A synergistic and multidisciplinary effort remains necessary to achieve essential scientific breakthroughs

With an aging population, a growing burden of chronic conditions, and rising healthcare costs in Europe, the need for organs, tissues, and personalized strategies for decision making in therapeutic choices has never been greater. Recent developments in areas such as 3D-bioprinting, induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC), complex stem cell organoid cultures, and gene editing herald the promise of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell technologies for applications such as clinical transplantation or personalized assessment of treatment efficacy. Together, these technologies promise to provide the optimal tissues for transplantation for individual patients, tailor-made medical solutions, opportunities to repair debilitating genetic defects, and reduced healthcare costs through curing instead of long-term caring for chronic diseases. However, our understanding of the fundamentals of cell, tissue and organ regeneration and of how to stimulate and guide this in the human body is still in its infancy. For regenerative medicine to fully capture its potential, a synergistic and multidisciplinary effort remains necessary to achieve essential scientific breakthroughs.

Multifaceted international training programme

The RESCUE COFUND international PhD programme offers a unique opportunity with around 30 high level fellowships for a joint programme between the University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU), Utrecht University (UU) and the Hubrecht Institute on Regenerative Medicine for excellent PhD candidates (early stage researchers, ESRs). The RESCUE programme aims to enhance the potential and future career perspectives of researchers by providing a substantial training network of excellent academic institutions and industrial partners, creating a new generation of research experts, and empowering them to take leading positions in the field of regenerative medicine world-wide.

RESCUE strives to train highly skilled researchers that will drive Regenerative Medicine research towards valuable new applications in medicine. The multifaceted training programme provided by our network ensures that the ESRs will learn about the opportunities and obstacles in the domains of all the involved partners. Based at the Regenerative Medicine Centre Utecht, RESCUE’s programme is tightly connected with multiple international academic and private partner organisations, each providing complementary research or training.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND grant agreement No 801540.