Grant ID RP230443
Awarded On August 16, 2023
Title "Click" Assembled Colloidal Molecules with Tunable Plasmon Bands as Novel Agents for Photothermal Tumor Therapy
Program Academic Research
Award Mechanism TREC: Pilot Study Award
Institution/Organization Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Principal Investigator/Program Director Hongjun Liang
Cancer Sites Breast, Head and Neck, Lymphoma
Contracted Amount $200,000
Lay Summary

If you hold your hand toward the Sun, you will find your fingers are glowing red owing to the preferential penetration of red and near infrared (NIR) light. The totally benign tissue-penetrating NIR light can be absorbed by tumor-homing antennas and converted into heat to kill cancer cells. This new treatment option is called photothermal tumor therapy (PTT). PTT is widely regarded as a promising alternative to chemotherapy that has long been plagued by problems such as the toxic side-effects of the chemotherapy agents and the difficulty to selectively deliver them to the tumor sites. Many antennas including organic dyes, polymers, and inorganic nanoparticles (1 nanometer is one millionth of...

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