The MESO-BRAIN project met in the splendid setting of the Medical School Buildings at the University of Barcelona for a review of progress at the end of Year 2 and planning for the final 12 months of the project.
3D Scaffold designs are well advanced and imaging results of neuronal cultures indicate a strong disposition for neurons to align themselves in response to the scaffold structure. Fast volumetric imaging using a tunable Light Sheet Microscopy (LSM) system is also well advanced.
A key outcome of the meeting was the stress placed upon the need to work concurrently in the final phase of the project. It is imperative that the partners collaborate very effectively to ensure that upstream decisions with respect to 3D scaffold designs, the integration of stimulation and recording pads and electrodes, are taken with a full appreciation of the constraints and tolerances that exisit in downstream systems, in particular the LSM system.
The meeting concluded with an agreement on the priorities for the next 3, 6 and 9 months to deliver on the project’s original goals.