Utrecht University (UU)

Utrecht University (UU)

Utrecht University (UU)
Universiteitsweg 99
3584 CG
Utrecht
The Netherlands

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Dr. Tina Vermonden

Dr. Tina Vermonden

Phone: +31-620291631

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Prof. Dr. Wim Hennink

Prof. Dr. Wim Hennink
Professor/Head of department

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Prof. Dr. René Van Weeren

Prof. Dr. René Van Weeren
Professor/Head of department

Phone: +31 30 2531062
Fax: +31 30 2537970

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MSc Anna Abbadessa

MSc Anna Abbadessa
PhD student

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Institute presentation

The department of Pharmaceutics, Utrecht University, the Netherlands, has a proven track record in the field of biodegradable hydrogels for biomedical and pharmaceutical applications. Extensive in vitro studies and introductory pre-clinical studies have shown promising results that encourage their further evaluation for tissue engineering applications. The hydrogel research team is headed by prof. Wim Hennink (~350 papers, h-index = 64, 49 graduated PhD students) and Dr. Tina Vermonden (44 papers, h-index = 17). They recently published a comprehensive review in Chemical Reviews (2012) on hydrogels. The department actively participated in number of European projects and coordinated the FP7 Meditrans programme (2006-2011) and is currently the academic coordinator of the FP7 IMI-Compact consortium.

The Department of Equine Sciences is part of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University and belongs to the top 5 in the world. It is internationally recognised as one of the world’s leading institutions with respect to equine orthopaedics. In addition, it is, together with the Royal Veterinary College (UK), Massey University (New Zealand) and Colorado State University (USA) one of the founders of the Global Equine Research Alliance. The department focuses a large part of its research efforts on fundamental and translationally relevant aspects of articular cartilage (including both biochemical and structural zonal aspects) and synovial fluid analysis, in close collaboration with human top institutes in the field, among which #05 UMCU is an important partner. Prof. René van Weeren (200 papers and book chapters, h-index = 18, 24 graduated PhD students, leader of the Utrecht Equine orthopaedics research group) is a board-certified equine surgeon and has an extensive track record in cartilage research. He was the first in the world to publish a paper on depth-related (zonal) biochemical characteristics of equine cartilage. He further is one of the leading authorities on equine biomechanics and an associate editor of Equine Veterinary Journal, the world’s leading equine scientific journal.