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Welcome to NanoBright !

NanoBRIGHT is a research project funded from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 828972 

NanoBRIGHT aims at bringing nanophotonics into the brain, with the long-term vision of developing novel cutting-edge optical approaches to study and treat pathological conditions of the brain without using genetically-encoded proteins.

This vision is targeted by four research institute distribute in Europe, in Italy, Spain and France:

  • The Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (Italy)
  • The Instituto Cajal at Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (Spain)
  • The Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Oncológicas (Spain)
  • The Centre national de la recherche scientifique (France) 


Optogen 2024 in Prague

16 April 2024 | Event
Post docs and PhD students from the Nabright consortium presenting presenting and discussing results at the poster to the 9th International Workshop on Technologies for Optogenetics and Neurophotonics - OPTOGEN 2024 -in Prague, Czech Republic

Spie Photonics Europe 2024

7 April 2024 | Event
Linda Piscopo, Liam Collard and Mohammadrahim Kazemzadeh presenting some of the nanobright results a Spie Photonics Europe 2024 in Strasburg

Presentation to High School in Gallipoli

30 January 2024 | Event
Project coordinator presented the perspectivives of Neurophotonics and Nanobright project to "Q. Ennio" High School in Gallipoli (Lecce), Italy, in the framework of a dissemation seminar series "Salute and Benessere" (Health and well-being)

Biomedical European Researchers Night

29 September 2023 | Event
Project coordinator presenting the approach and results of the Nanobright Project at the Biomedical Researcher Night, in an event targeting medical doctors interested in neurosurgery and novel methods to study brain tumors

Research Selected for journal Cover!

11 September 2023 | Papers
Our work selected for the September Issue Cover of Cancer Cell!

New Paper Out!

30 August 2023| Papers
Our work "Machine learning identifies experimentalbrain metastasis subtypesbased on their influence on neural circuits" Published on Cancer Cell!

Research Selected for journal Frontispiece!

16 March 2023 | Papers
Our Advacned Materials work on SERS detection of neurotransmitters featured on the frontispiece of the journal

New Paper Out!

07 December 2022 | Papers
Our work on "Toward Plasmonic Neural Probes: SERS Detection of Neurotransmitters through Gold-Nanoislands-Decorated Tapered Optical Fibers with Sub-10 nm Gaps" just published in Advanced Materials!

Research Selected for journal Frontispiece!

9 June 2022 | Papers
Our work on Holographic Manipulation of Nanostructured Fiber Optics selected for a frontispice in Small!

New Paper Out!

4 May 2022 | Papers
Our work titled "Holographic Manipulation of Nanostructured Fiber Optics Enables Spatially-Resolved, Reconfigurable Optical Control of Plasmonic Local Field Enhancement and SERS" just published in Small!

Research Selected for journal Cover!

18 January 2022 | Papers
Our work selected for the January 2022 Issue Cover of Advanced Optical Materials!

New Paper Out!

06 December 2021 | Papers
Our work titled "Plasmonics on a Neural Implant: Engineering Light–Matter Interactions on the Nonplanar Surface of Tapered Optical Fibers" just published in Advanced Optical Materials!

Nanobright @ SHARPER

30/09/2022 | Event

Also in 2022 the Nanobright team participated to the European Researchers’ Night, in particular to the ERN-Apulia project, promoted by Apulia's state universities and leading public research organisations, including IIT. Researchers from the Center for Biomolecular Nanotechnologies in Lecce presented, the Monastero degli Olivetani, new nanoscopic technologies for studying the brain.

Nanobright @ "Science is ready!"

17/02/2022 | Event

On the 17th February, 2022 Massimo De Vittorio and Ferruccio Pisaniello participated to Science is ready!, a digital festival that the IIT organized to present the collaborative projects funded by European Union in the framework of Horizon 2020 program. The festival is streamed live on IIT LinkedIn page (62,021 followers) during lunch time. Recording is still available here.

Comparative study of autofluorescence in flat and tapered optical fibers towards application in depth-resolved fluorescence lifetime photometry in brain tissue

26/01/2021 | Paper

New paper from Nanobright team on Biomedical Optics Express!
By Marco Bianco, Antonio Balena, Marco Pisanello, Filippo Pisano, Leonardo Sileo, Barbara Spagnolo, Cinzia Montinaro, Bernardo L. Sabatini, Massimo De Vittorio, and Ferruccio Pisanello

Numerical calculation of the light propagation in tapered optical fibers for optical neural interfaces

9/02/2021 | Preprint

New preprint from Nanobright team!

Wavefront engineering for controlled structuring of far-field intensity and phase patterns from multimodal optical fibers

2/09/2020 | Preprint

New preprint from Nanobright team!

IIT Talk features Nanobright

13/11/2019 | Italian Video interview

NanoBright, il cervello si cura con la luce. By 
Valeria delle Cave

EIC Pathfinder: From breakthrough technologies to disruptive innovations

10/06/2019 | Event


19 June 2019, Bucharest, Romania

Venue: Politechnica University of Bucharest

Nanobright Kickoff meeting

06/10/2020 | Meeting

NanoBright's Kickoff meeting will be held at the Center for Biomolecular Nanotechnologies of the Italian Institute of Technology, on June 11th-12th 2019. Experts from the consortium will meet to coordinate on the start of the project and on the scientific activity.