticle systems for diagnosis and therapy. The role of the group has been on labelling nanoparticle systems with Tc-99 and carry out in vivo dynamic studies, to image nanoparticles concentration in the tumor and/or other organs.
The group has four PostDoctoral researchers, 6 PhD students, 5 students that carry out their master and diploma theses and a project manager. The group has access to unique instrumentation including i) a tomographic SPECT system with 1.5mm spatial resolution, ii) a pinhole system with resolution better than 1mm and a dual head PET prototype with resolution ~2.5mm.

The group at UNIPI will coordinate the whole project (WP1) and the development of the PET system (WP3). In WP4 UNIPI will build (with FZJ) the multiple channel RF coil, whereas in WP5 it will contribute to the development of PET reconstruction. In WP6 it will participate in system specification, PET installation in the MR and its characterization. In WP8 UNIPI will collaborate with TEIA for the organization of the various workshops.