Regenerative Medicine Utrecht


From Bench to Bedside and Back

A course about the challenges of getting your research into the clinics with Laura Creemers and Simon Mastbergen as course leaders.

During one of the first real spring weeks of the year, the B2B&B course started in the UCK building at the Domplein. This first day was very diverse, with lectures about regenerative medicine from many different departments, ranging from curing diabetes, to the regeneration of joint and bone tissues, to urogenital regenerative medicine and heart valve regeneration. At the end of the day important aspects of regenerative medicine such as ethics and the views of patients were addressed. These topics, although not as often discussed as would be preferred, are very relevant for the field of regenerative medicine. Today they were discussed with the help of ethics professor Annelien Bredenoord and with a patient that underwent knee joint distraction and her orthopedic surgeon Roel Custers. As this program was jointly coordinated with the Erasmus + partnership project, the day was concluded with a lovely meal at Kartoffel and the possibility to get to know our foreign colleagues from Germany, Turkey, Italy and the UK.
During the rest of the week, lectures about (mesenchymal) stem cells and organoids were alternated with lectures about animal models and the reproducibility of clinical trials. In addition, the RMU students and the Erasmus+ students had to work together to solve an ethical dilemma about a job offer in an exotic country. Although the fulfillment of this assignment itself produced some challenges for most people, in the end most problems were solved. This resulted in hilarious, very creative movies, of which you might got a sneak preview on Thursday.
In summary, it was a very interesting week with a large diversity of very knowledgeable speakers (although mainly in the musculoskeletal field due to the special interest of the Erasmus+ group) with in addition very interesting discussions about the ethics and reproducibility of clinical trials and research in general.

Michelle Teunissen
PhD Candidate, Division of Orthopaedics & Neurosurgery,
Dept. of Clinical Sciences of Companion Animals
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine