Dr Vittorio Canale from the JU Faculty of Pharmacy, Dr Katarzyna Majzner from the JU Faculty of Chemistry and Dr Grzegorz Zając from the Jagiellonian Centre for Experimental Therapeutics became winners of the PHC Polonium scientific research programme run by the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA). Its goal is to support the mobility of scientists and strengthen the scientific cooperation between Poland and France.
The Polish branch of the programme is implemented by NAWA, while the French part by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MEAE) and the Ministry of Higher Education and Research (MESRI). Based on the recommendation of the Polish-French joint commission, NAWA director decided to finance 20 projects that will be carried out in 2024–2025. The received funding is intended to cover the costs of travel and stays of scientists, excluding financing for the research itself, which must be secured from other sources. The scientific projects qualified for the programme include three projects conducted by scientists from the Jagiellonian University:
- Sustainable mechanochemical synthesis of biased and caged 5-HT6 receptor ligands, supervised by Dr Vittorio Canale (JU MC Department of Organic Chemistry), in collaboration with a team from the Max Mousseron Institute of Biomolecules at the University of Montpellier (Institut des Biomolécules Max Mousseron Université de Montpellier);
- A project by Dr Katarzyna Majzner (JU Department of Chemical Physics) conducted in cooperation with BioSpectroscopie Translationnelle Université Reims Champagne-Ardenne (URCA) entitled Raman imaging of drug-stimulated leukemic cells in terms of assessing their phenotype and biochemical profile;
- A project by Dr Grzegorz Zając (Jagiellonian Centre for Experimental Therapeutics), implemented in cooperation with the Institut lumière matière Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 (UCBL) entitled Circularly polarised luminescence and other chiral-optical methods for detecting changes in proteins.