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CELLAID — Result In Brief

Project ID: 5094
Funded under: FP6-LIFESCIHEALTH
Country: Germany

Battling autoimmune diseases

Cell-based therapies hold a lot of promise in addressing autoimmune diseases. A new platform and networking initiatives have helped turn the science behind the cure into potential therapies.
Battling autoimmune diseases
Dozens of autoimmune illnesses, from Crohn's disease to Pernicious anaemia, have plagued mankind for centuries with relatively limited treatment options available even today. The EU-funded project Cellaid aimed to improve the process of finding treatments that would bring relief to sufferers.

The project created a communication platform on the subject involving European experts and key European institutions, in addition to organising conferences on cell-based therapies that could combat autoimmune diseases. It helped research institutes and related networks improve standardisation of assessment, diagnosis and treatment. Turning to government, the project also aimed to influence political processes in order to raise awareness of specific autoimmune diseases, particularly rheumatic diseases, across the EU.

Cellaid successfully hosted three symposia on cell-based therapies to investigate cell therapy approaches to treat autoimmune diseases, focusing on patients' expectations and epidemiology as well as basic and translational science. After numerous discussions and examination of research data, experts identified new treatment approaches and innovative strategies that would lead to viable clinical applications. The project's results and recommendations were published through appropriate channels and have ultimately helped define priorities on the topic for future research.

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