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TERG hosts Gene2Skin Workshop

TERG hosts Gene2Skin Workshop
TERG hosts Gene2Skin Workshop

10 April 2017

The TERG recently hosted a gene2skin consortium update meeting and workshop in RCSI, April 10-11.

The workshop was focused on gene-activated scaffolds for Tissue Engineering with a particular focus on the potential for these systems to be applied to skin regeneration and wound healing. Representatives of all 3 partner organisations - TERG RCSI, Centre for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine at King's College London and 3B's Research Group at the University of Minho - were in attendance.

UMINHO attended Wound Healing Society Meeting in San Diego

UMINHO attended Wound Healing Society Meeting in San Diego
UMINHO attended Wound Healing Society Meeting in San Diego

Dr. Alexandra Marques and Dr. Mariana Cerqueira (UMINHO) attended the WHS in San Diego in April 2017. It was a back-to-back conference with Symposium on Advanced Wound Care (SAWC). It was the largest annual gathering of researchers, scientists and clinicians interested in wound healing and tissue repair in the United States.  More than 2,000 physicians, podiatrists, nurses, therapists, and researchers attended the 2017 SAWC/WHS meeting, enabling the networking with several people in the field.        

Dr. Mariana Cerqueira was awarded a Trainee Travel Award and presented a work focused on the crosstalk between human adipose stem cells and keratinocytes.

Alexandra P. Marques awarded an ERC consolidator Grant.

ERC Alexandra Marques
ERC Alexandra Marques

With the project ECM_INK: Cells-self Extracellular Matrices-based Bioinks to create accurate 3D diseased skin tissue models”, Alexandra P. Marques was awarded an ERC consolidator grant. The project aims at producing 3D skin models that precisely recreate the structure and complex organization of that tissue, including its vascular component, and that exhibit the pathophysiology of some associated diseases. “It is an unique opportunity to develop a method capable of creating 3D models of human tissues with improved functionality and, therefore, more reliable, allowing the generation of more knowledge regarding incurable diseases with high mortality rates, such as skin cancer, contributing for the discovery of innovative therapies”, says the researcher. ECM_INK draws from the fields of cell biology, material science and biomedical engineering to overcome the limitations of currently available clinical solutions for skin diseases.

RCSI Staff Member to present at HPRA Innovation Day

RCSI Staff Member to present at HPRA Innovation Day
RCSI Staff Member to present at HPRA Innovation Day

Fergal O’Brien, a former member of the Irish Medicines Board (IMB – now known as the HPRA) Advisory Committee on Medical Devices, is scheduled to give an invited keynote entitled ‘Translating Research into a Commercial Product – an innovator’s journey’, at the HPRA (Health Products Regulatory Authority) Innovation Day in UCD, Dublin on May 25th 2017.

UMINHO Staff member to present at EWMA 2017

UMINHO Staff member to present at EWMA 2017
UMINHO Staff member to present at EWMA 2017

UMINHO staff member Alexandra Marques invited to present at the European Wound Management Association conference to be held in Amsterdam. EWMA documents and guidelines are usually followed as a guide for regulatory agencies to define policies.

Mariana Cerqueira awarded a travel Award in the Wound Healing Society Annual Meeting 2017 in San Diego

Mariana Cerqueira was awarded a Trainee travel Award in the Wound Healing Society (WHS) Annual Meeting 2017 in San Diego
Mariana Cerqueira was awarded a Trainee travel Award in the Wound Healing Society (WHS) Annual Meeting 2017 in San Diego

Mariana Cerqueira was selected by the WHS Program Chairs and the WHS Awards Committee to be awarded a Trainee travel Award sponsored by Wiley in the Wound Healing Society Annual Meeting 2017 in San Diego. Trainee Travel Award is to recognize and reward the top trainees in the field of wound healing research by facilitating their attendance at the WHS Annual Meeting.

M-ERA-NET application approved

M-ERA-NET application approved
M-ERA-NET application approved

A M-ERA-NET project was awarded to a consortium including Gene2skin members RCSI and UMINHO together with the company IZERTIS. The project will focus on devising a bioprinting strategy to improve skin healing by targeting the wound biomechanic and associated signalling pathways.

UMINHO staff member participation at Jornadas de Biologia Aplicada 2016

UMINHO staff member participation at Jornadas de Biologia Aplicada 2016
UMINHO staff member participation at Jornadas de Biologia Aplicada 2016

UMINHO staff member Alexandra P. Marques was invited to speak at Jornadas de Biologia Aplicada 2016, a series of talks organized by final year students of the Applied Biology course of the University of Minho. The talk was about the work being done by UMINHO in the field of skin regeneration and the obstacles facing young researchers in the scientific career.

Epidermolysis Bullosa and DEBRA Portugal

Epidermolysis Bullosa and DEBRA Portugal
Epidermolysis Bullosa and DEBRA Portugal

One of the most devastating skin diseases, epidermolysis bullosa, is a genetic disease without cure and with too many variants yet to be fully understood. In Portugal there are around 84 registered cases, and 63% of patients have been diagnosed with a moderate to severe type.  Considering that Gene2skin aims to fulfil the gap that UMINHO has regarding systems to perform genetic engineering and/or gene therapy and improve the knowledge on cellular and molecular mechanisms associated to skin diseases, UMINHO have contact Portuguese branch of DEBRA, an international Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) patient support group in order to understand how skin regeneration strategies can help patients suffering from the disease.