The jury judged two works to be worthy of the award, both from the field of medicine/pharmaceutical research.
Ladies first: chemist Vera Duganžic (Leibniz Institute for Photonic Technologies, Jena, DE) showed studies for the detection of macrophages in atherosclerotic plaques using modified gold particles. The presence of these immune cells is considered an indication of an approaching dangerous rupture of the plaque that triggers thrombosis.
Thomas Rabl (University of Dundee, UK) showed how he can determine the concentration of antiparasitic drugs in human cells with the help of silver particles. The better the cellular properties of such a therapeutic agent, the stronger it can accumulate in immune cells and the more effective the defence against parasites can be. This method of investigation could prove helpful in the development of new antiparasitic drugs.
Thomas Rabl (left), Vera Duganžic and WITec CEO Joachim Koenen (right)
In the shadow of the world's tallest church, over 100 scientists met in Ulm, Germany at the end of September for the 14th Confocal Raman Imaging Symposium. The lectures thoroughly documented how modern Raman microscopy contributes to gaining new insights into widely varied scientific questions. See the video overview for collected impressions and glimpses of the Raman community in action.