The ‘Vaccines & Imaging Partnership’ (VIP) is an Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP) project funded by the European Union under the FP7 Marie Curie Programme. This four-year project represents a collaboration between European universities and the pharmaceutical industry, and focuses on the development of new ways to visualise bacteria in the body, involving scientists from the fields of microbiology, immunology, cancer research and organic chemistry.
The work will take place at University College Cork, Ireland (Cork Cancer Research Centre and the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre); l’École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland; and GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines, Siena, Italy.
There exists an urgent need to advance methods for detection of bacteria in the body, primarily in the context of infectious disease research
R&D in Industry - Career Forum at YCRN
Dr Giuliano Bensi and Dr Emiliano Chiarot held a Career Forum on "R&D in Industry" at the first Young Cancer Researchers Networking (YCRN) Conference, on June 21st 2018 in University
College Cork, Ireland. See https://www.ucc.ie/en/ycrn/
Our Italian researchers Paolo and Emiliano got involved in some fun outreach in Cork (May 2018) - a relay race of 'Men in heels' - and the team won! This was part of a fundraising campaign by a
national radio station to raise money for cancer research
and cancer services.
Dr Lynn Naughton, currently on secondment from UCC to GSK, attended the 13th European Molecular Imaging Meeting in San
Sebastián (20-23rd March).
UCC team wins ‘Excellent Science’ category of
the EU Innovation Radar Prize 2017. The Tangney lab presented in Budapest at the final on November 9 2017. See https://ec.europa.eu/futurium/en/innovation-radar-prize/excellent-science
EU Commissioner Carlos Moedas visits VIP lab, CCRC, UCC
We aim to develop improved imaging of bacteria in vivo using optimised reporter gene constructs, novel OI probes, and novel methods of imaging host responses to bacteria.
To develop exciting new technologies in bioluminescence imaging