Septic shock is caused by excessive and systemic reaction of the entire body against infectious agents, in most cases of bacterial origin. The number of deaths by septic shock in intensive care units is very high and is still increasing, despite numerous large scale clinical trials. Scientists of VIB and UGent, supervised by Peter Vandenabeele, demonstrated in a mouse study that a potential novel treatment for sepsis may consist of the simultaneous neutralization of two harmful cytokines in the blood circulation.
Ghent University’s India Platform will organise several Focus Sessions: on schools & education, health care, waste management & agriculture, on urban design & architecture. Here European and Indian researchers as well as the industry will meet and see if a cooperation is possible and/or if they will be able to exchange knowledge.
Of course they welcome any entrepreneur or researcher with an interest to this!
VIB is an excellence-based life sciences research institute in Flanders, Belgium, which conducts frontline research and unravels the molecular mechanisms of life and disease. VIB has more than 1300 scientists originating from over 60 countries. Since its inception VIB is also an entrepreneurial biotechnology catalyst focusing on translating basic scientific breakthroughs into pharmaceutical, agricultural and industrial applications.
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The European Commission set up a program to stimulate research and innovation, called Horizon 2020 (H2020). The program comprises a nearly €80 billion funding budget. The objective is to develop breakthrough innovations to secure the global competitiveness of Europe.
In order to help scientists in the agricultural sector to submit their proposals, Agrolink created acatalyst program. The first workshop – the Agrolink 2020-lookout – will take place on Wednesday February 5th 2014.