Sezin Aday wins the best presentation prize in “Bristol CardioVascular Early Career Researcher Event”
Sezin Aday, a member of our laboratory won the best presentation prize in Bristol CardioVascular Early Career Researcher Event with the work entitled “VEGF-bound beads modulate endothelial cell survival and microRNA expression”.
The event was organized by Bristol CardioVascular (BCV) in order to allow BCV Early Career Researchers (ECRs) to network, and see the range of cardiovascular research going on in Bristol, and to help their career development: the opportunities available, and what is important in the choices that they will need to make. In the meeting, which took place on November 6th in University of Bristol, a jury composed of professors from the University of Bristol, University College London and the British Heart Foundation awarded Sezin a prize for the best presentation.
Maria Pereira and Lino Ferreira are co-authors of a recent publication in Science Translational Medicine. The work has been performed in collaboration with Jeff Karp and Pedro del Nido at Harvard. The work describes a bioinspired elastic, biodegradable and biocompatible tissue adhesive based on poly(glycerol-co-sebacate) acrylate (PGSA) that can be activated by UV light providing strong adhesion to dynamic tissues. PGSA presents better biocompatibility than cyanoacrylate adhesives and provided a hemostatic seal when applied to large blood vessels and cardiac wall defects. PGSA coated patches were attached on the interventricular septum in a chronic porcine beating heart model and resisted supraphysiologic pressures.