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H2020 WIDESPREAD-05-2020: Twinning project GA No 952347

RISEus2 1st Summer School " From laboratory to the market of medical devices"

21-25 March 2022, ENSIACET – Toulouse (France)

We are very pleased to invite you to the summer school entilted From laboratory to the market of medical devices which will be held at Toulouse INP-ENSIACET in Toulouse (France). This summer school will focus on technology transfer, standardization, production scale-up, regulatory issues, qualifications and risks analysis and entrepreneurship in the field of medical devices and tools for career progress. It will also help participants to develop innovation and business skills needed to successfully bring to market the product of their research (ways of assessing an innovative idea, intellectual property protection and exploitation, funding opportunities and networking skills). 

Eleven invited speakers from institutions and companies will share their knowledge, experience and expertise, giving several points of vue to the participants on this topic.

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Contact: Christèle COMBES for the organizing committee,

Professor at Toulouse INP – CIRIMAT


RISEus2 1st Winter School “Calcium Phosphates and Composites”  

The 1st Winter School on "Calcium Phosphates and Composites"  was provided by internationally recognized RISEus2 partners: Frankfurt Orofacial Regenerative Medicine Laboratory, Goethe University Frankfurt (Germany), Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse CIRIMAT (France) and AO Research Institute Davos (Switzerland) from 27th-29th of September, 2021.

The 1st day of Winter School: Prof. Shahram Ghanaati gave the lecture to participants about “The use of biomaterials in head and neck reconstructive surgery”. Such issues as quantitative bone composition within the human body and its connection to the replacement surgeries after cancer resection were discussed and analyzed. Impact of different factors influencing the outcome of the surgical procedures were reviewed as well as the importance of biomaterial type (bioceramic, hydrogel, metal implants) discussed and examples provided.  Next lecture was given by Dr. Sarah Al-Maawi on “Cellular reaction to bone substitute materials and its influence on the regeneration process”, covering such topics as requirements for tissue regeneration, principles of guided bone regeneration, biological processes after biomaterial implantation, variety of biomaterials for soft and bone tissue regeneration and current classification of biomaterials.  GUF scientists supervised the hands-on exercises to the ESRs related to the histology slide preparation and analysis.  

The 2nd day of Winter School: Dr. Jérémy SOULIE gave the lecture on “Fabrication processes andcharacterization techniques of porous biomaterials”. Beginning of the presentation was devoted to porous structures and how the solid matter can be classified based on the way to transport matter through these porous structures. Microporosity, mesoporosity and macroporosity were discussed in detail, highlighting such materials as zeolites and MOFs for microporous structures.  The second lecture was given by Prof. Christian REY on Characterization of calcium phosphates phases and materials by vibrational spectroscopy (FTIR and Raman)”. Insights in group theory was given and such aspects as practical group theory for vibrational molecular spectroscopy, symmetry operations and symmetry elements, remarks on rotations operation, molecular symmetry groups and examples on ammonia and water molecules were discussed. INPT-CIRIMAT scientists were supervising the practical tasks to the ESRs related to the porous materials and application of group factor theory to the determination of FTIR and Raman spectra of some calcium phosphate compounds.  


The 3rd day of Winter School: Research Scientist, PhD, Assoc. Prof. Andrea Vernengo and Master of Science ETH, Teaching Certificate Health Sciences Nadine Kluser gave an outstanding introduction in “Hydrogels and Hydrogel Bioadhesives: Tools for Tissue Repair”. During the interactive lecture, common biomaterial devices and biomaterials on the market were discussed as well as introduction into the biomaterial’s topic was given and multidisciplinary of biomaterials science was highlighted. Also, the introduction in hydrogels, their molecular structure and application possibilities were detailed.   

High-school children scientific projects

RISEus2 RTU RBIDC is excited to boost the interest of the younger generation in science and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics activities! 2021 was fruitful with supervision of 4 scientific projects for 5 high school children:

We are proud that the scientific project of Samanta Cvetkova received the highest grade in national and international level:

Communication with national level policy makers

2021 was fruitful for communication with national level policy makers! RTU RBIDC leading researchers Prof. D.Loca and Prof. K.Salma-Ancane participated in the elections of new members of the Latvian Academy of Sciences (LAS) and presented scientific reports on their academic work and research activities. It was great opportunity to introduce the Members of the Latvian Academy of Sciences with RISEus2 project objectives and main activities.

Scientific Reports in Division of Chemical, Biological and Medical Sciences at the Latvian Academy of Sciences:

«Calcium phosphate containing biomaterials for bone tissue engineering and local therapeutic agent delivery» by D.Loca, 14.10.2021.

«Biomaterials for bone tissue regeneration» by K.Salma-Ancane, 21.10.2021.

We are excited that D.Loca was elected as Full member and K.Salma-Ancane as Corresponding member.

Popular Science Lecture 

In order to attractively attract children and young people's interest in STEM - science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the RISEus2 project team in cooperation with RTU University of Children and Youth organized the 8th - 9th grade students' competition "Mysterious Science", creating online lectures and practical sciences experiments. The competition is organized with the aim to popularize chemistry and materials science among young people, as well as to organize meaningful leisure time. We hope to see them back in couple of years already as students.

The exciting open access lecture "Application of biomaterials in the human body" by RISEus2 WP4 leader Assoc. prof. Dr.sc.ing. Kristine Salma-Ancane and experiments in practical science is available online. /In Latvian/

RISEus2 kick-off meting - 8.02.2021.

On February 8, 2021, Riga Technical University (RTU) Rudolfs Cimdins Riga Biomaterials Innovation and Development Centre in close cooperation with internationally recognised project partners from Switzerland, France and Germany – AO Research Institute Davos (ARI), Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse CIRIMAT (INPT-CIRIMAT) and FORM-Lab Frankfurt Orofacial Regenerative Medicine, Goethe University Frankfurt (GUF), Advisory Board Members, European Research Executive Agency and CScience & Innovation at the European Commission representatives, kicked off the 3-years project “Rising Competitiveness of Early Stage Researchers and Research Management in Latvia” - RISEus2 supported by European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (GA No 952347).

The aim of the RISEus2 project is to increase the research profile of early stage researchers and strengthen the research management capacity of leading staff at RTU Rudolfs Cimdins Riga Biomaterials Innovation and Development Centre in the area of biomaterials development for bone tissue replacement and regeneration. This will enhance international scientific competitiveness and attractiveness, as well as reinforce cooperation with industry and promote technology transfer and delivery of new products into the market.

Within the project, early stage and experienced researchers will gain new knowledge and explore approaches for research planning, implementation and exploitation of biomaterials. Two-way collaborative visits will be organised to enhance the mobility of the research staff. Additional activities will include winter and summer schools, workshops at the partner institutions, dissemination of research results and public awareness activities. The project is also intended to increase the interest and knowledge about biomaterials research for the general public by organising different dissemination activities for school children.

Highly trained scientists are the way to development and innovation in medical care and industry, stresses Professor Jānis Ločs – The Coordinator of the RISEus2 and Director of the Institute of General Chemical Engineering at RTU.

Acknowledgements: This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 952347.

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BBCE project´s main objective is to establish a joint Baltic Biomaterials Centre of Excellence for advanced biomaterials development based on the long-term strategic cooperation between AO Research Institute Davos, Switzerland (ARI) and Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany (FAU) on the one hand and RTU RBIDC, LIOS, RSU and RSU IS on the other hand.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 857287