Molecular imprinting is a relatively new technology, which was developed about 40 years ago by Günter Wulff. During the years, the production of molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs), also called “plastic antibodies”, has evolved and spread all over the world. Thanks to their properties, MIPs have acquired increasing importance in several fields of scientific research, especially in cancer imaging and therapy.
Every two years the MIP meeting gathers the very experts of molecular imprinting from any labs. The 2016 meeting took place from 26-30th June in Lund, Sweden. The conference started with a talk by Prof Güther Wulff, the father of MIPs. During the meeting, Alessandra Cecchini (PHOQUS ESR4) had the chance to have a chat with Prof Günter Wulff, Prof Karsten Haupt, Prof Sergey Piletsky, and Prof Claudio Baggiani and his team, and attended several very interesting talks, including the one by Prof Kenneth Shea, the pioneer of protein molecular imprinting.
The poster session was particularly stimulating; Alessandra presented her work to the very most outstanding experts of MIPs who, like Prof Shea, invited other researchers to have a look at her work. The overall experience was intense, extremely helpful, a remarkable opportunity for being updated about the main progress in MIP applications and beneficial for networking. Additionally, Alessandra met plenty of researchers who complimented her and found her results obtained so far interesting and complete, and last but not least she won the poster award!
Poster: MIPs coupled to quantum dots as tools for the detection of tumour angiogenesis in zebrafish by A. Cecchini, V. Raffa, F. Canfarotta, G. Signore, S. Piletsky, M. MacDonald and Alfred Cuschieri,
The 9th International conference of molecular imprinting MIP2016 (June 26 – 30, 2016 | Lund – Sweden). From the left: Prof Günter Wulff (Heinrich Heine University, Germany), Ms Alessandra Cecchini (ESR4, University of Dundee, UK), Prof Sergey Piletsky (University of Leicester, UK).