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TRANSTEM: ERA Chair in Translational Stem Cell Biology

Project description

Innovative stem cell research centre in Bulgaria

Stem cell research is advancing in Bulgaria with the recruitment of an ERA Chair at the Medical University of Varna. The goal is to promote and support basic and applied research, aiming for the expansion of the existing knowledge base research on specific issues. The EU-funded TRANSTEM project will create an advanced Stem Cell Biology Department for the ERA Chair, who will be an experienced biology scientist. The department will fully exploit the existing scientific capacities, expand efficiency in creating and using innovations, and will strengthen the university’s discovery of new therapies and medicines. The result of the research will benefit public health and create new financial opportunities.


The goal of TRANSTEM is to unlock, foster and sustain excellent basic and applied stem cell research as well as clinical
application in MUV through the recruitment of an ERA Chair in stem cell biology.
TRANSTEM will specifically:
- Enhance research organization and management in MUV by establishing a new and fully functional Stem Cell Biology
Department and hiring an outstanding stem cell biology researcher and manager who will guide the transformation process
and SCBD development.
- Strengthen the scientific excellence in MUV in the field of translational stem cell biology via continuous development and
regular evaluation of the new Stem Cell Biology Department, human resource capacity upgrade, trainings in research,
bilateral exchanges with foreign research centres of excellence in stem cell biology, and study visits in bio banks abroad.
- Increase the transfer of innovation potential of MUV and enable the translation of discoveries into new therapies and
medical products which improve public’s health and generate new economic opportunities through the setting up of a
knowledge transfer office, upgrading IPR strategy
- and fostering project and collaborations with biotech, healthcare and pharmaceutical industries.
- Enable regional socio-political development in the field of stem cell biology by generating regional support through open
multi-stakeholder dialogue with social and political stakeholders, tackling policy bottlenecks and roadmapping reforms in the
Bulgarian research and innovation landscape.
- Leverage existing and establish new collaborations to extend application and participation both in national operational
programmes and international EU funded calls thus enabling major scientific advancements in the use of stem cells for
public health.
- Ensure widespread and effective communication and dissemination which raise awareness, foster interactions and
maximise TRANSTEM’s impact at the regional, national and international levels.

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Medical University Of Varna
Net EU contribution
€ 2 499 978,75
55 Marin Drinov Str.
9002 Varna

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Северна и Югоизточна България Североизточен Варна
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
€ 2 499 978,75