The MDR colloquium of December will be organized on Wednesday December 8th at 4:00 pm (CET), online via TEAMS. We welcome all scientists from the MDR-affiliated institutes (MERLN, ICMS, RMU).
During this colloquium we will host 2 MDR researchers:
- Dr. Darragh Crosbie – MERLN Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine – “1) Uncovering stem cell-based corneal regeneration using nanomaterials and multimodal imaging, 2) Targeting mechanosensitive ion channels to guide biomaterial driven stem cell behaviour”
Darragh originally completed his PhD in Trinity College Dublin where his work focused on delivery of novel therapeutics to the anterior chamber of the eye to treat glaucoma. Using an AAV delivery vector he developed a method to deliver recombinant proteins to the aqueous humor outflow tissues to help increase flow out of the anterior chamber. In 2019 Darragh joined the MERLN institute in Maastricht University to investigate the regeneration of the cornea after limbal stem cell transplantation using mesoporous silica nanoparticles for multimodal imaging. In addition, he is also interested in the roles of mechanosensitive ion channels in cell response to substrate stiffness.
- Prof. Keita Ito – Eindhoven University of Technology – “The Structure/Function of Articular Cartilage: Implications for Regeneration and Restoration.”
Prof.Dr. Keita Ito received his doctorate in Medical Engineering and Medical Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. Currently, he is Vice Dean and full professor in the Dept. of Biomedical Engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology, where he leads the Orthopaedic Biomechanics group. This group combines numerical/experimental and engineering/biological methods to elucidate degenerative processes in bone, cartilage, disc and tendons/ligaments, as well as regenerative strategies thereof. He also is a professor in the Dept. of Orthopaedics at the University Medical Center Utrecht where he works on the mechanobiology of musculoskeletal regenerative medicine. He has co-authored over 200 peer-reviewed publications and is on the editorial board of Biomech Model Mechanobiol and is a deputy-editor of the Global Spine Journal. He and his group have been awarded the Spine Young Investigator Award, the ESB Perren Award, GSJ Best Paper Award, as well as other conference awards. Recently, he was awarded an ERC-AdG to investigate the etiology of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis.
- Moderator: Ranganath Maringanti
Please find here the invitation for the MDR Colloquium of December.