Stimuli Responsive Materials for the Rapid Detection and Treatment of healthcare Associated Infections


This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie SKŁODOWSKA-CURIE

grant agreement No 955664



STIMULUS is a European Training Network working on reducing healthcare-associated infections. We train early-stage researchers (Ph.D. students) for a career in biomaterials by researching smart wound dressings that can detect and treat bacterial infections without opening the wound.

To accomplish this, STIMULUS combines the expertise of organic, macromolecular, physical and materials chemists, materials scientists, electronic engineers, biotechnologists, medical doctors (clinicians), (micro)biologists, government policy experts, and representatives from both SMEs and large enterprises. Our consortium bridges from academia and medical research institutes to policymakers and industry.

Our researchers get individualized and joint training in all these disciplines and relevant sectors along the value chain, giving them a unique and genuinely interdisciplinary and multi-sectoral training experience.

Smartwound dressing
Smartwound dressing

The wound dressing provides early and rapid indication of the onset of infection - by a simple colour change ©

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Smartwound dressing
Smartwound dressing

An array of vesicle patches in a gel matrix ©

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Smartwound dressing
Smartwound dressing

The phospholipid vesicles respond to membrane damaging toxins released by bacteria in wounds as the microbes reach a critical density ©

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Organizing the Calendar

Upcoming Events 

STIMULUS Summer School

Hirschegg (Austria)

More information about the event will soon be available online


Combined CEMBO & STIMULUS Training School


After a week of intensive meetings and workshops, we are happy to be able to draw a first positive balance of our research and activities.

​Visual impressions of the event here

Working at the Office