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Nanomaterials Technologies & Diabetes, Workshop - NANODIAB 2007, 30 March 2007

Funded under: FP7-HEALTH, FP7-NMP


In recent years, both Type-1 and Type-2 diabetes have exhibited continuous and worrying increases in disease incidences in Europe¿s population. In parallel, from around 2000 onwards there has been an exponential increase in global research activity in understanding and designing new nanostructure materials. This workshop brought together leading scientists from the fields of diabetes, nanostructured biomaterials research, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JRDF) with the Commission¿s Officers from Unit F2 and G3 of DG Research with responsibilities for health and nanotechnology in FP7.
The purpose of the workshop was to review: a) progress in FP6 research in both fields; b) research directions stimulated by the first calls of FP7 by Themes -1 (Health) and -4 (Nanosciences, Nanotechnologies, Material and New Production and c) how increased collaboration by scientists from both fields could be stimulated to provide better treatment options for sufferers of both diseases.
Much of the EC-funded research reviewed here related to Type-1 because of the morbidity and mortality risks associated with its early onset. An important synergy of the strategic research directions of the JRDF and DGRTD was observed for Type-1 disease. These strategies are well researched and robust. Given the shortage of human transplantation material, relative to societal need, the long-term goal of a stem cell based solution remains important. Current research lines to address the use of polymer materials and coatings for encapsulation of islets cells for transplantation were seen as very important. Together with large animal research, they provide enabling technology platforms for transplantation of artificial pancreases nearer term and human stem cells longer term.

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