University of Cambridge – Senior Internships for Interdisciplinary Research

The scheme is aimed at suitably qualified post-doctoral candidates with backgrounds in the physical sciences (incl. engineering, mathematics and computer sciences) who wish to gain experience in the application of their research to solve problems in the basic biological and biomedical sciences.

The internships are intended to provide opportunities for award holders to gain experience in applying biological approaches, and/or apply novel theoretical or experimental techniques from the physical sciences to address biological problems. In addition, it is hoped that this scheme will foster longer-term collaborations between Principal Investigators from the physical and life sciences disciplines within the University of Cambridge.

Research projects must fall within the broad remit of the Wellcome Trust (see the attached advert for some examples of current research projects). The research must be undertaken in laboratories within the School of Biological Sciences ( or the School of Clinical Medicine (

Call details and the application form can also be found on the University of Cambridge’s Research Strategy Office Website.

Organisation details of M6 meeting in Faro (PT)

iONE-FP7_consortium_M6_FaroiONE-FP7 M6 partner meeting in Faro on 12-14th Novemeber – details in partner’s section:

Agenda of the meeting will follow soon.

Great success of the PluchinoLab & Friends Annual Retreat 2012 at Madingley Hall

Great success of the PluchinoLab Annual Retreat 2012 at Madingley Hall, Cambridge, UK on last 8-10 June.

The Retreat has registered total of 34 attendees from 6 Universities/Centers of Research that have shared their progresses on a number of key topics in regenerative neuroscience – including stem cell therapeutics, nanotechnology, polymer science and synthetic biology, and omic sciences – with the strong intent to strengthen previous collaborations and generate new ideas.

The location and the very pleasant atmosphere of the social dinner,  have been the perfect frame to celebrate with our closest friends and collaborators our second anniversary at Cambridge University. We very much looking forward to the second PluchinoLab & Friends Annual Retreat in 2013.

Pictures from the Retreat are available at

M6 meeting in November 2012

The 6th month I-ONE Meeting will be held at Faro, Algarve from 12th to 14th November 2012, noon to noon. More info about the Venue and hotels will be communicated by Henrique Leonel Gomes from Uni Algarve.

SAPIO Industry Award for Prof. Biscarini

The coordinator of the iONE_FP7 project received the Industry Award at the Sapio Award for Italian research, which was held Tuesday, June 5 at the Chapter House of the Senate. The Sapio award is encouraging innovation in the world of science, developing new content and identifying new pathways, providing an opportunity for scholars and researchers to translate their insights into important projects and practical applications. The aim is to raise awareness in citizens, the political, business and academic worlds regarding the importance of scientific research as a strategic factor for the “Italy System” and the quality of our lives.
The award is a qualified opportunity for the development of projects and cutting-edge achievements in the health, environmental, energy and, more generally, scientific sectors and a highly appreciable recognition to scientists who have developed studies on innovative applications. The awarded Prof. Fabio Biscarini is a Director of Research CNR-ISMN Bologna and Technical Director Scriba Nanotechnologies Ltd.


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First public presentation of iONE-FP7

European Foundation for Clinical NanomedicineThe first public presentation of AMID concept being developed at iONE-FP7 project has been presented at the 5th European Summit for Clinical Nanomedicine – held in Basel on May 9th 2012. This event was jointly organized by CLINAM and ETP Nanomedicine. The session for FP7 Nanomedicine projects contained two talks focussed on diagnostics and use of nanoparticles. The regenerative medicine was not only represented by iONE-FP7 project, but also by Prof. Dr. Jeffrey Hubbell, who presented large ongoing project ANGIOSCAFF. Novel medical implants for neuro-interfaces were presented by Dr. Philippe Bergonzo from CEA LIST as an aim of recently started project NEUROCARE.
The iONE-FP7 talk was due to unavailability of coordinator Prof. Fabio Biscarni delivered by the iONE-FP7 project manager Dr. Rudolf Frycek from Swiss consulting company AMIRES Sarl.

iONE-FP7 is kicked-off

The kick-off meeting led to the general agreement on the first substrates to study, the cellular sources and in vitro models to apply, as well as to the identification of the official logo of the iONE project. The greatest expectation (and challenge) of the iONE International Consortium is to develop next generation implantable nano-electronic devices for spinal cord regeneration. These devices should have long-term stability associated to high biocompatibility and biodegradability, and reduced risk of a host versus graft/implant immune responses. The device must also be able to mimic the local microenvironment for stem/precursor cell recruitment and differentiation. This requires the possibility to perform local stimulation with tunable electric fields, together with local delivery of growth factors, neurotransmitters, and drugs. The integration of highly sensitive transducers in the implanted device would finally allow monitoring the status of the regenerating nerve cells and controlling the local auto-immune inflammatory response. The 6-month iONE meeting will be held in Faro, Portugal, and organized by the University of Algarve (PI: Prof Henrique L. Gomes)

Kick-off meeting

Kick-off meeting of the project is planned for 2nd-3rd April in Bologna. The meeting is hosted by CNR and all WP leaders will present the activities for the first 12 months and the organizational aspects of the project will be also discussed.

Project start

The I-ONE FP7 project officially started 1st March 2012. The duration of this challenging project is 36 months and project end is expected 28th February 2015.