STARSTEM researchers exhibit at popular Cambridge Science Festival

Will Hotham, PhD candidate at the  University of Cambridge in the Division of Trauma and Orthopedic Surgery at Addenbrooke's Hospital explains the STARSTEM exhibition at the recent Cambridge Science Festival which ran from March 11-24, 2019. PI Dr Frances Henson, Mr Stephen McDonnell, Dr Joshua Kaggie and William Hotham created and managed the public exhibition: FROM STEEL TO STEM CELLS: THE FUTURE OF ORTHOPAEDIC SURGERY? “I would say there were about 1,000 people who attended our stall. This is a broad estimate. Everyone seemed very interested! We explained using a STARSTEM poster that outlines the project work. The parents/adults seemed very interested in the work. We asked the children who [...]

March 27th, 2019|Dissemination, University News|

Partner publication: Vipul Gujrati publication on Cancer Imaging in Nature Communications

Dr Vipul Gujrati and the team at TUM have published an article on optoacoustic imaging using bioengineered bacterial vesicles as a contrast enhancement medium.The team used outer membrane vesicles (OMVs), which are vesicles, or structures, that are released from the bacteria. They are released from the outer membranes of bacteria and can transport various cargo such as proteins, enzymes, and toxins, and signaling molecules, and they enable bacteria to communicate with the environment around them.In their paper, entitled "Bioengineered bacterial vesicles as biological nano-heaters for optoacoustic imaging", Vipul's team customised OMVs to carry a package that could help enhance optoacoustic imaging - specifically they packaged [...]

March 11th, 2019|Dissemination, STARSTEM|

L’Università di Genova PIs organise “Research Challenges for Clinical Application of MSCs” meeting

As part of the Italian Mesenchymal Stem Cell Group (GISM) at the University of Genoa, our STARSTEM partners Drs Milena Mastrogiacomo and Chiara Gentili, and their colleagues are organizing a conference on the 4th and 5th of April 2019: "Research Challenges for Clinical Application of MSCs". The two-day meeting will take place at the Centro Congressi IST Nord - Ospedale Policlinico San Martino in Genoa. The Italian Mesenchymal Stem Cell Group (GISM) was formed in October 2014 by 53 founding members, most of whom are researchers from the most important Italian universities and research associations. At present, GISM includes several honoured, honorary, and supportive members. The main purpose of GISM [...]

March 6th, 2019|Dissemination, News, STARSTEM, University News|

Knowledge Transfer: Defining requirements for multimodality co-registration techniques

In order to start developing multimodal co-registration techniques, optoacoustic and MRI data were acquired for the same object. At iThera in Munich, Germany on the 14th of February 2019, Dr Thomas Sardella, Senior Application Specialist at iThera Scientific (ItS) met with Drs Vipul Gujrati and Jaber Malekzadeh from the Technical University of Munich, (TUM).  The purpose was to image Thomas' hand using an Acuity imaging system and an MSOT inVision 256-TF small animal imaging system. They used multiple hand and transducer orientations. Both optoacoustic imaging systems (Acuity and inVision) have a concave transducer array which acquires optoacoustic signals and naturally co-registers reflective ultrasound computed tomography (RUCT) signals displaying [...]

February 28th, 2019|Dissemination, Knowledge transfer, News|

STARSTEM at the Cambridge Science Festival 2019

University of Cambridge researchers will showcase STARSTEM at the Cambridge Science Festival which runs from March 11- 24th 2019. PI Dr Frances Henson, Dr Joshua Kaggie and William Hotham have created and will manage the public exhibition on Sunday, March 24th entitled: FROM STEEL TO STEM CELLS: THE FUTURE OF ORTHOPAEDIC SURGERY? Dr Frances Henson is an orthopaedic veterinary surgeon and expert in large-animal studies at the University of Cambridge. Dr Joshua Kaggie is an MRI physicist at the University of Cambridge who is developing novel imaging biomarkers for osteoarthritis. Will Hotham is a PhD student working on the STARSTEM project. View the entire Cambridge Science [...]

February 27th, 2019|Dissemination, News, University News|

STARSTEM shines at SPIE Photonics West meeting in San Francisco

Dr Sergey Alexandrov and Prof Martin Leahy, both of the Tissue Optics & Microcirculation Imaging Group, (TOMI) NUI Galway presented STARSTEM findings at the International Society for Optics and Photonics' BiOS 2019 meeting which took place  2-7 February 2019 in San Francisco, USA. STARSTEM  - optimizing nanostars for stem cell tracking presented by Martin J. Leahy on 2 February 2019 Functional imaging with light and sound including microcirculation presented byMartin J. Leahy on 2 February 2019 Ultra-sensitive label free imaging below the resolution limit presented by Sergey Alexandrov on 3 February 2019  Label free imaging and sub-voxel sensing of biological structures presented byMartin J. Leahy on 3 February 2019 With 2,500 papers and presentations, SPIE [...]

February 13th, 2019|Conference presentation, Dissemination, Knowledge transfer, News|

STARSTEM plenary meeting hosted by ICFO, Barcelona

The STARSTEM partners assembled in Barcelona for a plenary meeting hosted by PI Prof. Romain Quidant and his team at ICFO. The meeting was held on January 10th and January 11th 2019. Coordinator Martin Leahy of NUI Galway and Romain Quidant opened the meeting, welcoming the team and highlighting the achievements of the team over the first year of the project. The STARSTEM nanostar has been optimized to help ensure that it will work as a suitable and effective contrast agent when tracking our cells. Batches of the nanostar have already been produced for use in our research studies. Having discussed nanostar production, the topic [...]

February 12th, 2019|Plenary meeting, STARSTEM|

Coordinator Leahy inspires the next generation of stem cell scientists with a multidisciplinary approach

On Thursday afternoon, 31 January 2019, Prof Martin Leahy, STARSTEM Coordinator facilitated an interactive lecture at the National University of Ireland Galway which was arranged as part of a series of inspiring talks for the Master of Sciences in Cellular Manufacturing and Therapy course. Martin's talk: "STARSTEM: Reaching for the stars to drive stem cell therapy" was well-received and more than 50 staff and students attended the talk. Dami Arosomade, a student in and Class Representative of the MSc in Cellular Manufacturing and Therapy course remarked: "His lecture was very enlightening and provided a deeper insight into the role that physics can play in cellular therapy. I found [...]

January 31st, 2019|Dissemination, Knowledge transfer, News|

Sergey Alexandrov presents STARSTEM at MSI 2019, Dublin

NUI Galway TOMI researcher Dr Sergey Alexandrov presented at the Microscopy Society of Ireland 2019 meeting which took place at the University College Dublin on January 15th and 16th, 2019. The body of work presented by Sergey at this annual meeting included STARSTEM findings. The presentation was entitled "Label free microscopy with sub-diffraction resolution and nano-sensitivity" with authorship by Sergey Alexandrov,1,* James McGrath,1 Colin J. R. Sheppard,2 Francesca Boccafoschi,3 Cinzia Giannini,4 Teresa Sibillano,4 Hrebesh Subhash,5Josh Hogan,6 and Martin Leahy.1 The MSI Winter Symposium 2019 brought together microscopy users and specialists across a broad spectrum of the life, physical, and instrumental sciences from across Ireland. Encompassing microscopy in all its diverse forms, the [...]

January 28th, 2019|Conference presentation, Dissemination, News|

U of Cambridge’s Josh Kaggie on Festival of Genomics’ life sciences data handling panel

On Thursday, January 24, 2019, STARSTEM researcher Dr Joshua Kaggie of the University of Cambridge will participate in a panel discussion at the Festival of Genomics in London, U.K. The 30-minute session entitled 'The Rapidly Emerging Role of AI in Handling Increased Volumes of Unstructured Data' will take place at the Business Design Centre, Theatre 3 from 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM. It is expected that more than 2000 people will be in attendance. Significant efforts are being made within the life sciences sector to ensure that data is structured properly. Unless data is structured, it cannot be found (discovered), queried (integrated) or used for analysis or interpretation. This session [...]

January 17th, 2019|Dissemination, News, University News|

Coordinator Martin Leahy, NUI Galway presents STARSTEM in India

STARSTEM Coordinator Prof Martin Leahy of the Tissue Optics and Microcirculation Imaging (TOMI) Lab at the National University of Ireland Galway was an invited lecturer at the Indian Institute of Science Education And Research Kolkata, and at the Cochin University of Science & Technology (CUSAT). Martin’s talk was entitled “Reaching for the stars to drive stem cell therapy”. The two lectures took place in January 2019 in Mohanpur, West Bengal and in Kuttanad, Alleppey, India, respectively. More than 170 members of the scientific research community were in attendance.      

January 9th, 2019|Dissemination, News, STARSTEM|

STARSTEM findings presented by Prof Leahy, NUI Galway at ICOBSI, Florence

STARSTEM Coordinator Prof Martin Leahy of the Tissue Optics and Microcirculation Imaging (TOMI) Lab at the National University of Ireland Galway will deliver a plenary talk at the International Conference on Bio-Sensing and Imaging (ICOBSI). The meeting is taking place on the 17th-19th of December 2018 in Florence, Italy. This meeting is supported by NANOMAX. Martin's talk entitled “Imaging strategies for stem cell tracking in large animals and humans”will be part of the "Molecular & cellular imaging and mechanisms” session on Tuesday, the 18 of December, 09.00-11.00.

December 12th, 2018|Conference presentation, Dissemination, News, STARSTEM|

Knowledge transfer: Surgical techniques from U of Cambridge to TUM

Two researchers from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) recently visited the University of Cambridge's Division of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery (DTOS) in the Department of Surgery, Department of Veterinary Medicine to learn new surgical techniques as part of the STARSTEM project.  From left to right, TUM researchers Uwe Klemm and Pia Anzenhofer in the laboratory with Will Hotham, PhD student from the University of Cambridge. While in Cambridge, Pia and Uwe also visited The Eagle pub where the double helix structure of DNA was confirmed and tried fish and chips for the first time. Unfortunately, they also got the best of the English weather as it poured rain all day!

October 30th, 2018|Knowledge transfer, News|

iThera’s MSOT technology: Optoacoustics in Medicine

Prof Malini Olivo’s group in A*STAR , Singapore, produced an informative video to highlight their recent research activities with iThera’s Multispectral Optoacoustic Tomography (MSOT) and Raster-Scanning Optoacoustic Mesoscopy (RSOM) technologies. The short film was released in conjunction with the announcement of the Singapore BioImaging Consortium (SBIC) - iThera Medical Imaging Centre partnership. The video demonstrates several case studies using optoacoustics which will also be adopted within STARSTEM to monitor tissue healing. We congratulate our partner iThera Medical on the opening of the joint Singapore BioImaging Consortium (SBIC) - iThera Medical Imaging Centre! SBIC is one of ten research institutes of the Biomedical Research Council under [...]

October 3rd, 2018|Knowledge transfer, News|

PI Prof Frank Barry gives keynote at Zoobiquity Colorado conference

On October 5 and 6, 2018, Zoobiquity Colorado: Connecting Human and Animal Health through Regenerative Medicine will take place. Here, STARSTEM PI Prof Frank Barry of the Regenerative Medicine Institute at the National University of Ireland Galway will deliver a keynote presentation, ‘Cell Strategies for Arthritic Disease’. Zoobiquity Colorado aims to uncover the astonishing connection between human and animal health by highlighting laboratory and clinical research of human and veterinary investigators and fostering future collaboration across disciplines.

September 26th, 2018|Conference presentation, STARSTEM|

Prof Frank Barry takes STARSTEM on the road

STARSTEM PI Professor Frank Barry of the Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI) at NUI Galway has had a busy 2018 thus far. He has organised and been invited to present at several conferences, provide keynote talks and lead seminars around the world raising the profile of STARSTEM internationally within academic and industrial circles. Here is a list of events: Speaker on August 17 2018: Georgia Tech CMaT Annual Retreat, Madison WI, USA Invited Seminar on July 23 2018: Colorado State University Veterinary Orthopaedic Centre Fort Collins, CO, USA Keynote Speaker on July 6 2018: Whitaker Bioengineering Symposium, Galway, Ireland Keynote Speaker; Conference and workshop organiser on [...]

September 4th, 2018|Conference presentation, Knowledge transfer, STARSTEM|

STARSTEM consortium meets in Genoa

  All STARSTEM partners assembled in Genoa for a 6-month meeting hosted by PIs Dr Chiara Gentili of the University of Genoa (UNIGE) and Dr Milena Mastrogiacomo of Biorigen (BIO). The meeting was held over 2 days, July 19th and 20th, 2018. New team members Jaber Malekzadeh Najafabadi (TUM), Arantxa Albornoz (ICFO, and Marta Nardini and Simonetta Carluccio (both from UNIGE) were present and introduced to the partners. Progress updates and future plans were presented. Action points were reiterated by Coordinator Martin Leahy of NUI Galway and the meeting concluded with an open discussion about the next steps to be taken. ICFO have agreed to host the [...]

August 1st, 2018|Plenary meeting, STARSTEM|


As an invited speaker, NUI Galway Regenerative Medicine Institute PI Mary Murphy presented STARSTEM at the CÚRAM Centre for Research in Medical Devices annual retreat which took place on June 20, 2018, in Naas, Co Kildare in Ireland. CÚRAM supports industry from basic scientific research, through translational preclinical and clinical development, into regulatory and commercialisation readiness. The CÚRAM Centre is coordinated at NUI Galway but has partners spanning Ireland.

Dr Joshua Kaggie presents STARSTEM studies at ISMRM-ESMRMB meeting in Paris

          Dr Joshua Kaggie, a post-doctoral researcher, of the University of Cambridge will present a large body of research at The International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM)-  European Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Biology (ESMRMB) conference in Paris which runs from 16-21 of June 2018. Dr Kaggie is an author or co-author of eleven accepted abstracts (four of which are talks), joint with Dr Frances Henson and Dr Martin Graves of the University of Cambridge. Notably, Josh's abstract entitled "Magnetic Resonance Tracking of Iron-Labeled Stem Cells After Osteochondral Defect in Ovine Model" presents results from several studies which will [...]

June 12th, 2018|Conference presentation, STARSTEM|

STARSTEM is presented at SPIE Photonics West Exhibition 2018, San Francisco

VJ Raghavan of the Tissue Optics and Microcirculation Imaging (TOMI) Lab at the National University of Ireland Galway presented STARSTEM at the SPIE Bios Photonics West conference which ran from 27 January- 1 February 2018 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California, USA. Photonics West is the largest laser, photonics, and biomedical optics conference. This year it attracted 23,000 attendees, six well-known symposia, and 4,900 R&D presentations which covered a wide range of papers on biomedical optics, biophotonics, translational research, industrial lasers, 3D printing, optoelectronics and microfabrication. Read more about VJ's presentation entitled "Plasmonic gold nanostars for biomedical imaging and theranostic applications" here.

May 1st, 2018|Conference presentation|

ICFO- NUIG TOMI knowledge transfer in Barcelona: not all fine weather and paella

‘Hola, ¿cómo estás?’, ‘muy bien’, ‘buenos dias', 'buenas noches’.... With such a “wide range” of Spanish vocabulary, I was excited when we partnered with ICFO (The Institute of Photonic Sciences) for the STARSTEM proposal. I knew, rather was hoping, I would get a chance to visit Barcelona to get a bit of much-needed Vitamin-D that is in “trophies won by the Liverpool FC in recent past”-level short supply in the soon-to-be European Capital of Culture, Galway City. Oh yea, also to get some work done at Romain’s (Quidant) Nano-optics lab! What did I do there? In between long lays and strolls on the beach, I [...]

April 19th, 2018|Knowledge transfer, STARSTEM|

STARSTEM Kick-Off Meeting

STARSTEM kicks off in Galway A two-day kick-off meeting took place on January 17th and 18th at the National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway’s north campus. The meeting was hosted by the project Coordinator, Prof. Martin Leahy and post-doctoral researcher V. J. Raghavan of the Tissue Optics and Microcirculation Imaging (TOMI) group. All partner organizations were in attendance: the Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI) at NUI Galway, Universitá degli Studi di Genova, Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM), University of Cambridge, Fundacio Institut de Ciencies Fotoniques (ICFO), Ithera Medical GmbH, Pintail Limited, and Biorigen SRL. The STARSTEM team gathers at NUI Galway. Herein, partners [...]

January 18th, 2018|STARSTEM|

In the news: STARSTEM media coverage

STARSTEM in the media STARSTEM featured across Irish media in late November 2017, after securing funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020.  The project was featured on the web and in print after distribution of the NUIG press release (Irish Examiner, Irish Tech News, as well as multiple national newspapers) as well as on the EC Radio Ireland podcast. Ruth Deasy of the EU Commission says the award is a major boost for the reputation of NUIG. "NUIG will be leading a team of European universities at this cutting-edge project which is imaging for stem cell therapy, focusing very much on [...]

January 10th, 2018|STARSTEM|

STARSTEM: A Novel Imaging Platform for Regenerative Medicine

Welcome to the new STARSTEM website The European Commission has awarded a €6 million project grant to our consortium, led by Professor Martin Leahy of the Tissue Optics and Microcirculation Imaging (TOMI) group at NUI Galway, to develop a novel imaging platform for regenerative medicine. This new project will allow researchers and eventually, doctors, to detect and measure the healing effects of novel stem cell therapies, even where they occur under the skin. Professor Martin Leahy, Coordinator of STARSTEM and the Director of TOMI at NUI Galway. Regenerative medicine and stem cell therapies provide unique opportunities for treating a wide range of [...]

January 7th, 2018|STARSTEM|