Kick-off of the Musculoskeletal Core Group

Hot Grill, Warm Sun and Cool Science!

The “first“ PACT Core Group (Musculoskeletal Regeneration) meeting took place on Thursday 21st August 2014. Nearly a score of 20 people turned out to put some food onto a hot grill and some equally ’hot’ food for thought into advanced cellular therapies with relevance to musculoskeletal conditions. So, the “subject“ washed down with a few cool drinks and lively discussions on a “get to know you and your work better basis“ renewed many old and established some new acquaintances. The meeting took place at the initiative/invitation of Dr. Iris Ribitsch (VetMed Uni) and Dr. Susanne Wolbank (LBI) and both welcomed all the guests with a view to having regular get-togethers to discuss work in progress and formulate potential new projects and collaborations or indeed simply to see where one can help the work of the other.


We would like to congratulate both young ladies for setting this example in a very successful (and very enjoyable) meeting, on a beautiful August day in a perfect ambience, if not exactly the typical encounter for the first time it was certainly scientifically satisfying and very digestible!


This initiative was as a result of the Steering Group’s decision at the last meeting in June to form a number of five Core Groups (see below) where more specific discussions can or would take place on a regular basis with people involved in very similar work or interests. We think everyone had a good time (see pictures!) and if you are interested in joining any of the Core Groups for future meetings, please contact the PACT-Office, Dr. Christine Prenner or Mag. Senta Movssissian. This opportunity is your Platform for Advanced Cellular Therapies!


I          Musculoskeletal Regeneration

II        Tissue and Organ Replacement

III       Cancer- and Immunotherapy

IV       Heart and Cardiovascular Repair

V         Technology and Regulatory Affairs