To foster research in this area, the European Commission is funding the collaborative project “Development of Novel Nanotechnology Based Diagnosed Systems for Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis (NanoDiaRA)” within the 7th Framework Programme for Research. The consortium, consisting of 15 European partners, was established in February 2010 and will work together on this topic for four years.
The main objective of this integrated large-scale multidisciplinary project is to develop diagnostic tools for the early detection and response to treatment of arthritis based on nanoparticle technologies. In addition, the project will focus on the social, ethical and legal aspects of the application of nanotechnology in medicine.
The second NanoDiaRA scientific meeting took place at the Europäische Akademie GmbH in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler from 11 to 13 October 2010, where the project partners presented their work of the first six months and discussed administrative questions, finances, and project reporting. Besides the prinicipal investigators of the partner institutions and young investigators, Dr. George Kirmizidis, project officer of the European Commission, attended the meeting. This gave the partners the opportunity to discuss administrative and financial issues, and clarify questions regarding project reporting.
Furthermore, actions and milestones were constituted for the following six months. The different project groups and boards had the opportunity to meet: The ethical and legal advisory board, the protection and valorisation facilitator group, and the members of the workpackage on technical, medical and ethical aspects of “nanoparticles in health”. On the last day of the meeting an exploitation strategy seminar was given by Dr. George Vekinis, acting under the auspices of the European Commission Research Direction. More than in former framework projects funded by the European Commission (EC) the “plan for the use and dissemination of foreground” is now of great importance in FP7 projects.
Therefore it is a priority for both the EC and the consortium to exploit the research results by licensing them to commercial partners, either within the network or outside, in order to promote patient care, as well as research and industrial innovation in Europe.
Besides the transfer of new knowledge into practical applications, young network investigators and trainees are encouraged and educated in the conduct and application of such novel and highly complex research and development such as that of NanoDiaRA. From 6 to 10 September 2010 the first NanoDiaRA summerschool took place at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. This nanotechnology summerschool was designed to promote learning in the broad field of nanoparticles and diagnostic tools. The NanoDiaRA summerschools are open for all graduate students and post doctoral students. About 50 participants from EPFL, the NanoDiaRA consortium and from external universities and institutions attended a series of basic and more technological-driven lectures about “Nanoparticles for biomedical applications”.
Experts mainly from the NanoDiaRA consortium presented the courses and discussed their work with young investigators. A special invited talk was given by Robin Poole, Professor Emeritus of Surgery at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, and former Scientific Director of the Canadian Arthritis Network. He spoke about the use of skeletal biomarkers to detect and monitor arthritis disease activity and its treatment.
Altogether, the summerschool provided an impressive overview of the wide range of topics with which nanotechnology specialists are currently involved. The second NanoDiaRA summerschool will take place in about one year’s time at the University of Lund, Sweden, covering all the features of cell and molecular biology related to arthritic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Again, the involvement of external researchers and trainees will be welcome.
The project “Development of novel nanotechnology based diagnosed systems for rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis (NanoDiaRA)” is funded by the European Union. Its consortium consists of 15 European partners from both university and non-university institutions. The coordinator of the NanoDiaRA project is the Europäische Akademie Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler GmbH (Germany) (http://www.ea-aw.eu). MatSearch Consulting Hofmann (Switzerland) (http://www.matsearch.ch) acts as the scientific coordinator.
Make way for the mini flying machines
21.03.2018 | American Chemical Society
New 4-D printer could reshape the world we live in
21.03.2018 | American Chemical Society
In just a few weeks from now, the Chinese space station Tiangong-1 will re-enter the Earth's atmosphere where it will to a large extent burn up. It is possible that some debris will reach the Earth's surface. Tiangong-1 is orbiting the Earth uncontrolled at a speed of approx. 29,000 km/h.Currently the prognosis relating to the time of impact currently lies within a window of several days. The scientists at Fraunhofer FHR have already been monitoring Tiangong-1 for a number of weeks with their TIRA system, one of the most powerful space observation radars in the world, with a view to supporting the German Space Situational Awareness Center and the ESA with their re-entry forecasts.
Following the loss of radio contact with Tiangong-1 in 2016 and due to the low orbital height, it is now inevitable that the Chinese space station will...
Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP, provider of research and development services for OLED lighting solutions, announces the founding of the “OLED Licht Forum” and presents latest OLED design and lighting solutions during light+building, from March 18th – 23rd, 2018 in Frankfurt a.M./Germany, at booth no. F91 in Hall 4.0.
They are united in their passion for OLED (organic light emitting diodes) lighting with all of its unique facets and application possibilities. Thus experts in...
A new scenario seeking to explain how Mars' putative oceans came and went over the last 4 billion years implies that the oceans formed several hundred million...
For the first time, an interdisciplinary team from the University of Basel has succeeded in integrating artificial organelles into the cells of live zebrafish embryos. This innovative approach using artificial organelles as cellular implants offers new potential in treating a range of diseases, as the authors report in an article published in Nature Communications.
In the cells of higher organisms, organelles such as the nucleus or mitochondria perform a range of complex functions necessary for life. In the networks of...
Animal photoreceptors capture light with photopigments. Researchers from the University of Göttingen have now discovered that these photopigments fulfill an...
19.03.2018 | Event News
16.03.2018 | Event News
13.03.2018 | Event News
21.03.2018 | Physics and Astronomy
21.03.2018 | Materials Sciences
21.03.2018 | Life Sciences