Pranali Sanghvi, a student at the Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI) at NUI Galway presented her work entitled, ‘Investigating the effects of different MSC therapies on immune cell infiltrates in allogeneic corneal transplants’ at the Regenerative Medicine Research Symposium held in the Biosciences Building at NUI Galway on 18 August 2017. Pranali’s project was supervised by VISICORT PI Prof Thomas Ritter, Dr Paul Lohan and NUI Galway PhD student Nick Murphy. This summer research project was part of the MSc. Regenerative Medicine, a 12-month taught course coordinated by Dr Linda Howard.
Dr Paul Lohan remarked: “Pranali worked for three months this summer to profile the localised immune response in pre-clinical transplant recipients treated with immunomodulatory stromal stem cells (iSSC). Pranali’s work in the lab contributed to the progress of the VISICORT project and she was a valuable addition to the research team”.
VISICORT Coordinator Prof. Griffin commented: “It has been a pleasure to have Pranali as part of our VISICORT team for the last 3 months. The Regenerative Medicine Masters programme at NUI Galway brings another dimension to our basic and translational research efforts at REMEDI. Each year we are fortunate to have outstanding students with diverse undergraduate backgrounds in science, medicine and engineering gain their first extensive research experiences with mentoring from REMEDI PhD students and post-doctoral researchers. For multi-disciplinary projects such as VISICORT, the participation of skilled and highly motivated Master’s students such as Pranali allows us to extend the overall scope of laboratory research related to key questions such as MSC mechanism of action.
Dr Howard thanked Prof Ritter and his research group for hosting and training Pranali during this project. The experience of working in an active research environment is invaluable for early stage researchers as they make decisions about their future career goals. Training the next generation of scientists is a important role for researchers and one that VISICORT scientists have clearly taken to heart. For more information on the course, click here.