In April 2015, the Innovative Training Network “MEDICIS-PROMED” was launched. It involves scientific exchange, joint trainings, and close cooperation of 15 early stage researchers from all over the world, working in various European academic, scientific, medical, and business institutions on the common topic – MEDICIS project. Based on the upcoming CERN-MEDICIS facility for medical radioisotope production, the project also aims for the development and application of innovative radiopharmaceuticals for radionuclide therapy and functional imaging.
The Innovative Training Network were divided into three basic Work Packages – Isotope Separation (WP1), Hadron Therapy (WP2), and Theranostic Radiopharmaceuticals (WP3). The Mainz University, for its world-known competences in the field of Laser Resonance Ionization, were nominated to be the responsible leader for WP1. Under the management of Prof. Klaus Wendt, the Work Package 1 is carrying out in several directions: developing of a new target material with carbon nanofibers and graphene, laser resonance ionization spectroscopy on rare-earth elements, production of theranostics, radioprotection and transportation of products.
The laser resonance ionization spectroscopy on lanthanides is implemented at the Mainz University. For this purpose, the new PhD position, supported by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network Fellowship, were opened. Vadim Gadelshin, 26 years old Russian with Diploma of Ural Federal University in Physics, were hired as the most appropriate candidate for this position, with required skills and background. He is going to investigate various rare-earth elements, and applicability of the Titanium:sapphire laser system to them. Moreover, he will involve in the designing of the CERN-MEDICIS facility during his Secondment – a half-year internship at CERN.
The Innovative Training Network “MEDICIS-PROMED” permits young researchers to take a part in the different complementary courses and trainings. It allows them to accomplish a relevant multidisciplinary coordinated doctoral program at the leading European universities. In the close collaboration with the world renowned scientists, as the Nobel Prize laureate Konstantin Novoselov, they will acquire a unique experience, which will bring their skills and knowledge beyond the frame of their specialization.
The MEDICIS community is open for new members, and offers a number of various events on the nuclear medicine all the year. The project has been supported by the EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network Fellowship of the European Commission's Horizon 2020 Programme under contract number 642889 MEDICIS-PROMED.