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Overcoming specific weaknesses in tendon biology to design advanced regenerative therapies

Objective

The main goal of Achilles is to significantly strengthen the science and technology capacity of UMinho in biophysics, cell/molecular biology and genetics/gene therapy in order to achieve global scientific excellence and competitiveness for the translation of advanced therapies/ tendon tissue engineering strategies to treat tendon injuries/diseases; At the same tine, Achilles also aims at positioning the research profile of UMinho and its staff in an outstanding international research level. This will be achieved by establishing a twinning process through knowledge sharing and collaboration between 3B’s Research Group of University of Minho (UMinho) and 3 internationally leading institutions: Department of Trauma Surgery of the University Regensburg Medical Centre (KUR), the Regenerative, Modular & Developmental Engineering Laboratory of the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) and the Rehabilitation Medicine Research Center of Mayo Clinic (MAYO). Achilles will focus in defined areas in which UMinho shows a less scientific knowledge and are well-complemented by KUR/NUIG/MAYO.
The project objectives are:
- To significantly increase the scientific excellence in tendon tissue engineering and reinforce human resources profile of UMinho;
- To significantly increase the international visibility of UMinho and unleash its networking gaps with international outstanding R&D organisations;
- To create strong links between UMinho-KUR-NUIG-Mayo allowing a constant and sustained knowledge sharing and research collaboration network which will continue sustainably in the long-term;
- To significantly increase the capacity of UMinho to translate excellent scientific production into new therapeutic approaches for the treatment of tendon disorders and in providing high-quality services and consulting, improved capability to compete for funding as well as generating useful intellectual property that can help to support in the long-term the sustainability of the organization.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSIDADE DO MINHO

Address

Largo Do Paco
4704 553 Braga

Portugal

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 500 601,25

Participants (2)

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KLINIKUM DER UNIVERSITAET REGENSBURG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 249 512,50

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND GALWAY

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 249 512,50

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 810850

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 October 2018

  • End date

    30 September 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.4.b.

  • Overall budget:

    € 999 626,25

  • EU contribution

    € 999 626,25

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSIDADE DO MINHO

Portugal