Congratulations to project researcher Steven Vermeulen from Maastricht University on his recent research paper publication in Acta Biomaterialia. The publication, co-authored by researchers from Maastricht University and the National University of Ireland, Galway, identifies optimal topographies for in vitro culture of tenocytes. The topographies support maintenance of tenocyte phenotype in culture, addressing the problem of phenotypic drift which has been a persistent problem in tendon tissue engineering. This was a major objective and deliverable for our ITN project. Steven’s paper was recently highlighted on the website Materials Today: https://www.materialstoday.com/biomaterials/news/topochip-biomechanical-tendon-niche/
Vermeulen S., Vasilevich A., Tsiapalis D., Roumans N., Vroemen P., Beijer N., Dede-Eren A., Zeugolis D., de Boer J. Identification of Topographical Architectures Supporting the Phenotype of Rat Tenocytes. Acta Biomaterialia 2018
Summer School 2018
-May 2018 London, United Kingdom
Mid-term review meeting
– November 2017 London, United Kingdom
Symposium during ESB 2017
Symposium during the 28th Annual Conference of the European Society for Biomaterials, 4th to 8th September, Athens, Greece: “Engineering Functional in vitro microenvironments for cell based therapies – H2020: ITN – Tendon Therapy Train Symposium”
Summer School 2017
– May 2017 Galway, Ireland
ITN Tendon Therapy Train Meeting
The first ITN – TTT meeting was held at National University of Ireland Galway in November 2016.
The Kick-off Meeting was held at the National University of Ireland Galway, on the 11th and 12th February 2016. I was attended by all Principal Investigators and the two ESR recruited at that moment, Steven Vermeulen and Dimitrios Tsiapalis.
Each partner gave a brief introduction, followed by:
-Dr Ann Ryan, Head of Research, Vice President of Research Office, NUI Galway
-Prof Abhay Pandit, Director of SFI Center for Research in Medical Devices (CURAM°, NUI Galway
Later the following topics were discussed: “Management, Implementation, Training” and “IP, Dissemination, Outreach”.