The Molecular Imaging Center is very experienced in the field of synthesis and physical-chemical characterisation of contrast agents.
Since 1986, research activities have addressed the development of paramagnetic contrast agents for MRI (with projects in High Relaxivity, Blood Pool agents, Targeting and Responsive Probes).
In 1998, a new laboratory was settled at the Bioindustry Park (in close collaboration with biology teams), dedicated to the identification of new targets and vectors (Center of Excellence for Preclinical Imaging - CEIP).
In 2001 the fruitful collaboration between chemists, biologists and medical doctors led to the foundation of the Center for Molecular Imaging (CIM) of the University of Torino, located at the School of Biotechnology.
Since 2009 it hosts a research unit of the Institute of Biostructures and Bioimages (IBB) of the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) in the context of a joined research program.


Prof. Silvio Aime

Silvio Aime is a recognized expert on molecular imaging with NMR (paramagnetic complexes, nanoparticles, CEST agents, targeting and responsive probes, hyperpolarized Para-Hydrogen containing molecules); Founder of the Center of Molecular Imaging of the University of Torino. Awards: World Molecular Imaging Society Gold Medal, Fischer Award for Contrast Media Research, Gold Medal Amedeo Avogadro from the Italian Chemical Society, European Society for Molecular Imaging Award.
Author of more than 800 papers (h-index 93) and 27 patents.

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