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EU-funded researchers have conducted the first successful trials of an innovative gene therapy to treat a rare and debilitating metabolic disorder, using a small and innocuous virus as a carrier for genetic information to correct the functioning of liver and muscle cells.
Published: 3 April 2019
EU-funded researchers are close to developing a cure for Crigler-Najjar syndrome, an extremely rare, life-threatening liver disease. The groundbreaking research, currently being validated in clinical trials, could also pave the way for the treatment of other genetic disorders.
Published: 27 February 2019
Tissue engineering is used to grow alternatives to donor tissue, but getting this tissue to integrate in patients has previously proved complicated. An EU-funded project addressed this problem by developing an innovative modular approach to engineering complex tissues with different cell types.
Published: 25 October 2018
An EU- and industry-funded project has identified potential biomarkers that could indicate how likely a drug is to cause cancer at an earlier stage of testing than is currently possible, which could save drug companies time and money - and lead to safer drugs reaching patients faster.
Published: 8 June 2018
Europe has identified the need for a central, standardised stem cell repository providing researchers with access to quality controlled cell lines and data for future drug development. EU and industry funding helped this new bio-bank facility establish initial operations and create a 'foundational collection'.
Published: 19 September 2017
An EU-funded project has generated new insights into the causes and development of rheumatoid arthritis, directing efforts towards earlier detection, prevention and the idea of inducing tolerance to this chronic and debilitating disease. Follow-up reearch includes new studies to further explore this 'tolerance' challenge and progress on a new antibody detecting device.
Published: 7 August 2017
Published: 13 January 2017
ERC grantee Professor Deniz Kirik's spin-off company will join forces with Skåne Regional Council in southern Sweden to build a specialised hospital and a state-of-the-art gene therapy centre, the parties announced on 8 October. The new facilities are expected to be operational by 2020. They will provide researchers unique opportunities for clinical trials, while patients will gain access to the latest treatment methods for Parkinson's disease and other illnesses.
Published: 17 June 2016
A team of researchers at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology in Barcelona deciphered the genetic mechanisms responsible for the evolutionary success of animals, including humans. The findings give insight on how life evolved from its simple one-cell form to complex multi-cellular organisms. The results, published on 21 April 2016 in Cell journal, may also provide hints how the life will evolve in future.
Published: 7 June 2016
With her degree in biology, Dr Maria-Elena Torres-Padilla left Mexico and embarked on an international career in epigenetics. She completed her PhD at the Pasteur Institute in Paris and then moved to Cambridge University. In 2006 she joined IGBMC in Strasbourg where she is currently a group leader. Supported by an ERC grant, she studies the mechanisms controlling embryonic cellular plasticity with the aim of shedding new light on today's fertility issues.
Published: 12 May 2016