VISICORT partners involved in exciting new stem cell project

VISICORT partners NUI Galway, Orbsen, and Pintail are involved in NEPHSTROM, a new European project, which was launched last week. NEPHSTROM involves eleven partners from Ireland, the UK, Germany, and the Netherlands, and has received €6 million funding under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 funding programme. NEPHSTROM will evaluate the clinical safety and efficacy of a next-generation cell therapy discovered by Galway-based Orbsen Therapeutics, to combat diabetic kidney disease. Find out more about the project at

EU MSC2 2015: Contributing to MSC Knowledge-Sharing, Research & Development

Our sister project REDDSTAR and Leiden University Medical Center are co-organizing EU MSC2 2015, a meeting in Leiden, NL on September 7th and 8th to bring together nine EU-funded, mesenchymal stromal cell-focussed consortia. Projects include: REDDSTAR, REACH, RETHRIM, Stellar, MERLIN, Nephstrom, SCIENCE, VISICORT and Adipoa-2. This two day, interactive meeting will be held at the Stadsgehoorzaal Leiden.

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 projects are:

  • Boosting human capital: 20-30 positions created
  • Improving the quality of life for European citizens
  • Progressing the clinical translation of MSC research and developments


For more information, please visit EU MSC2 2015 and register via Eventbrite.

For queries:

Danielle Nicholson, Orbsen Therapeutics, NUI Galway and Brigitte Wieles, Project Manager LUMC

VISICORT meets in Berlin

The VISICORT project marked the end of the first year of its work with a plenary meeting  at the Charité Campus Virchow Klinikum in Berlin on Friday, May 29. Following an overview of the management of the project, scientists involved in the project’s preclinical workpackages reported on the research carried out in the six months since the last plenary. The meeting also heard updates on recruitment for VISICORT’s clinical trial, and the development of the sample tracking system that will allow researchers to manage the movement of thousands of samples between clinical sites, storage facilities, and research laboratories. An afternoon breakout session, held in Charité’s Eye Clinic Laboratory, provided training in sampling protocols for the clinical researchers involved in the project. The meeting concluded with a discussion on dissemination and exploitation of the project’s results.

Biostor ships VISICORT sampling kits

In a major step forward for the project, the first VISICORT sampling kits were shipped to clinical centres in Dublin and Aarhus this week from partner Biostor. Managing, sourcing and assembling the final sampling kits has involved  a huge effort from Niall, Peadar and all the team at Biostor.

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ReelLIFE SCIENCE Winners Announced

The winners of the schools science video competition, ReelLIFE SCIENCE were announced this week as part of Science Week 2014. The primary school category winners are Sooey National School, Co. Sligo, with Julien Torrades from Summerhill College, Sligo taking first place at secondary school level.

One video in the “Vision” category (which was sponsored by VISICORT) entitled “How We See the World”, made it to the final shortlist.  The budding filmmakers from St. Andrew’s College in Blackrock, Co. Dublin will be treated to lunch and a tour of the Biostor facility in Wexford.

You can read all about the winners and view the videos here.  

First VISICORT Plenary Meeting

The first plenary meeting of the VISICORT consortium took place last week on October 27th. The meeting took place on the campus of NUI Galway, and each of the consortium partners was represented at the event. Thanks to the huge efforts of everyone involved, work is progressing very well and we are on target to deliver a project which will deliver significant impact for the field. A big thank you to all who took part in a very successful event, and we look forward to meeting again in Berlin in April 2015.


Des renomierten Augenspiegels wird über das im Rahmen des siebten Förderprogramms der Europäischen Gemeinschaft (FP7) bewilligte Forschungsprojekt VISICORT berichtet

In der Oktoberausgabe des renomierten Augenspiegels wird über das im Rahmen des siebten Förderprogramms der Europäischen Gemeinschaft (FP7) bewilligte Forschungsprojekt VISICORT berichtet. Die immun-vermittelte Abstossung von allogenen (nicht-verwandten) Organen ist nach wie vor ein grosses Problem in der Transplantationsmedizin, welches auch durch die Verabreichung von immunsuppressiven Medikamenten nicht nachhaltig verhindert werden kann. Read more

Stem cell research to fight cornea transplant rejection featured on RTÉ


New research from NUI Galway is using adult stem cells in the fight against cornea transplant rejection. The research has been published in the American Journal of Transplantation, and underpins a pan-European project which hopes to help the 100,000 people worldwide who undergo cornea transplant procedures each year.

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VISICORT lends support to ReelLife Science, a new science video project for students

VISICORT will be taking part in ReelLife Science,  an exciting new science video competition for primary and secondary schools. The competition is the first of its kind in Ireland, and VISICORT will be sharing its expertise on the theme of “Vision”.

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VISICORT abstract accepted for oral presentation at ESBB’s 2014 Annual Conference, Leipzig

VISICORT have had an abstract accepted for oral presentation at ESBB’s 2014 Annual Conference. The ESBB conference will take place in Leipzig, Germany from Tuesday 21st to Friday 24th October.

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