29 October 2020

The Russian Ministry of Education and Science has allocated the funds for the University to purchase new lithographs, ultra-high-resolution microscopes as well as other sophisticated installations.

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Ilya Samusayev, Deputy Vice-Rector for Science:

“Modernizing the equipment is important for the development of scientific centers and laboratories of our university, which are working on such promising areas of science as materials science, information technology, health, biotechnology, optics, etc. Lithographs, ultra-high resolution microscopes, and complete installations for interdisciplinary research will bring us closer to solving complex scientific problems. For example, it will help to find out ways to deliver drugs in nano-shells, and also will make it possible to develop new functional materials for power and nanoelectronics, and it’ll provide us with opportunities to conduct research on the level impossible before. The Federal Advanced Infrastructure Development Project will run until the end of 2024. In the five-year perspective, it is planned to allocate 900 million rubles to the equipment modernization”.

The Center of Neurotechnology and Machine Learning plans to use the grant’s funds to purchase up-to-date equipment that will allow for the development of neurorehabilitation technologies for patients with severe movement disorders and will also make possible to develop systems improving the efficiency of motor skills development in healthy people in the coming years.

It is planned to use the transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) method to test neurons in the human brain. And by doing that scientists plan to study how creativity “works”.

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Professor Alexander Kaplan, Head of the Center of Neurotechnology and Machine Learning told us:

“We plan to use the TMS method to study how various drugs, nervous and psychological stress, and pathological phenomena on the human body.  After all, the symptoms of adverse human conditions do not always directly indicate their brain causes. To increase the effectiveness of the method, we also plan to purchase a hardware-software complex that will allow us to direct magnetic stimulation to a specific area of the cortex with high accuracy up to several square millimeters basing on the human brain tomography. Of course, no high-tech neurophysiological study can be done without multichannel electroencephalography and electromyographs, which allow registering the background electrical activity of the brain and muscles. Therefore, the devices will also be part of our new acquisitions”.

One of the areas of "Smart Materials and Biomedical Applications" Science and Research Center is design, development, and research of composite materials. Understanding the surface properties of materials plays an important role in obtaining a material with specified properties, controlled and changing in a given way. That is why this year, within the framework of the project, it is planned to purchase an atomic and magnetic force microscope, which will make it possible to obtain surface images of objects on a nanoscale. Such a microscope will also open new opportunities for complex research of smart materials that find application in a wide range of fields, from sensors to actuators. The equipment will also allow scientists to work in related fields, such as biology and biomedicine. Even today, the team is taking serious scientific steps to study the effects of magnetic nanoparticles on cellular activity, such as cancer.

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Kirill Sobolev, 4th-year post-graduate student, engineer:

“After we purchase the new device we will be able to solve current scientific and interdisciplinary tasks. The advanced equipment will allow physicists and biologists to carry out complex research more efficiently, because it will be possible to get detailed results more quickly and without the help of colleagues from other universities, and, therefore, it will be possible to quickly correct the creation protocol and get the necessary samples”.

The research team plans to obtain additive-technologies-based equipment and a unique scanning electronic microscope making it possible to observe changes in cells in real-time. It is quite possible that our scientists’ research will help us understand how various diseases work and invent new methods of treating them.

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Valeria Rodionova, Head of the “Smart Materials and Biomedical Applications” Scientific Center:

“In a few years, we have built up a large network of scientific collaborations both at home and abroad. The equipment we plan to purchase will fill existing gaps and help us to solve joint tasks with our scientific partners even more effectively”.