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Research Overview


The TECAS-ITN Doctoral Academy integrates the major European contributors in the field of cardiovascular tissue engineering (TE) and regenerative medicine (RM), to generate a coherent framework of expertise which facilitates the training and career development of 13 early stage researchers.

The ITN focuses on the clinical needs of cardiac valve replacement/repair, myocardium reconstruction (myocardioplasty) 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 implants for clinical use in the near future. This ITN supports and transfers novel cross/multidisciplinary 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 strong North American sector.

TECAS consolidates the multidisciplinary experience in training and research of the Network Partners to train the new generation of competent and balanced scientists, engineers and clinicians, who currently are in great demand by the medical devices industry and clinical sector. This goal 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 SME participation in the training ensures that the ESRs are equipped with the correct skill set, useful to the industrial sector. The full participation of the clinical sector, with the leading clinical investigators in the field, who are affiliated to 5 major European hospitals (Hanover Medical School, Aachen, Padua and Patras University Hospitals, and Zurich University Hospital though affiliation with TUE), ensures that the research is directed towards clinically-relevant problems and clinically-adoptable therapies, and guarantees its rapid clinical adoption at a European level.

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TECAS-ITN End-of-Network Conference

 Padua, November 28-30, 2016

The TECAS-ITN European Doctoral Academy in Regenerative Engineering, is organising the End-of-Network Conference in Padua, Italy.

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