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Short Term Scientific Mission

ANIRIDIA-NET invites researchers to submit proposals for Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM).

ANIRIDIA-NET #CA18116 COST Action invites researchers to submit proposals for Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM). A Short Term Scientific Mission (STSM) is an exclusive COST  tool offering the opportunity to conduct Action related activities at a participating host institution. All STSM specific aims and objectives must be aligned with the Action tasks as listed in the ANIRIDIA-NET Memorandum of Understanding. It is particularly useful for capacity building of Early Career Investigators (ECI) and those from Inclusiveness Target Countries (ITC).

STSM calls will be continuous for each grant period, and applications will be treated in a first come, first served basis, after checking the suitability of the applicant and their application.

Please check this space regularly for our open STSM Calls and the latest needs and requirements of our Action. Updates are also circulated through @AniridiaNet in Twitter and Linkedinn.

For more details, contact ANIRIDIA-NET STSM Manager: Prof Thomas RITTER (

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Last December 2019, Arianne Van Velthoven, a phD student in stem-cell based regenerative medicine at Maastricht University (the Netherlands), returned from a scientific mission at Fondazione Banca degli Occhi del Veneto (Italy) under the supervision of Dr. Stefano Ferrari, where she has received intensive training in the know-how that allows for limbal cell transplant for the treatment of LSCD. This COST action #CA18116 scientific mission involved techniques such as: 3T3-J2 maintenance and irradiation, isolation and culturing of limbal cells from cadaveric samples, transplant preparation using fibrin glue gels and quality control assays (viability, life span, expression markers analysis, etc). This fruitful cooperation will enhance the research efforts being invested in the VISION project, a collaboration between the MERLN Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine (Maastricht University), the University Eye Clinic Maastricht (MUMC+) and the...

In the first COST-Aniridia STSM in October 2019, researchers in Saarland University Hospital, (Lorenz Latta) and Radboud University (Jo Huiqing Zhou) took the first steps to create a transcriptome blueprint of limbal epithelial cells in healthy as well as aniridic eyes, using aniridia samples from Saarland University Hospital and single cell RNA-seq technique, available at Dr. Zhou’s lab. These findings will provide insights into the understanding of limbal stem cell biology as well as into pathophysiologic changes of the disease. This collaboration was made possible thanks to COST actions networking tools ...

This is our first STSM Call for budget period 2019-2020. The missions have to start from May 1st, 2019 and finish before March 31st, 2020, one month before the end of the Grant Period (April 30th, 2020). STSM Call 1 AniridiaNet 2019-2020 STSM Userguide for Website Oct-2018 For more details, contact ANIRIDIA-NET STSM Coordinator: Dr Thomas RITTER (