Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität – WWU/UKM

The Department of Pediatric Rheumatology and Immunology and the Institute of Immunology are two research facilities of the University of Muenster, Germany. Altogether the staff of these institutions comprises about 40 persons including physicians, biologists, chemists, technical assistants etc. The institutions dispose of all research equipment in the field of immunology. Our main focus is the innate immune system in the pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases. We also care for paediatric patients with autoimmune diseases at the University Hospital Muenster.

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University Medical Center Nijmegen - UMCN

Radboud University Medical Center Nijmegen is one of the leading academic communities in the Netherlands.
The Research Laboratory of the Department of Rheumatology is located in the NCMLS, a research facility of the University of Nijmegen, which is devoted to biomedical research.
The research laboratory of experimental Rheumatology (around 30 people) has a consolidated experience on the study and analysis of animal models of rheumatic diseases with emphasis on rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.

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Gent University - UGent

Founded in 1817, Gent University is one of the leading institutions of higher education and research in the Low Countries. The university employs 7.100 staff members who provide education for a total of 32.000 students over 11 faculties. Annual endowment is 410 million euro; the direct funding from the Flemish Community makes up 49% of the total endowment. Our faculty (Medicine and Health Sciences) alone currently educates 4400 students.

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University Medical Centre Utrecht - UCMU

 The Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital of the University Medical Centre Utrecht (UCMU) is one of the leading institutes in paediatric immunology in Europe. The department is renowned for its research in the field of human autoimmune diseases. For years the group has been working on immune regulatory aspects of Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis and its main focus is immune tolerance and biomarker research.

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University College Dublin - UCD

The Conway Institute of Biomolecular and Biomedical Research is a multidisciplinary centre for life science research based on the Belfield campus of University College Dublin, the largest university in Ireland. A major research focus of UCD Conway is the identification of molecular mechanisms and markers underlying human in particular in the area of inflammation. The Institute‘s broader objectives are set on the integration of the biological sciences with clinical research and sciences based at UCD-affliated teaching hospitals not traditionally associated with biology with a view to realising the synergistic benefits of such association.

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Biogazelle

Biogazelle was established in 2007 as Ghent University spin-off company. Its founders (Jo Vandesompele and Jan Hellemans) have more than 10 years of experience in real-time PCR experiment design, assay development and data- analysis. They wrote one of the most influential papers on normalization of gene expression and on data-analysis (together cited more than one 4000 times). Biogazelle has a long standing expertise in real- time PCR gene expression analysis, high-throughput technologies and related bio- informatic analyses (e.g. microarray based copy number profiling and gene expression analysis, and high-throughput mRNA, microRNA and other non-coding RNA RT-qPCR profiling). There is a multidisciplinary team consisting of engineers, biotechnologists, and bio-informaticians.

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Bühlmann

Bühlmann is an independent, medium sized Swiss company located close to Basel/Switzerland. The company is since 36 years on the market and specialised in development, production and worldwide distribution of immunological and enzymatic in vitro test systems in the fields of Inflammation, Allergy, Neuroimmunology and Clinical Chemistry. We employ approx. 45 collaborators at the headquarter and small sales teams in our affiliates in DE, FR, IT and AT. The company is ISO (9001 and 13485) certified and works under GMP (IVD Directive 98/79/EC) regulations. A series of the IVD products have gained clearance by the FDA.

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European Research Services GmbH - ERS

The European Research Services GmbH is a public-private-partnership, founded in 2007. ERS supports researchers in setting-up, and conducting EC-funded projects. ERS provides general technical and administrative support, and project-management fitted to the size and complexity of the project, implements risk assessment, internal monitoring and common standard procedures, all with a view of safeguarding outcomes within time, budget, and EC guidelines. In addition ERS will organise internal communication to meet the reporting needs of the European Union efficiently.

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