Members of ITERA Life-Sciences are participating members in three EU-Framework projects: e.a. CRYSTAL and HEPADIP and were recently awarded the HYPERLAB project.


The IWT (Agency for Innovation by Science and Technology) recently confirmed that ITERA members will be involved in the HEPSTEM project with participating groups from the Flemish Universities and one research group (KUL, UGENT, VUB and IMEC).


2009 - ITERA in cooperation with the Wake-Forest University is a co-founding partner for the Institute of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (ITERM) at the Lukas Clinic Neuss, Germany.

2010 - R&D project in cooperation with WFUBMC (Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Centre), ITERM, Vision4 Life-Sciences and ECMTA (European Centre for Medical & Technical Applications): “Nanotechnology in Medicine”.

2010 - R&D cooperative project with the Institute of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (ITERM) Lukas Clinic with Prof. Dr. Mihaly Boros, Institute of surgical Research at the University of Szeged Hungary.


2011 - Invited to participate on a Comparative Study of Processes, Systems and Regulations in Manufacturing and Application of Stem Cells and other Cell therapies by the University of Queensland Australia School of Pharmacy.



Activities 2009-2010

Overview of the general activities of ITERA since the last Workshop in October 2008 in Maastricht.

1. General Activities.
Organisation updating:
- EU Offices headed by ITERA members (volunteers) website 
- Composition of different expert committees, website 
- Recruitment of new members,
- A private family investor signed an agreement to create a foundation supporting young and senior researchers
- Planning and preparation of the workshop 2011.

2. ITERA Partnerships:
- ITERA members are involved in projects with DZITM (Deutsches Zentrum zur Entwicklung und Prüfung innovativer Techniken in der Medicine) 
- ITERA and DZITM are partner organizations
- ITERA members cooperate with ITERM (Institute for Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine)
- ITERA members corporate with the “Rheinisch Westfälisches Zentrum für Beckenchirurgie e.V.)
- ITERA members corporate with ECMTA (European Center for Medical and Technical Applications) located in cologne, Germany. 

3. Memberships:
- The Chairman and different ITERA members are member of :
- IPLASS (International Placenta Stem cell Society) 
- GSZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Stammzellforschung e. V.) 
- The Chairman of ITERA is member of TERMIS (Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society) 
- ITERA is a member of IBIO (Industrial Biotechnology) 
- ITERA and DZITM are partner organizations.

4. National and International Projects.
- Different ITERA members participate in National as well as in International Projects for example:
- Belgium IWT-SBO BRAINSTIM project
- Belgium 3 different new FWO Projects concerning Neural Stem Cells, Microglia, Glioblastoma.
- EU FP7 – HYPERLAB Project
- EU FP6 ongoing project – HEPADIP
- DFG project: Improved biocompatibility of meshes used for hernia, incontinence and organ prolapsed repair by plasma coating – results of in vitro and in vivo studies.
(DFG : Deutsches Forschungs Gemeinschaft) in cooperation with DZITM, ITERM (see above) and University of Szeged Hungary.
- Submitted Projects:
- Feasibility of diamond nano particle use for tracking and labeling of myoblasts and satellite cells. (DZITM, ITERM)
- Therapy of refractory postoperative stress incontinence by the use of autologous skeletal muscle- derived cells (MDC). (DZITM, ITERM).

5. International Congresses with ITERA participation:
- AUA (American Urology Association) San Francisco, USA
- EAU, ( European Association of Urology) Barcelona, Spain
- SIU, (Societé Internationale d’Urology) Marracech, Marocco
- ICS, (International Continence Society) Toronto, Canada
- Colloquium Urologie, Düsseldorf

6. Admitted Publications in cooperation with DZITM, ITERM and ITERA (2010):
Since the founding and the cooperation between DZITM, ITERM and ITERA,
17 Publications has been admitted in different journals.
In the meantime 3 Medical Books have been published and 1 periodical.

7. Honorable mentions:
- The founders and the Board members of ITERA (International Institute of Tissue Engineering Association), ITERM ( International Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine), and DZITM (Deutsches Zentrum zur Entwicklung und Prüfung innovativer Techniken in der Medicine), are proud to announce that the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights accepted the submitted content and legislation of the Ethical Code.

- The actual chairman of ITERA, Albert RAMON, has been awarded with the Otto Meyerhof Award on the 24th of February 2010. Otto Meyerhof was the Nobel Price Laureate in Medicine in 1922. 



Previous activities


The 1st ITERA Life-Sciences Forum workshop was held in Maastricht (The Netherlands) from the 17th until the 19th of June 2005 at the Vaeshartelt Castle Congress Hotel. The initiative was taken by the steering committee and the scientific board of ITERA to submit a European funded project under the 6th Framework Program, EUSTEMBANK. This project was called Cryo-banking of Stem Cells for Human Therapeutic AppLication (CRYSTAL)

In 2006 the CRYSTAL project was selected among more than 800 received applications and was ranked with a third place and a score of 28,5 on 30 points.
The following partners cooperate together: the University Antwerp dept. Experimental Hematology, the Stem Cell Institute Leuven (SCIL); the University Cologne; the University Vienna as well as the University Zürich. On the other hand one Research Institute namely the Fraunhofer Institute Germany St. Ingbert and finally a SME partner the Life-Sciences Group NV (Cryo-Save), both highly specialized in Cryo - Biotechnology.

In June 2006 ITERA Life-Sciences Forum has organized together with the “Berufsverband der Frauenärtzte e.V” Nordrhein, with the GSZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Stammzell – Forschung e.V.), with Grünenthal – Pharma, with Cryo-Save GmbH an the Life-Sciences Group NV a symposium on “Stammzellen in der Gynaekologie”.

Also in June 2006 ITERA Life-Sciences Forum and SIEMENS Belgium have organized a symposium on “In vitro molecular imaging on stem cells” in the Erasmushuis, Antwerp (Belgium).

Several ITERA Life-Sciences Forum members are frequently invited as speakers or moderators on different international and national symposia, workshops as well as congresses.

From the 23rd until the 24th of October 2006 the 2nd ITERA Life-Sciences Forum workshop on “Autologous Stem Cells – Perspectives, Features and Future of Regenerative Medicine" was held in Maastricht (The Netherlands) at the Vaeshartelt Castle Congress Hotel. During this 2nd workshop the representative of the EU welcomed and supported the ITERA initiative. From this 2nd workshop several important projects have been further developed and elaborated.

The BestLiverCell project is headed by Prof. Dr. Maurizio Muraca (Head of the laboratory Ospedale Bambino Gesu, Rome) together with several other European experts. Crucial factor in this project is the development of standards of stem cell lines. The BestLiverCell project has been presented and discussed during an international workshop on 27 February 2007 in Antwerp, at the university hospital of Antwerp, chaired by Prof. Dr. Dirk Ysebaert and Mr. Johnny Vanderstraeten, CEO. Several Belgian, European and North American biotech and pharmacy companies were invited, who are active in the field of innovation and who are conducting research on autologous and allogeneic therapies.

Furthermore two other projects will be initiated as well as one therapeutic oriented project with autologous adult stem cells in the area of stress incontinent treatments. The storage and cryopreservation of the cells will be done by specialized companies also active in the CRYSTAL project.


At September 13th, 2007 the Chairman has been invited for the EU Workshop “GMP facilities & Non Commercial Clinical Trials” in Brussels, as ITERA Life-Sciences Forum is a member of the ISSAC ( Independent Scientific and Stakeholders Advisory Committee).

The 3rd ITERA Life-Sciences Forum workshop was held in Maastricht (The Netherlands) from the 24th until the 27th of October 2007 at the Vaeshartelt Castle Congress Hotel. This workshop was organized in cooperation with the Newcastle University upon Tyne and the Newcastle Centre of Cord Blood Stem Cell Institute by Prof. Colin McGuckin Head of the Department of Regenerative Medicine and his associated Professor Dr Nicolas Forraz. There was a participation of speakers, chairmen, invited people from 18 different countries.
The theme of the 3rd Workshop has been committed by the organizing committee and was: "Stem Cells from the cord-blood, cord and placenta; scientific approaches, pre-clinical and clinical applications."

This workshop was dedicated to the Nobel Price Laureats in Medicin Biology, Immunology and Physiology. 



About the 4th workshop

The former workshops were dedicated to the different composers and Nobel Prize laureates in Medical Biology, Immunology and Physiology. This 4th ITERA Life-Sciences Forum workshop, once again organized in the Vaeshartelt Castle Congress Hotel, is dedicated to the Young Researchers -members of ITERA- and indeed to the volunteers of the local ITERA offices. The workshop is organized in collaboration with the NovusSanguis, the international research consortium on cord blood stem cells and adult stem cells for therapeutic applications. The theme of this year’s workshop is “Stem Cells: From the basic research to the pre-clinical and clinical applications”.




EU projects Framework Program of FP 7 (submitted) 


Health-2007-2.4.5-11: Translational research aiming the treatment of urinary-incontinence
Coordinators Prof Dr Otto Thomas Lukas Klinikum Neuss Department of Urology Germany

Health-2007-2.2.1-7: Restorative approaches for therapy of neurodegenerative diseases.
Coordinator PD Dr. Steiner Barbara Charite Berlin Germany Department of Neurology
Preliminary title of the project:
Basic mechanisms of endogenous plasticity in neurodegenerative diseases of the adult CNS

Marie Curie Training Networks FP7-People 2007-1-1-ITN Newblood
Coordinator Prof Mc Guckin Colin University of Newcastle upon Tyne Stem Cell Institute UK

Health-2007-B, Network with ISSAC and PLACET (Placenta Cells at the Round Table with Adult Stem Cells from other Sources) aim networking the European placenta derived stem cell scientific community, and to bridge this network with other existing stem cell research communities.


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