At the beginning of March 2017, Dr. Francesco Pampaloni, of the Goethe University Frankfurt, the LSFM4LIFE coordinator, visited three of the biggest paediatric hospitals and clinical research centers in Italy. The purpose of his venue was to inform paediatricians of the solutions LSFM4LIFE aims to bring to T1D patients using cellular therapy with adult stem cells.
Dr. Pampaloni started his visits by going to the Research Center of the Bambino Gesù Children Hospital in Rome. There, he was hosted by Dr. Andrea Masotti, head of the Gene Expression and Microarrays Laboratory. On the 14th of March he did a talk at the Meyer Children Hospital in Florence, accompanied by Dr. Sonia Toni and Dr. Lorenzo Lenzi from the Paediatric Diabetology ward. Finally, on the last day he went to the Policlinico Hospital in Milan, hosted by Lorenza Lazzari, R&D director of the Cell Factory of Fondazione IRCCS, also a partner of the LSFM4LIFE project.
Informing about new solutions against T1D
The audience at all three talks was composed of scientists and medical doctors. Most of the attendees were aware of the current studies about induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) that are used to generate beta-cells.
However, most of the participants didn’t know about the organoid technology. Therefore, the main objective have been successfully accomplished, as it was to increase the awareness of scientists working in a clinical environment toward the LSFM4LIFE project. The second goal was to start establishing a network for future multicentre clinical trials. As the three institutions that Dr. Pampaloni visited are European centres of excellence for this type of clinical studies and have a cutting-edge infrastructure, this objective has been met as well.
Dr. Francesco Pampaloni (second from the right) with Dr. Andrea Masotti and his group
Dr. Francesco Pampaloni won’t stop here, he is programming to give those talks in other excellent European institutions, in order to reach the same goals. The next country in 2017 will be Germany.
*Facts about the three different hospitals*
- Bambino Gesù Children Hospital founded inn 1889, is the largest paediatric policlinic and research centre in Europe. It has a focus on the close cooperation between scientists and clinicians. The research laboratories performs both basic and translational research, in the fields of immunology, oncology, rare diseases, neurosciences, cellular therapy.
- Meyer Children Hospital, founded in Florence in 1884 is one of the oldest child health care institution. They are involved in research: from the surgical department which is applying paediatric micro-invasive and robotic surgery, to the medical department who is focused on new treatment and early diagnosis of metabolic and immunological diseases.
- Ca’ Granda Policlinico Hospital in Milan was founded in 1456 and is one of the most renowned public biomedical and clinical research institute in Italy. During over five centuries of history, the activity of the hospital was supported by generous patronages, whose over 900 portraits represent an unique art gallery. The patrimony of the hospital, administered by a foundation, include 85 million square meters of land in lombardy and 1390 residential units.