MDR Annual meeting 2023

MDR Annual meeting 2023

Registration is open > click here

On the 23rd & 24th of May, we will organize the next MDR Annual meeting in Thorn, the Netherlands.

The MDR Annual meeting brings together faculty, PhD students, postdocs and technicians working in the participating groups of the MDR Research Center to share the latest developments and breakthroughs of their research. The aim of this event is to stimulate discussion and interaction between members of the MDR community, with the intention to further strengthen the collaborations and joined efforts leading to outstanding research. 

Location: Kasteelhoeve de Grote Hegge, Thorn

Costs: €150,-

Includes: 2-day event with food, drinks and overnight stay

Registration open until May 9th 2023 > click here

Program MDR Annual Meeting

VenueKasteelhoeve de Grote Hegge, Waterstraat 9, 6017 AJ Thorn, +31 (0) 475 – 56 33 99,

Tuesday May 23rd, 2023

11:00 – 12:o0   Arrival and registration

12:00 – 13:00  Lunch buffet

13:00 – 13:10  Opening – Carlijn Bouten

13:10 – 16:40  Session 1: Challenges in regenerating soft to hard tissue interfaces

Moderated by

13:10 – 14:10 Keynote lecture: Georg Duda (Julius Wolff Institute, Berlin Institute of Health)
Employ Immuno-mechanics to Induce Tissue Regeneration”

14:10 – 14:40 Miguel Castilho – TU/e
“Guiding mineralized tissue regeneration with engineered (fiber) scaffolds”

14:40 – 15:10  Francesca Giacomini – MERLN
“Enthesis inflammation on-a-chip”

15:10 – 15:40  Coffee break

15:40 – 16:10  Marloes van Mourik – TU/e
“Regeneration of the cartilage microenvironment in micro-scale agarose hydrogels”

16:10 – 17:40  Poster presentations by young talent

17:40 – 18:40  Break + drinks, check in hotel

18:40 –            Dinner and social program


Wednesday May 24th, 2023

7:30 – 8:30      Breakfast buffet and check-out

8:30 – 9:30      Session 2: Materials, cells and organoids
Moderated by
8:30 – 9:00      Laura Rijns – TU/e (winner young talent grant 2021) 
“Targeting integrins using spatially controlled, dual-ligand DNA assemblies”
9:00 – 9:30      Hamid Jafarinia – MERLN
“Stochastic spatial model for adhesion-based YAP/TAZ phosphorylation”
9:30 – 10:00    Aref Saberi – TU/e
“A matrix based approach to develop human cerebral tissues to study brain development and neuropathology”
10:00 – 10:30 Joost Wijnakker – Hubrecht
“Agonistic Integrin ß1 antibodies enhance organoid cultures by potentiating their susceptibility for ECM”

10:30 – 11:00  Coffee break

11:00 – 12:00  Session 3: Understanding material-driven regeneration in-vitro and in-silico
Moderated by
11:00 – 11:30 Anne-Floor de Kanter – UMCU
“Identifying morally significant differences and preventing bias in regenerative implant design”

11:30 – 12:00 Sangita Swapnasrita – MERLN (winner young talent grant 2021)
“Modeling competitive toxin-toxin interaction in kidney proximal tubule”


12:00 – 13:00 Lunch buffet

13:00 – 14:00 Keynote lecture: Anna Akhmanova (Utrecht University)
“Seeing proteins and drugs in action”

14:00 – 14:30  Valentine Vetter – TU/e
“Early host response to in situ tissue engineered heart valves”

14:30 – 15:00 Bas van Balkom – UMCU
“A human kidney and liver organoid-based multi-organ-on-a-chip model to study the therapeutic effects and biodistribution of mesenchymal stromal cell-derived extracellular vesicles”    

15:00 – 15:10  Closing remarks

15:10 – 15:30  Coffee break

15:30 – 16:30 MDR board meets Outreach committee, Young talent committee and PIs

16:30               End


The program is available for download as a pdf.


Poster session

All PhD students and Postdocs are invited to present a poster during the poster session which is combined with the lunch. Poster boards will be available.


Travel and directions to the venue


Navigation address: Waterstraat 9, 6017 AJ Thorn

By train:

Utrecht station: 09.44am from platform 18 or 10.03am from platform 18 > NS intercity in the direction of Heerlen or Maastricht > after 1h12 minutes, get out of the train at station Weert**

Maastricht station: 10.01am* from platform 2 or 11.08 from platform 2 > NS intercity in the direction of Alkmaar > after 45 minutes, get out of the train at station Weert**

Eindhoven station: 10.38am from platform 2 or 10.27 am from platform 2 > NS intercity in the direction of Heerlen or Maastricht > after 18 minutes, get out of the train at station Weert**


**at the station of Weert there will be a shuttle bus ready to take you to your venue > the shuttlebus will only be available for the people that registered for this shuttlebus.

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