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A IAPP on the Role of NCAM in Stem Cell Differentiation

Objective

The STEMCAM project is a 4-years training and transfer of knowledge program between two distinguished academic groups in stem cell research, two highly innovative SMEs and a company leader in development of media for stem cell research, to foster long-term industry-academy collaboration and partnership in the field of stem cells research and applications. The scientific and industrial aim of STEMCAM is to study the role of the Neuronal Cell Adhesion Molecule NCAM and related growth factors in the maintenance, survival and differentiation of induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells towards the neural and myocardial lineage, in comparison with embryonic stem cells. The project will take advantage of very unique and innovative pharmacological tools, the NCAM and growth factor mimetic peptides discovered by ENKAM. To achieve its aim STEMCAM will apply an interdisciplinary approach from cell biology (including innovative in vitro culture using bi- and three dimensional systems), immunocytochemistry, imaging, molecular biology, electrophysiology, to peptide chemistry and chemioinformatics. The project will run via a training and transfer of knowledge program structured to efficiently exploit the expertise and complementarities between the industrial and academic partners to reach the scientific goals of the project and provide high quality intersectorial training for the participating researchers. This is expected to be of high benefit for their individual career development. The STEMCAM project links intersectorial research activities in two very relevant areas of stem cell research, neurogenesis and cardiomyogenesis and will strictly collaborate with the IAPPs INDUSTEM and PARTNERS and the large FP7 IP ESNATS, complementing and expanding with its unique approach their research scope and transfer of knowledge. Thus STEMCAM will significantly contribute to progress of stem cell research in Europe with high potential impact on European competitiveness and regenerative medicine

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2009-IAPP
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Funding Scheme

MC-IAPP - Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP)

Coordinator

BIOTALENTUM TUDASFEJLESZTO KFT
Address
Aulich Lajos Utca 26
2100 Goedoello
Hungary
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 299 239
Administrative Contact
András Dinnyes (Prof.)

Participants (4)

ENKAM PHARMACEUTICALS A/S
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 352 551
Address
Fruebjergvej, 3
2100 Copenhagen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Albrechtsen Morten (Mr.)
UNIVERSITE DE GENEVE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 432 297
Address
Rue Du General Dufour 24
1211 Geneve
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Karl-Heinz Krause (Prof.)
KLINIKUM DER UNIVERSITAET ZU KOELN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 405 230
Address
Kerpener Strasse 62
50937 Koeln
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jürgen Hescheler (Prof.)
STEMCELL Technologies Inc.
Canada
Address
West Seventh Avenue 400-570
V5Z 1B3 Vancouver
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sharon A. Louis (Dr.)