ESPACE – the expression and spatial analysis pancreas atlas consortium europe

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ESPACE – the HCA pancreas initiative

The Human Cell Atlas (HCA) is a global initiative which will create molecular reference maps of all human cells.

Three prior HCA early pilot studies of the pancreas have now come together to form the “Expression and Spatial analysis Pancreas Atlas Consortium Europe”, ESPACE.

Based on methods and standards for sample procurement, single cell profiling, spatial proteomics, and computational pipelines that were developed in these pilot studies, the ESPACE consortium will build a first version of the Human Cell Atlas of the Pancreas. In total, six projects have been selected for funding by the European Commission, each working on a different organ, and are to deliver their contributions to the HCA within the next two years.

Core activities overview

WP1 Tissue groups and sample procurement
Lead: Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC)

WP2 Single cell molecular profiling of the healthy human pancreas
Lead: Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG)

WP3 Single cell molecular profiling of islets from T2D patients
Lead: The Research Fund of Hadassah Medical Organization (RFHMO)

WP4 Spatial analysis of cells and cell identity genes
Lead: Kungliga Tekniska Hoegskolan (KTH)

WP5 Data management – DCP Pancreas
Lead: Charité – Universitaetsmedizin Berlin (Charité)

WP6 Project management & Dissemination
Lead: Charité – Universitaetsmedizin Berlin (Charité)

News and events

News23 November 2020

ESPACE and EUCANCan to host joint one-day training on how to use cloud computing efficiently in biomedical research

Is improving your cloud data management skills or learning more about how you can effectively clean data in a data processing pipeline your New Year’s resolution for 2021? In that...
News11 November 2020

ESPACE and EUCANCan host joint webinar on how to increase the impact of industry-academia collaborations

To give 2021 a bright start, ESPACE has teamed up with EUCANCan, another research project funded under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme, to host the webinar “New IT approaches...
Event30 October 2020

ESPACE Consortium Meeting 2020

Ten months into the project, the ESPACE consortium got together in a virtual meeting on October 22-23, 2020, to update each other on the current project progress and discuss next...