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TECAS-ITN in the Horizon

 

The work of the TECAS-ITN is featured in the HORIZON, the EU Research & Innovation Magazine.

The article explains how the techniques under development could be used to grow living replacement valves from cells.

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Best Poster Presentation Award - ESR 6

ESR6 Fellow Ms Sofia Andriopoulou has been awarded with the "Best Poster Presentation" award during the 27th European Conference on Biomaterials ESB2015 that took place in  Krakow, Poland from 30th August to 3rd September 2015. Ms Andriopoulou represented the TECAS-ITN by showing results on the Development & Characterisation of a Decellularised Porcine Mitral Valve Scaffold.

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TECAS-ITN @ IdeenExpo 2015

The TECAS-ITN participated in the IdeenExpo 2015, which took place in the Hannover Exhibition Center between the 4th and 12th of July.  TECAS-ITN participated with a stand featuring an interactive pulsatile flow bioreactor, suitable for growing blood vessels in the laboratory. The TECAS-ITN also contributed with a keynote lecture entitled “Growing Tissues in the Lab - Fact or Fiction?”.


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EVENTS

2nd TECAS-ITN Annual Work-in-Progress Meeting

Aachen, December 1-4, 2015

The TECAS-ITN European Doctoral Academy in Regenerative Engineering, is organising its 2nd Annual Work-in-Progress Meeting (WiP) in the University of Aachen (RWTH Aachen), Germany.

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TECAS-ITN Doctoral Academy in Regenerative Engineering integrates the major European contributors in the field of cardiovascular tissue engineering (TE) and regenerative medicine (RM), in order to generate a coherent framework of expertise which facilitates the training and career development of early stage researchers (ESRs) in the field. In particular, this ITN focuses on the clinical needs of cardiac valve replacement/repair, myocardium reconstruction and patch graft angioplasty of the great blood vessels, with a view to developing the underpinning expertise and technology that will be required to manufacture functional TE cardiovascular implants for clinical use in the near future. TECAS ITN supports and transfers novel crossdisciplinary and intersectorial training to junior researchers, which is critical to the long-term sustainability of the cardiovascular implant research and industry in Europe, enhancing its competitiveness against the North American sector. The ITN consolidates the extensive multidisciplinary experience in training and research of its academic, clinical and industrial Partners to train the new generation of competent and balanced clinicians, scientists, and engineers, who currently are in great demand by the medical devices industry and clinical sector. This is facilitated through the Network’s research projects, which span over the intersectorial innovation pipeline of a number of TE products and technologies from basic science to translational research and beyond. The strategy of the TECAS ITN involves the use of functionalised 3D scaffolds, which have been seeded with either differentiated stromal cells or adult mesenchymal stem cells derived from the intended recipient, and either physically conditioned in the laboratory in bioreactors, with a view to producing biological and biomechanical functionality of the graft prior to implantation, or used unseeded with a view to attracting endogenous cell colonisation after implantation.