The HISENTS consortium is made up of 11 European partners:
University of Leeds: Project Coordinator
The University of Leeds is in the top ten universities for research and student education in the UK and internationally acknowledged as a centre of excellence for a comprehensive range of academic and professional disciplines. The University has very recently been ranked 4th out of the UK Universities for research impact. This project will be carried out within the School of Chemistry, where Professor Nelson heads an electrochemistry group, the School of Chemical and Process Engineering – Institute for Materials Research, which has strong expertise in nanomaterial synthesis and characterisation, and School of Mechanical Engineering, which has expertise in microfluidics.
The Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering IBMT acts as a device and technology developer for solutions to individual research and development projects and tasks in the areas of biomedical/medical engineering, medical (molecular and cellular) biotechnology, biohybrid technology, bioprocessing & bioanalytics, cryo(bio)technology and nano(bio)technology, ultrasound technology, biomedical microsystems, neuroprosthetics and implants, health information systems, theranostics, (mobile) laboratory technology as well as laboratory automation including in-line/on-line process control. For more than 10 years, Fraunhofer IBMT has been working in the field of nanotoxicology, developing technologies and tools for investigation and assessment of nanotoxicology.
Tel Aviv University (TAU) is a major centre of highly multi-disciplinary teaching and research, including 128 research institutes and 400 research laboratories. The Department of Physiology and Pharmacology of the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, engages in basic scientific research and is the only pre-clinical department encompassing two significant biomedical areas. Much of the research addresses problems related to the function, malfunction and therapy of disorders of the nervous and cardiovascular system. Clinically-oriented research projects involve pharmacological targeting of specific ion-transport systems, receptors, regulatory proteins and enzymes that are linked to cancer, depression, neurodegenerative diseases, heart failure, and hypertension.
Blueprint Product Design Ltd is an SME specialising in the development and marketing of technical and scientific products. With a turn-key approach, ranging from early stage market evaluation (establishing the need for a product) right through to full product development & manufacture (actual supply of product). The company has particular experience in being able to introduce new products and technologies into specialist market sectors and actually generate sales. It has successfully being involved in commercially exploiting numerous projects that have taken ideas from pure invention right through to placing the product on the market and generating income through product sales and license or royalty deals.
Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava (STUBA) is the most representative body in Slovakia in the field of research and application of all branches of technology. It has 7 faculties covering: Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Information Technology, Chemical and Food Technology, Architecture, Materials Science and Technology, and Informatics and Information Technologies. STUBA has a wide scientific cooperation with the partners all over the world and the laboratories take part in a number of national and international scientific projects. The University has the capacity to solve the most complex projects of basic and applied research.
The Vienna University of Technology (TUW) is Austria’s largest science and engineering school consisting of eight faculties. Within the Faculty of Technical Chemistry, the Institute of Chemical Technologies and Analytics is organized into five research divisions that bridge different matters in Chemistry, Technology, Bioanalytics, Materials Science, Instrumental Analytical Chemistry, Electrochemistry and Environmental Chemistry. The latest initiative of the Institute is the establishment of a Lab-on-a-Chip laboratory for Bioscience Technologies that combines aspects of microfluidics, biosensing and different omics technologies and cell biology.
Ustav experimentalnej onkologie SAV (UEOSAV) is one of the oldest research organisations in Slovakia, but their research activities are focused on the latest topics which have an impact on understanding the mechanisms of cancer development, prevention, diagnosis and treatment. The research team at UEOSAV involved in HISENTS has a deep experience in the fields of cell culture, molecular biology, genetic toxicology, mutagenesis and carcinogenesis (including nanotoxicology), immunohistochemistry, imaging, genetic epidemiology of common diseases and cancer epigenetics. The research team has participated in many national and international projects (COPERNICUS, INCO-COPERNICUS, EXPAH, FIBRETOX and ESCODD FP5, NewGeneris FP6, COST Action hCOMET H2020).
The Institut Català de Nanociència i Nanotecnologia (ICN2 – Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology) is a non-profit international research institute located close to Barcelona, Spain. Its research lines focus on the newly discovered physical and chemical properties that arise from the fascinating behaviour of matter at the nanoscale.
Saarland University was founded in 1948 in co-operation with France. It supports a broad spectrum of disciplines, with a strong representation in the life sciences and computer sciences. Research in the Institute of Human Genetics, Faculty of Medicine, focuses on cancer genetics with specific emphasis in analysis of microRNA patterns and developing of blood based biomarker signatures. The Centre for Bioinformatics, Faculty for Computer Science, established itself early as a distinctive element in Saarland University’s research profile. They have longstanding experience in computational biology approaches with a strong focus on miRNA pattern analysis using machine-learning techniques and systems biology methods.
The Tyndall National Institute is a top-ranked ICT research institute specialising in ICT hardware research, commercialisation of technology and the education of next generation researchers. It is affiliated to University College Cork (UCC), one of Ireland’s oldest institutions of higher education. Tyndall’s research expertise spans a range of technologies from atoms to systems in the areas of photonics, microsystems and micro-nanoelectronics and addresses key challenges in the areas of Communications, Energy, Health and the Environment. Tyndall has an established reputation for successful participation in EU research programmes (FP4-FP7) providing an important conduit for ICT excellence to Irish and European industry.
The Norwegian Institute for Air Research, NILU, is an independent, non-profit institution established in 1969. NILU increases the understanding of the effects of climate change, composition of the atmosphere, air quality and of hazardous substances.
The NILU Health Effect Laboratory is the only GLP certified laboratory for human in vitro toxicity testing in Norway. The laboratory comprises great scientific expertise in the field of in vitro toxicology, genotoxicity, nanotoxicology and high throughput toxicity testing, and is partner in many national and international (EC) research projects. The laboratory investigates the effects of nanomaterials, pollution and climate change on humans and ecosystem.