VISICORT PI Nicolas Degauque from INSERM in Nantes was an invited speaker at the annual meeting for participants in the Swedish Registry for Corneal Transplant which for many years have served as the registry for all Swedish and Danish patients undergoing corneal transplantation. The meeting took place at Riksgränsen at the very north of Sweden on April 11, 2019. Through Nico’s talk entitled “Innate-like functions of human TEMRA CD8 and their involvement in kidney allograft outcome”, he presented the recent advances in identifying biomarkers for transplant survival learned from kidney transplantations. It is the hope that the extension of these studies can provide biomarkers for corneal transplant survival.
Our PI Prof Thomas Ritter of the National University of Ireland Galway attended the kick-off meeting in Brussels of the COST Action Aniridia-NET: networking to address an unmet medical, scientific, and societal challenge. Aniridia is a devastating ocular disease that requires intensive eye care, social and community support from birth and throughout an individual’s lifetime.
Although a rare disease, aniridia is associated with ocular surface
Two VISICORT PIs, Thomas Ritter and Jesper Hjortdal of Aarhus University Hospital are on the management committee of this project.
Learn more about this COST action CA 18116 here: https://bit.ly/2P6GTU3
Our partners at the Centre for Cell Manufacturing Ireland (CCMI) based at the National University of Ireland Galway have organized a workshop series: “Selection, Validation and Implementation of Rapid Microbiological Methods for ATMPs“. This event will take place in Galway, Ireland on the 12th and 13th of June 2019.
For more information, download the flyer here.
Professor John Armitage, Emeritus Professor of Cryobiology in the Bristol Medical School and former Director of Bristol Tissue Bank, has been awarded an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his services to corneal transplantation.
With a PhD in cardiac cryopreservation, Professor Armitage set up the Bristol Eye Bank with Professor David Easty, then Head of Ophthalmology, and Professor Ben Bradley, former Medical Director of UK Transplant.
Since 1986 the Bristol Eye Bank has been a leader in corneal preservation and supply for transplantation around the UK, growing to become one of the largest of similar initiatives across Europe. Within the UK this transformed corneal transplantation from an out-of-hours emergency procedure to an elective operation that could be planned weeks in advance.
Professor Armitage, now part of the NHS, continues to lead research into corneal transplant outcomes and transplant immunology through the University of Bristol.
Speaking about his award, John commented: ‘I am truly delighted to have my work recognised in this way. The award also reflects the impact of the work by the Bristol Eye Bank and recognises the collective effort of Bristol University staff, ophthalmology colleagues in the Bristol Eye Hospital and collaborating organisations including NHS Blood and Transplant and the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. However, above all, I must acknowledge the thoughtfulness and generosity of the families of eye donors, without whom tissue and organ transplantation would not be possible.’
More details can be found at: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/
- Three new papers attributed to VISICORT!February 3, 2020 - 12:44 pm
- NUI Galway team publishes VISICORT-acknowledged studyJanuary 4, 2020 - 1:47 pm
- VISICORT consortium meets in AmsterdamDecember 6, 2019 - 11:52 am
- Prof Dr Uwe Pleyer, Charité presents VISICORT at IOIS 2019 meeting in TaiwanNovember 20, 2019 - 10:20 am
- New VISICORT-acknowledged publication from NUI GalwayNovember 19, 2019 - 10:27 am
- VISICORT coordinator Prof. Matt Griffin visits leading US medical centre Mayo Clinic to discuss EU-funded mesenchymal stromal cell projectsOctober 29, 2019 - 11:46 am
- VISICORT PIs chair sessions at EVER 2019 in NiceOctober 21, 2019 - 8:40 am
- VISICORT’s Dr Siobhan Gaughan, NUI Galway judges schools’ science initiativeOctober 2, 2019 - 9:07 am
- VISICORT clinical trial listed on Charité’s BeCAT websiteSeptember 30, 2019 - 8:24 am
- VISICORT publication in the Official Journal of the Transplantation SocietySeptember 6, 2019 - 11:34 am
- VISICORT PI Ritter, NUI Galway joins Therapeutics Delivery COST ActionAugust 26, 2019 - 7:06 am
- VISICORT PIs present at Societas Ophthalmologica EuropæaJune 24, 2019 - 8:20 am
- International Clinical Trials Day 2019, GalwayJune 10, 2019 - 10:38 am
- Interview: Lisa Imrie, U of Edinburgh uses the VISICORT BiobankMay 31, 2019 - 7:58 am
- New VISICORT publication from NUI Galway teamMay 21, 2019 - 11:11 am
- Prof Ritter presents at ARVO 2019, CanadaMay 13, 2019 - 9:06 am
- PI Conor Murphy presents VISICORT at Royal Victoria Eye and Ear HospitalMay 1, 2019 - 1:25 pm
- VISICORT presentation in Berlin aims to recruit potential patients to the clinical trialApril 29, 2019 - 8:22 am
- VISICORT PI Nico Degauque, INSERM presents at Swedish Registry for Corneal TransplantApril 26, 2019 - 9:52 am
- Two VISICORT PIs involved in new COST ActionApril 11, 2019 - 2:47 pm
- Partners at CCMI offer training workshopsMarch 26, 2019 - 12:27 pm
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