Taimoor Hasan Qazi, PhD student at the Julius Wolff Institute, was awarded the PhD Student Award in Regenerative Medicine from the Berlin-Brandenburg School for Regenerative Therapies (BSRT).
Taimoor Hasan Qazi received the award and the 1.500 Euro prize money for the publication "Synthetic niche to modulate regenerative potential of MSCs and enhance skeletal muscle regeneration". The results of the study suggest that MSCs (mesenchymal stromal cells) transplanted in a biomaterial can support robust muscle healing. The regenerative effect is induced by the secretion of a wide range of bioactive factors, and this effect can be further improved by the local stimulation of the MSCs in the biomaterial with morphogens. The approach described in this study is an important example of enabling in situ regeneration of tissues without physical engraftment of transplanted cells, and can likely be applied to other injury and disease models. 
The award is given once a year for the most outstanding publication for progress in Regenerative Medicine accepted by an international peer review journal.
 Pumberger M, Qazi TH, Ehrentraut MC, Textor M, Kueper J, Stoltenburg-Didinger G, Winkler T, von Roth P, Reinke S, Borselli C, Perka C, Mooney DJ, Duda GN, Geißler S. Synthetic niche to modulate regenerative potential of MSCs and enhance skeletal muscle regeneration. Biomaterials. 2016 Aug;99:95-108.
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