ADIPOA2 is presented at the START competition in May 2017, Galway

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Dr Siobhán Gaughan, NUI Galway Programmme Manager of ADIPOA-2, VISICORT and AUTOSTEM was on hand at the awards ceremony for a schools’ competition called “START” whose aim was to encourage school students to come up with interesting questions and to design and run trials to answer them in a scientific way.

“It is one of the only initiatives out there that is teaching children about randomised trials,” says Dr Sandra Galvin, who co-ordinates the Health Research Board Trials Methodology Research Network, which runs the START initiative. “We need more people to participate in trials to improve healthcare, so there is that big important picture here, and it comes down to kids having fun and they take the message home.” For more information about taking part, see hrb-tmrn.ie/start-competition.

Siobhán created and managed a presentation area for the three projects, spoke to the school groups and visitors who were interested in the planned clinical trials for ADIPOA-2 and VISICORT taking place at NUI Galway’s Clinical Research Facility. A sister project, AUTOSTEM was also represented. This project is looking ahead of the clinical trials in order to meet the needs of the clinics in the future by developing automated cell factories to produce the vast quantities of cells which will be required should the clinical trials prove successful.

ADIPOA-2 will present at EU-MSC2 meeting in Leiden in September

Hosted by Leiden University Medical Center, the EU MSC2 2017 meeting in Leiden, NL on September 12th and 13th will assemble twelve EU-funded, mesenchymal stromal cell-focussed consortia. Projects to be presented include: REDDSTARREACH, NephstromSCIENCEVISICORT and Adipoa-2AUTOSTEMBOOSTB4, SEPCELL, RESSTORE,  RETHRIM, Stellar, MERLIN, and RESPINE. This two day, interactive meeting will be held at the Stadsgehoorzaal Leiden. Three overarching aspects of the EU-MSC2 meeting include: mechanisms of action and potency assays; an interactive panel discussion on product development, and product development and market authorisation in a changing regulatory landscape.

The objectives of the meeting are to:

  • Enhance knowledge-sharing between EU research groups working in the mesenchymal stromal cell biology domain
  • Engage with European Commission Project Officers and other stakeholders from International Society of Cellular Therapy, stem cell ethicists and the European Medicines Agency (EMA)
  • Assemble trans-disciplinary research groups working across the global health spectrum but with a common focus of mesenchymal stromal cell biology
  • Bring up-and-coming researchers together for networking purposes, and to explore future consortium building and international funding application opportunities

Expected impacts and outcomes:

  • Provide opportunities to develop new mesenchymal stromal cell networks
  • Disseminate the findings and challenges between MSC-focussed consortia
  • Improve the communication potential of research, outcomes and the value of the research
  • Explore potential for new commercial technologies
  • Collectively enhance the quality and impact of planned clinical trials

These EU-funded projects are:

  • Improving the quality of life for European citizens
  • Progressing the clinical translation of MSC research and developments

For more information, please visit EU MSC2 2017.
Register via Eventbrite by August 14 2017.
Read the EU-MSC2 2015 meeting report here.

ADIPOA2 Trial commences in Germany

ADIPOA2 partners Evangelisches Waldkrankenhaus Spandau today announced the enrollment of the first patients in the German arm of the ADIPOA2 trial.

ADIPOA2 announces the start of Italian trial

The ADIPOA2 has successfully secured regulatory approval for the Italian part of its clinical trial. Click here and here to see some of the coverage of this exciting news in the Italian media.

 

ADIPOA2 Trial Commences in Italy

ADIPOA2’s Italian partners, Instituto Ortopedico Rizzoli de Bologna, announce the launch of the Italian arm of the ADIPOA2 trial.

Click here for a copy of IOR’s press release.

ADIPOA2 researchers highlight the project at ICRS World Congress

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ADIPOA2 researchers Prof. Frank Barry and Dr Mary Murphy (NUIG) attended the 13th World Congress of the International Cartilage Repair Society in Sorrento, Italy, on 24th – 27th September. The work of the ADIPOA2 project was highlighted during the conference sessions.

ADIPOA2 discussed at A FACTT meeting

screen-shot-2016-10-06-at-19-33-02 ADIPOA2 was one of a number of projects discussed at the A FACTT meeting in Galway this week. A FACTT is an Action to Focus and Accelerate Cell-based Tolerance-Inducing Therapies, funded through the COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) Programme. The meeting is being hosted by NUIG and runs from 5-7 October.

ADIPOA2 at the CRFG Open House

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ADIPOA2 plenary in Bologna

The ADIPOA2 team met in Bologna on June 20-21, hosted by the Istituto Ortopedico Rizzoli. The team shared updates on all aspects of the project, including regulatory engagement, planning for the clinical trial, research on the mechanism of action of ASCs, and the dissemination and exploitation of the project’s results.

The picture below shows the ADIPOA2 team outside the IOR.

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STEM CELL REVOLUTIONS documentary screening, NUI Galway

Featuring beautiful hand-drawn animations and interviews with leading stem cell scientists, STEM CELL REVOLUTIONS charts the history and scientific evolution of stem cell research – from the earliest experiments that first revealed stem cells in the body, to leading current scientific and clinical developments. Watch the trailer here

Question & answer session to follow led by Profs Tim O’ Brien and Matt Griffin

WHEN
WHERE
Clinical Science Institute (CSI) Lecture Theatre – Costelloe Road NUI Galway, H91 YR71 Galway – View Map

For more details and to book tickets click here.