INTENS Researcher participated in n-TRACK Open Day

On the 30th October 2019, one of INTENS researchers from UCL team, Giovanni Giobbe, participated in n-TRACK Open Day held at the Trinity Hall College (in Cambridge). This event was organised by partners from n-TRACK Project (an H2020 funded project). The aims of this workshop was to meet project partners, exchange views and learn about new technologies on nanomaterials in biomedical applications. Giovanni Giobbe gave a presentation on “Extracellular matrix hydrogel derived from decellularized tissues enables endodermal organoid culture”, as…

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“Any questions?” – INTENS researchers reply to patients’ questions

INTENS has been working with The Short Gut Families Support Group to hear and answer their questions about our research. The support group, which is a global network of support for anyone ‘who knows and loves a child with short gut syndrome or a similar diagnosis’ is run through Facebook and has over 3000 members. Being in dialogue with those affected by short gut syndrome is of the upmost importance to INTENS, in sharing insight and shaping future priorities for…

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New study brings gut regeneration a step closer to reality

In a recent paper, researchers have shown that all immature cells that will become gut cells, can develop into stem cells. Partially funded by INTENS, the findings could help improve stem cell therapy. Stem cells are found throughout our bodies and play a lead role in repairing and renewing our tissues and organs. For example, stem cells in our gut make new gut lining cells to replenish old ones. Up to now, it was thought that whether or not an…

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Enthusing families with stem cell biology at Cambridge Science Festival

Enthusing families with stem cell biology at Cambridge Science Festival As part of the energetic “Cambridge UK Crew”, scientists from INTENS participated in the Cambridge Science Festival on the 24th March 2019 at the Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology.  The Cambridge Science Festival is a yearly event that spans two weeks, with engagement from local scientists, academia, and biotech companies to share with the public the most recent advances in science and technology.  The last day of this two-week…

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INTENS project at the “Family Fun Day”

On Saturday 23rd October, over 300 visitors enjoyed an array of fun and hands-on activities at the annual Family Fun Day at Great Ormond St Hospital. INTENS consortium organised activities explaining how to create organs in the lab, skilfully led by the researchers themselves, opening up the opportunity for dialogue about the work of the consortium and being a scientist. Among the different activities the visitors enjoyed, there were a virtual reality tool allowing ‘to see the organs inside their…

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INTENS partners come together for General Assembly

On Friday 28th September, INTENS partners met in London at The Francis Crick Institute to discuss progress and forge directions. The multi-disciplinary and highly collaborative project team presented scientific progress and used combined expertise to outline the next steps. During the richly productive meeting, INTENS partners also discussed the public engagement work of the consortium and had the opportunity to talk with the family of a patient affected by Short Bowel Syndrome, the condition that INTENS work is journeying towards…

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Bringing the work of INTENS to schools

A creative and fun workshop about the intestine and how INTENS aims to re-construct it using stem cells has been developed by University of Edinburgh student Eleanor Mocatta. Her 3-month long project saw her working with INTENS science engagement manager, Dr Cathy Southworth, and INTENS researchers to conceive and test a school workshop for students aged 9-14. The workshop was designed to communicate the research in a fun, engaging, and interactive manner to young people and teachers. To date, 25…

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‘Interesting Intestine’ at the Edinburgh International Science Festival

INTENS’ research was presented to 834 members of the public during one of the largest science festivals in the world – Edinburgh International Science Festival. Over two days in April,  the “secrets” of the intestine were disclosed to a wide range of people from 3 to 80 years old. Games, activities and conversations illustrated that the intestine is composed of different types of cell, and highlighted how stem cells form these cells and how INTENS researchers are creating intestine in the lab.…

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INTENS partners participated in ” I Am Research” campaign

Yesterday INTENS partners from UCL and Francis Crick Institute teamed together to reveal their research to over 50 children, their families and teachers at Great Ormond St Hospital in London, as part of the NIHR’s “I Am Research“ campaign, a curated trail of activities weaved through the hospital. Creating a lens for the curious to discover more about the cutting edge medical research that might one day lead to better treatments, INTENS scientists offered a science conversation at Super Stem Cells,…

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INTENS participating in the “Hydra XIII” Summer School

The “Hydra XIII” Summer School provided a critical analysis of contemporary issues in stem cell biology. During the in-depth, week-long programme, participants  attended lectures and workshops on: The biology of stem cells – embryonic, fetal and adult systems Plasticity, epigenetic regulation, signaling and niche Clinical applications and clinical trials Ethics and patents in stem cell research. Dr. Kim Jensen (from the University of Copenhagen) was one of the key organisers. Two students, Else Driehuis from KNAW and Alfonso Tedeschi from UCL, participated…

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