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.
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.
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.
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
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.
VISICORT recently featured in the NUI Galway Magazine ‘Research Matters’ in an article titled ‘VISICORT – NUI Galway to Lead New 6 Million EU Project Tackling Corneal Transplanatation Failure.’
Welcome to the VISICORT Project. We are very excited to be launching the project in April 2014.
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