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STARSTEM is an innovative project funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 scheme. The project is poised to revolutionise stem cell therapy by providing an unprecedented understanding of how these therapies actually work.

STARSTEM brings together leaders in the nano-materials, regenerative medicine, and bio-imaging fields from across Europe. We are using fundamental advances in the physics of imaging to validate stem cell treatments for arthritis. The project results will allow researchers and eventually, hospital doctors, to detect and measure the healing effects of novel stem cell therapies, even where they occur under the skin. Understanding the dynamics and distribution of stem cells means that it will be possible to optimise treatments for patients.



STARSTEM in a nutshell

STARSTEM is devoted to understanding how stem cells and exosomes lead to healing. Understanding the hallmarks of the healing process will help researchers and doctors to treat a wide range of human diseases. 


  • Photo-acoustic imaging (PAI) – a biomedical imaging process to understand the healing process.

  • The STARSTEM nanostar – gold nanoparticle which will enhance the photo-acoustic effect.

  • Comprehensive experiment strategy – understanding therapeutic efficacy for arthritis.