ERC Starting Grant to fight cancer with chemotherapy and light

15. 3. 2013 | Susan

Leiden University chemist Sylvestre Bonnet is working on a method to fight cancer by combining new anticancer molecules and light irradiation of tumour cells. The new molecules are “phototoxic”: they do not work in the dark, but become very toxic once they are irradiated with light. This method may prevent side effects during chemotherapy. Bonnet has been awarded a European and a Dutch grant for this research, together worth 2.2 million euros. The aim of both grants is to give promising researchers the opportunity to create their own research line.

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