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Cancer Associated Fibroblasts (CAF) Function in Tumor Expansion and Invasion

Objective

"Aim of the CAFFEIN network is to provide 10 early stage researchers (ESRs) and 2 exprerienced researchers (ERs) with excellent training in an industry relevant area of cancer research, complementary skills required for pharmaceutical industry, and knowledge in setting up biomedical start-up companies. To this end, the network comprises two full industrial partners: the established pharmaceutical company Medimmune, a global leader in immunopharmaceuticals, and the small biotech company Gimmune, which used breakthrough results in nanotechnology to establish a new enterprise.
The research focus of CAFFEIN, which stands for Cancer Associated Fibroblasts (CAF) Function in Tumor Expansion and Invasion, is to understand the mechanisms, how fibroblastoid cells support tumor progression and metastasis formation. CAF biology is therefore rather complex, but the research groups of the CAFFEIN network cover many different aspects of it, thus having a critical mass to provide relevant training in this area.
Training in complementary skills important for work in the pharmaceutical industry is provided by the industrial partner MedImmune, where communication with management, industrial project planning, IPR, etc. will be taught.
Entrepreneurial skills, business plans, funding by venture capitalists, and patentability of research findings are highlights of the training provided by the industrial partner Gimmune. All this training is transmitted to the ESRs/ERs by networkwide events, secondments and tight research collaboration.
Taken together, the CAFFEIN research training network combines the acquisition of excellent scientific knowledge in an area highly attractive for pharmaceutical industry with special education in relevant complementary skills that increase employment chances of the trained researchers in industry and that encourage them to translate their scientific results into products, thus improving health and economic welfare of European citizens."

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2012-ITN
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)

Coordinator

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET
Address
Norregade 10
1165 Kobenhavn
Denmark
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 612 571,60
Administrative Contact
Tine Mathiesen (Ms.)

Participants (10)

MEDIMMUNE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 497 460,47
Address
Milstein Building Granta Park
CB21 6GH Cambridge
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bruno Calo Fernández (Mr.)
KAROLINSKA INSTITUTET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 263 225,16
Address
Nobels Vag 5
17177 Stockholm
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Maria Von Witting (Mrs.)
CENTRO DE NEUROCIENCIAS E BIOLOGIACELULAR ASSOCIACAO
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 209 781
Address
Universidade De Coimbra Largo Marques De Pombal
3004 517 Coimbra
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Silvia Sousa (Ms.)
UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN
Norway
EU contribution
€ 282 471,40
Address
Museplassen 1
5020 Bergen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Liv-Grethe Gudmundsen (Mrs.)
JOHANN WOLFGANG GOETHE-UNIVERSITATFRANKFURT AM MAIN

Participation ended

Germany
Address
Theodor W Adorno Platz 1
60323 Frankfurt Am Main
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mareike Schmitt (Ms.)
OULUN YLIOPISTO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 264 497,62
Address
Pentti Kaiteran Katu 1
90014 Oulu
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Arto Eljander (Mr.)
UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 233 640
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nathalie Vandepitte (Ms.)
TURUN YLIOPISTO
Finland
EU contribution
€ 264 497,62
Address
Yliopistonmaki
20014 Turku
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mari Riipinen (Dr.)
UNIVERSITE DE LIEGE
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 233 640
Address
Place Du 20 Aout 7
4000 Liege
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Isabelle Halleux (Dr.)
Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
Germany
EU contribution
€ 450 737,75
Address
Schlossplatz 2
48149 Muenster
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ingo Niendorf (Mr.)