Attended events

DRIVE Expert Advisory Board and General Assembly meeting held in RCSI Dublin

DRIVE Expert Advisory Board and General Assembly meeting held in RCSI Dublin

The DRIVE project is over half way through, and approaching a critical stage of development for the diabetes reversing implant technologies. As such, it was a good time to get expert advice from leaders in the fields of cell therapy, devices, trials, regulation and finance to maximise the outputs from future project work. DRIVE's Expert Advisory Board were invited to RCSI Dublin, where after hearing a review of the project achievements and future work plans, they provided feedback and recommendations to the DRIVE General Assembly. The External Advisory Board was composed of Prof Paul de Vos (Professor of Immunoendocrinology, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Groningen), Dr Jeffrey Millman (Assistant Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Engineering, School of Medicine, Washington University in St. Louis), Dr Albert Hwa (Operations Director at Joslin Diabetes Center and Lecturer, Harvard Medical School), Dr Georgina Murphy (Investment Associate, Atlantic Bridge Capital) and Dr Niamh Curran (Pharmaceutical Assessor, Health Products Regulatory Authority).

DRIVE Patient Panel 2 held in Milan

DRIVE Patient Panel 2 held in Milan

The DRIVE project's 2nd Patient Panel event was hosted by partner Niguarda Ca 'Granda Hospital in Milan. The panel discussion, which was attended by around 200 diabetes patients and stakeholders was organised by DRIVE partner INNOVA in collaboration with Nigurda and included research talks by the leading Italian experts in Type 1 diabetes and islet transplantation research. Speakers included Prof Camillo Ricordi (Director of the Miami Diabetes Research Institute), Prof Federico Bertuzzi (Islet Transplantation Programme Coordinator, Niguarda Hospital, Milan), Prof Lorenzo Piemonti (Director of Diabetes Institute, San Raffaele Hospital, Milan) and Prof Paul Johnson (Director of the Oxford Islet Trasplant Programme, UK). The DRIVE project, which aims to develop smart living biomaterial implants to reverse diabetes, was presented by Dr Fabio Ugolini, who is responsible for DRIVE technology transfer at partner INNOVA. San Raffaele Diabetes Institute researcher Dr Valeria Sordi gave a talk on her work on future stem cell sources of insulin producing cells, which may overcome problems associated with donor pancreas supply. DKL and DRIVE's Liam Burke was also on the panel and answered questions from the audience on the DRIVE project. The event was facilitated by Francesca Ulivi, a journalist and television producer from Milan who also has Type 1 diabetes. The attendees filled out questionnaires on the DRIVE project which may influence project technolgy design.

IPITA 2017

IPITA 2017

This year's IPITA has been held in Oxford, hosted by DRIVE partner University of Oxford. The International Pancreas and Islet Transplantation Association aims to serve the pancreas and islet transplant scientific community in providing a forum for the open exchange of knowledge and expertise in order to facilitate the advancement of the clinical practice of pancreas and islet transplantation for the treatment of human diabetes.

DRIVE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

DRIVE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

DRIVE held it's month 22 General Assembly meeting from March 23-24th 2017 at one of the oldest Universities in Europe, Utrecht University, Netherlands. The main focus of the meeting was planning the preclinical studies to test DRIVE's "ß-System" diabetes reversing implants.

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Winter School: training event

Winter School: training event

The DRIVE project in association with sister EU projects AMCARE and NEXTorganised a Winter School training event: "Translational Reality of Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products (ATMPs)" in the Galway Bay Hotel from November 28th – December 1st 2016. All three projects are focused on the development of ATMPs (cell therapy products).

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DRIVE's Patient Panel

DRIVE's Patient Panel

At the DRIVE Patient Panel in Dublin diabetes patients or parents/spouses of diabetes patients discussed the potential risks, benefits, challenges and opportunities for DRIVE’s β-System diabetes reversing implant technology with...

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Free public lecture from DRIVE clinical experts: RCSI MyHealth

Free public lecture from DRIVE clinical experts: RCSI MyHealth

The Rise and Rise of Diabetes in Ireland - Is it something that should worry us all? The first RCSI MyHealth lectures took place on 3rd March 2016 and this three-part public talk was entitled "The Rise and Rise of Diabetes in Ireland". This session is introduced by Rise and Rise of Diabetes in Ireland...

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Dr. Garry Duffy presented DRIVE at the 3U Partnership Diabetes Research Conference

Dr. Garry Duffy presented DRIVE at the 3U Partnership Diabetes Research Conference

Islet transplantation, a treatment not currently available for people with type 1 diabetes in Ireland, was a major focus of the Fourth Annual 3U Partnership International Diabetes Conference entitled ‘Current Challenges in Diabetes Research’ which took place at RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) in Dublin...

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DRIVE at The Diabetes Experience day

DRIVE at The Diabetes Experience day

Prof. José Luis Pedraz (CIBER BBN) presented the DRIVE project at "The Diabetes Experience day" that will take place on 13 February 2016 in Madrid (Spain). This is the first global meeting where the Diabetes patient is the protagonist.

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DRIVE at IPITA 2015

DRIVE at IPITA 2015

Garry Duffy (RCSI, DRIVE's Coordinator) and Eoin O'Cearbhaill (UCD, DRIVE PI) presented on behalf of DRIVE at IPITA joint conference in Melbourne...

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DRIVE General Assembly 2015

DRIVE General Assembly 2015

The DRIVE General Assembly was held at UCD - Dublin mid-October 2015. Great progress has been made already since the project started in June 2015!

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DRIVE Outreach Event - Discover Research Dublin 2015

DRIVE Outreach Event - Discover Research Dublin 2015

On the evening of the 25th September 2015, DRIVE researchers have taken part in Discover Research Dublin 2015, an interactive night of free public engagement events on wide variety of research themes. The event took place at the O'Reilly Institute / Hamilton Building, Trinity College Dublin – Dublin, Ireland

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     This project has received funding from the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. Grant agreement No 645991