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Press release: November 3, 2020 

New young researchers in PREMUROSA presented their projects linked to new therapies of musculoskeletal disorders  

GoToTraining, October 19-23, 2020 – The partners of PREMUROSA, the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative training network, first “met” the thirteen young researchers, collected in a few months highly competitive process. During the 5-days First network school that took place from 19-23 October, they presented themselves and their projects, which will significantly contribute to new technologies and new therapies for musculoskeletal disorders.

The 4-years project PREMUROSA kicked off in January 2020. The project combines ICT, biomedicine and material science competencies to increase the application of precision medicine approaches in the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. Its main objective is to train a new generation of tissue engineering scientists from multiple European countries to develop new technologies and new therapies for musculoskeletal disorders.  

In October the project team organized a five-day network school, which was held online during this unpredictable time. A total of 53 participants representing all project partners attended the event. One of the main goals of the network school was to meet for the first time the 13 young researchers, to learn about them and their assigned research projects and to provide them with an insight into project structure, goals and scheduled obligations. 

Lia Rimondini, the project coordinator and a professor at the University of Eastern Piedmontsaid: “The meeting was a success. The young researchers interacted each other and with their supervisors enthusiastically. They are very talented, proactive and willing to explore new research frontiers.”

The project meeting was opened on October 19 by Rimondini’s general overview of the PREMUROSA project and presentation of consortium partners. Following the Rimondini’s introduction, external expert Elisaveta Kon delivered a presentation on translational aspects in musculoskeletal regeneration, combining material science with clinical aspects. Presentation of the early-stage researchers (ESR) and tutors, with a short overview of their assigned research projects and an overview of their scheduled obligations closed the first day of the network event. 

In the following days of the meeting, the participants had the opportunity to listen to various lectures and workshops. One of the key topics was research integrity, “which is based on the foundations of four principles of reliability -ensuring quality of research; honesty -transparent, fair, full and unbiased; respect -for oneself and others; and accountability -idea to publication,” explainedAbhay Pandit from National University of Ireland Galway in his presentation. 

Roberto Cippitani from the European Cooperation in Research and Education (EU CORE) offered general overview of the main rules and approaches governing Open access and Open Data obligations in the framework of H2020, in addition Rimondini and Irene Liverani from EU CORE explained all the relevant aspects related to event organization, such as fundraising, venue and timing, needed infrastructure etc.

Other topics of the network school focused on Ethics issues in Research and Technology product development, EU initiatives to fund research and intellectual Property Rights. Science on the Street, the science promotion institute organized a short communication exercise, during which the fellows got to know each and afterwards Ilijana Kovrlija and Clive Jabangwe as a chair and co-chair of the Fellows board.  

Ilijana Kovrlija, researcher hosted by Riga Technical University and working on smart personalized degradable biomaterials for bone tissue regeneration, commented that “the meeting was eagerly awaited among the ESRs and even though the Zoom conferences are a new experience to all attending, everything was very well organized, with interactive and diverse content, that still managed to bring about the social aspect of these ITN meetings”.

The next Network school is to be held in Porto in April 202; whilst the First Dissemination Meeting will be held in Slovenia on the 14th September. 

ABOUT THE PREMUROSA PROJECT

PREMUROSA is part of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network – European Joint Doctorates programme, funded by the European research and innovation programme Horizon 2020. The project’s aim is to train a new generation of creative, entrepreneurial and innovative early-stage researchers, able to face current and future challenges and to convert knowledge and ideas into products and services for economic and social benefit. 

The consortium comprises 11 European partner institutions led by the University of Eastern Piedmont (Alessandria, Novara and Vercelli, Italy), and 6 non-academic partners and companies specializing in the biomedical field.

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Press Release

New PREMUROSA project will improve the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders 

A group of international partners from Italy, Finland, Portugal, Ireland, Latvia, Serbia and Switzerland launched an EU funded project Precision medicine for musculoskeletal regeneration, prosthetics, and active ageing – PREMUROSA. The 3-years programme main objective is to train a new generation of tissue engineering scientists from multiple European countries to develop new technologies and new therapies for musculoskeletal disorders. 

Musculoskeletal diseases are reported to affect roughly half of those over 60, strongly impacting the quality of life and posing a significant burden on healthcare and welfare systems. Treatment of musculoskeletal disorders is currently based either on prosthetic or regenerative surgical procedures, often involving medical device implantation, compromising the effectiveness of treatments. 

A significant improvement could be achieved by precision medicine, specifically designed on patient’s individual characteristics. This requires new and highly skilled professionals who will develop new strategies for translating tissue engineering innovations into useful information to customise therapies, taking into account the characteristics of each patient. 

The project aims at training a new generation of scientists with an integrated vision of the whole value chain in musculoskeletal regeneration technologies and able to boost the necessary innovations to achieve precision principles in developing innovative devices and optimized clinical applications. 

A total of 13 students from the field of medical and health sciences, clinical medicine, surgery and surgical procedure will be selected to take part in the interdisciplinary project and earned their PhD degrees. Students will be hosted by a member of a European consortium of universities, research institutions and companies in Italy, Switzerland, Portugal, Finland, Latvia, Ireland and Serbia. 

Young researchers will gain advanced knowledge and skills, through an innovative combination of academic, industrial and clinical experience and training. They will benefit from an excellent scientific environment, up-date technologies and supervision by international leaders in the field. 

The successful implementation of PREMUROSA will not only set the ground for innovative PhD training but will also contribute in meeting important SOCIAL CHALLENGES, such as optimisation of clinical choices and therefore improvement of quality of life of patients and reduction of healthcare system costs. Moreover, industrial competitiveness will be substantially boosted due to medical devices optimisation and the development of new products in the project. 

The consortium comprises elevenEuropean partner institutions led by the University of Eastern Piedmont (Alessandria, Novara and Vercelli, Italy), and several non-academic partners and companies specialising in the biomedical field. 

Kickoff meeting

Among the 11 partner organisations are: University of Eastern Piedmont (Alessandria, Novara and Vercelli, Italy), Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute (Bologna, Italy), Aalto University Foundation (Aalto, Finland), AO Research Institute Davos (Davos, Switzerland), Riga Technical University (Riga, Latvia), Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy, University of Belgrade (Belgrade, Serbia), INEB—National Institute of Biomedical Engineering, University of Porto (Porto, Portugal), Polytechnic University of Turin (Turin, Italy), EnginSoft SpA (Trento, Italy), Tampere University of Technology, (Tampere, Finland), National University of Ireland Galway (Galway, Ireland). 

PREMUROSA is part of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network – European Joint Doctorates programme, funded by the European research and innovation programme Horizon 2020. The project aims to train a new generation of creative, entrepreneurial and innovative early-stage researchers, able to face current and future challenges and to convert knowledge and ideas into products and services for economic and social benefit.