Dear All,

We want to update you with the latest news about our CORE. First of all, we would like to offer our congratulations to Dr Iain Allan who has successfully completed the INTERREG 2 Seas project known with the acronym DERMA. Iain was supported by other University of Brighton researchers throughout the project, but a significant contribution was given by Mrs Rachel Forss and Dr Dipak Saker. The project was closed by a final event where an impressive video recapping the project achievements was shown. You can watch it here.

The event also included two round tables on the topic of wound dressings. This success story comes with a note of sadness as Iain will leave the University of Brighton at the end of the year. He will remain an associate member of our CORE and we hope we will soon be able to enjoy new collaborations with him. I am sure you all want to join me in thanking Iain for his excellent contribution to the CRMD through his research on biomaterials.

Congratulations also to Dr Valeria Perugini for securing the Shepperd’s Fellowship. This is a generous philanthropic donation given to our Centre by Mr John Shepperd. John is a retired orthopaedic surgeon who is very keen to promote investigation about the factors leading to the degeneration of the intervertebral disc (IVD). The 12-months project will focus on the development of a clinically-reflective in vitro model that aims not only to study the degenerative process of the IVD, but also to enable the training of surgeons and the planning of surgery. Valeria will be supported by Dr Derek Covill with his expertise in 3D printing, Dr Nick Dowell providing data of clinical imaging and myself contributing with my expertise in biomimetic biomaterials. Mr John Shepperd will play an active role in the team with his clinical experience.

The Management Board of the CRMD evaluated the proposals submitted to the annual call for a pump-priming grant. Thank you to all the colleagues who submitted a proposal. We are pleased to announce that the £8.5k grant for the academic year 2020/21 has been awarded to Dr Nadia Terrazzini to support the project entitled: ‘A novel ultrasensitive Fluorescence-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (FLISA) for the monitoring of immune responses to SARS-COV-2’. The project includes the collaboration with industry and has the potential to make a significant impact on the fight against COVID-19. Congratulations to both Nadia and Dr Cheryl Collins who will support the development of this novel diagnostic.

Finally, the Management Board would like to invite all members and associate members of the CRMD to join a Virtual Get Together Event on 15th January from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. We would like to encourage you all to present your research and/or research plans by a rapid-fire presentation of 3 min, no more than 5 slides. Sara Redford will circulate the link after the Christmas break. We would be grateful if you could pre-record your presentation and submit it by no later than 10 January 2020.

You can easily produce an mp4 video using either Powerpoint or Zoom.

Wishing you a peaceful festive time – Stay safe!

Prof Matteo Santin, Director

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