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Professor Harris and PhD Student Receive Project Funding From GAP-360

January 2, 2019

University Distinguished Professor and William Lincoln Smith Chair Professor Vincent Harris and his PhD Student, Parisa Andalib, will head a recently funded project by GAP-360. This project will receive 50k as part of the first phase. 


Abstract:

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is an important medical tool for early diagnosis of disease. However, the efficacy for detection has recently been significantly compromised because the use of Gadolinium-based contrast agents has been significantly restricted. These contrast agents have exhibited extreme toxicity for many patients. 

The NEU research Team has proposed a direct replacement solution, in the form of uniquely engineered nontoxic superparamagnetic nanoparticles as contrast agents. This innovation has recently been chosen as a GAP-360 Award winner for 2019. Funds from the award will be used to help spin out a new woman-owned small business. The business mentor for the spin-out, and co-inventor of the technology, John Scudiere, was a key player in the development of early MRI technologies.