THALAMOSS - THALAssaemia MOdular Stratification System for personalized therapy of beta-thalassemia


THALAMOSS is aimed at development of universal sets of markers and techniques for stratification of β-thalassaemia patients into treatment subgroups for (a) onset and frequency of blood transfusions, (b) choice of iron chelation, (c) induction of fetal hemoglobin, (d) prospective efficacy of gene-therapy. At present, no framework exists to guide therapeutic decisions and personalised treatment of β-thalassaemia.
THALAMOSS Workpackages: WP1. Recruitment, patient characterization and development of erythroid precursor cells cultures; WP2. Omics analyses; WP3. Novel therapeutic approaches; WP4. Data analysis; WP5. Dissemination and exploitation; WP6. Regulatory and ethical issues; WP7. Management.
The impact of THALAMOSS is the provision of novel biomarkers for distinct treatment subgroups in β-thalassaemia (500-1000 samples from four European medical centres), identified by combined genomics, proteomics, transcriptomics and tissue culture assays, and establishment of routine techniques for detection of these markers. Translation of these activities into the product portfolio and R&D methodology of participating SMEs will be a major issue. THALAMOSS tools and technologies will (a) facilitate identification of novel diagnostic tests, drugs and treatments specific to patient subgroups and (b) guide conventional and novel therapeutical approaches for β-thalassaemia, including personalised medical treatments.
Key researchers of THALAMOSS are R.Gambari (Ferrara University, Italy), M. Kleanthous (The Cyprus Foundation for Muscular Dystrophy Research, Cyprus), S.Philipsen (Erasmus Universitair Medisch Centrum Rotterdam, The Netherlands), E.Katsantoni (Biomedical Research Foundation, Academy of Athens, Greece), S.Rivella (Weill Cornell Medical College, NY, USA), P.Holub (Masaryk University, Czech Republic), R.Galanello (Cagliari University, Italy), SL.Thein (King’s College Hospital, UK), E.Voskaridou (Laiko General Hospital, Greece). Participating SMEs are Biocep (Israel), NovaMechanics Ltd. (Cyprus) and IRBM (Italy). Industrial activities are also provided by Harbour Antibodies (The Netherlands).

Project details

Project coordinator: Roberto Gambari

Funding source: 7th Framework Programme

Start date 01/11/2012 - end date 31/10/2016
Total cost: 6.681.623 €
EU contribution: 5.020.000 €
EU contribution to UniFe: 584.000 €


  • Università degli Studi di Ferrara, Coordinator (Italy)
  • The Cyprus Foundation for Muscular Dystrophy Reseaqrch (Cyprus)
  • Erasmus Universitair Medish Centrum Rotterdam (Netherlands)
  • Biomedical Research Foundation - Academy of Athens (Greece)
  • Cornell University Corporation (USA)
  • Masarykova Univerzita (Czech Republic)
  • Università degli Studi di Cagliari (Italy)
  • King's College London (United Kingdom)
  • Geniko Laiko Nosokomeio Athinon*General Hospital of Athens Laiko (Greece)
  • Novamechanics Limited (Cyprus)
  • Bioceps (Israel)
  • Harbour Antibodies BV (Netherlands)
  • IRBM Science Park SPA (Italy)