The programme ended in December 2018.
The TECAS Initial Training Network (TECAS-ITN) integrates the major European investigators and experts in the field of cardiovascular tissue engineering (TE) and regenerative medicine (RM), with a view to establishing a European Doctoral Academy in Regenerative Engineering. The aim of the Doctoral Academy is to facilitate the cross-disciplinary and intersectorial training of Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) in the field, by consolidating the extensive multidisciplinary experience in training and research of its academic, clinical and industrial Partners. The TECAS-ITN focuses on the clinical needs of cardiac valve replacement/repair, myocardium reconstruction and patch graft angioplasty of the great blood vessels, with a view to developing the underpinning expertise and technology for manufacturing cardiovascular TE implants for clinical use. The TECAS-ITN hosts 13 Marie Currie ESR Fellows at 6 different Partner Institutions, each performing an individual research project that is placed along the innovation pipeline of a number of TE products/technologies from basic science to translational research.
The TECAS-ITN is a consortium of 5 academic/clinical, 2 industrial and 1 regulatory agency Partners with wide expertise in basic science, clinical research, translation and standardisation of TE technologies:
Hannover Medical School (Coordinator)
RWTH Aachen University and Hospital
Eindhoven University of Technology
University of Padua
University of Patras
Textile Technology Transfer GmbH
British Standards Institute
In addition to their research projects, the training of the Doctoral Fellows is complemented by project-specific Exchange secondments to other TECAS-ITN Partners collaborating on a specific Fellowship, Clinical secondments to the organ banks of the clinical Partners, Industrial secondment to the industrial Partners and Laboratory secondments to academic institution outside TECAS-ITN, as well as through an extensive curriculum of academic and transferable skills courses and workshops, and public engagement activities. The Fellows will also be awarded specialist certificates, based on their individual training, which will be recognised and endorsed by all academic and industrial Partners.
There were 2 rounds of recruitment for the 13 Doctoral Fellowships. The application deadline for the first cohort of Fellowships was the 31st of March 2013, whereas the application deadline for the second cohort of Fellowships was the 30th June 2013
TECAS-ITN & European Doctoral Academy Director
Dr Sotiris Korossis
Lower Saxony Centre for Biomedical Engineering, Implant Research and Development
Department of Cardiothoracic, Transplantation and Vascular Surgery
Hannover Medical School
Feodor-Lynen-Straße 31, Hannover, 30625, Germany
Tel: +49 511 532 8258