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Holistic training of next generation Osteoarthritis researchers

Project description

Training scientists to treat osteoarthritis

There is no cure for osteoarthritis, a serious and painful degenerative joint disease. Once called the ‘wear and tear’ condition associated with ageing, osteoarthritis typically affects hands, knees, hips, lower back and neck. The EU-funded OSTASKILLS project will explore the development of treatment options to manage the symptoms. It will invite 10 talented researchers to apply for a doctoral training in the scientific methods within the field of regenerative medicine. The project’s overall aim is to nurture the next generation of entrepreneurial scientists capable of combining and translating major innovations in life sciences towards meaningful clinical applications and the healthcare market.

Objective

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the single most common cause of disability in older adults and is expected to continue to grow in the decades to come. Despite the major socio-economic impact, OA patients are facing a staggering lack of disease-modifying therapies, leaving invasive total joint replacement as the only currently available option to treat end-stage OA. OSTASKILLS is based on a research programme aimed at the clinical development and market introduction of medical devices, pharmaceutical products and advanced therapy medicinal products for joint repair. OSTASKILLS aims at attracting ten talented doctoral candidates worldwide. It will issue two calls, inviting early stage researchers to apply for a doctoral training. The selection process OSTASKILLS has adopted is based on openness, transparency, merit, impartiality and equality for the applicants. The doctoral candidates will receive training through research and training by education. The main training objectives are: a variety of scientific methods within the field of regenerative medicine, as well as other transferable skills to improve the career perspectives of the doctoral candidates. OSTASKILLS aims to train the next generation of entrepreneurial scientists who are capable of combining and translating major innovations in life sciences towards meaningful clinical applications and the health care market. The field of joint preservation will act as a unique blueprint for the training of entrepreneurial scientists that can find their way towards other clinical application areas following their training in this programme. Every doctoral candidate will work in both an academic, as well as an non-academic partner organisation, to expose the young researchers to diverse research environments and equip them with the skills needed to bring innovations to actual implementation in practice.

Coordinator

Stichting ReumaNederland
Net EU contribution
€ 1 084 800,00
Address
ADMIRAAL HELFRICHSTRAAT 1
1056 AA AMSTERDAM
Netherlands

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Region
West-Nederland Noord-Holland Groot-Amsterdam
Activity type
Other
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Total cost
€ 2 169 600,00