The mechanisms of intercellular trafficking are at the very core of basic research in medical and biological sciences. The intention of this workshop was to improve understanding of these, as well as to provide insight into technical aspects of how to study them, among various members of Rijeka’s biomedical research community. There was special emphasis on understanding the process of endocytosis, as well as the role of this process in physiology. A large chunk of the workshop was carried out through practical work, making it our most hands-on effort in the project thus far. This, we believe, greatly added to the improvement of medical research capacities
in Rijeka, which is at the centre of all our efforts within the project.
We are honoured to invite all to open sessions of the workshop, part of our WP2 activities, intended to provide new insights in translational cancer research. We have the privilege to welcome numerous internationally recognized experts in the field.
Workshop brought together ten renowned basic cancer researchers and oncologist from EU countries, Israel and Croatia: Seth. B. Coffelt,The Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Tanja Čufer, University Clinic Golnik, Golnik, Slovenia; Aristides Eliopoulos, University of Crete Medical School and Institute for Molecular Biology & Biotechnology, Heraklion, Creete, Greece; Joop Jansen, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre St. Radboud and Nijmegen Centre for Molecular Life Sciences, Nijmegen, the Netherlands; Athanassios Kotsinas, National Kapodistrian University of Athens, Medical School, Athens, Greece;Sara Kozma, Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute - IDIBELL, Barcelona, Spain; Boris Labar, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Medicine, Zagreb, Croatia; Jonas Nilsson, University of Gothenburg, Sahlgrenska Cancer Center, Gothenburg, Sweden; Varda Rotter, The Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel; Robert Slany, Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen, Erlangen, Germany.
The workshop was divided into three sessions (haematooncology, translational cancer research and molecular aspects of tumourigenesis). After each session, a general discussion on different aspect of translational cancer research was held. More than 40 participants, composed of Ph.D. students, clinicians, post-doctoral fellows and researchers from different disciplines and institutions, gained an insight in novel discoveries in areas of targeting signalling pathways for cancer treatment, genomics and epigenomics in cancer, tumour microenvironment as well as inflammation and cancer.
Workshop with international participation to take place on
May 19th - 21st 2011
“Bacterial Pathogenesis and Host Response”
We are delighted to host our first workshop, part of our WP4, and also honored to welcome several internationally recognized experts in the fields of microbiology, cell-biology, biochemistry and immunology.
To achieve a better understanding of microbial pathogenesis was the main focus of this workshop in terms of the scientific research aspect. This however demands a more detailed knowledge of the host response as well as the pathogen itself, calling for an interdisciplinary approach – integrating the fields of microbiology, cell-biology, biochemistry and immunology, which then results in coordinated efforts to translate basic scientific insights into the clinical application. The latter being the main objective of the TransMedRi project. This workshop was planned with facilitation of such interactions in mind.
This facilitation of interactions among different groups of workshop participants, as previously mentioned, is viewed as the initial effort on the way to achieve a sustainable approach to translational research in Rijeka, which is widely believed to lie in the creation of collaborative teams of clinicians and laboratory-based investigators. One of the main objectives of the Work Package 4, as well as the TransMedRi project as a whole, is to improve research potential of MEDRI, while one of the main activities planned in line with this objective is to establish an interdisciplinary research team within the WP4. With active participation of researchers from the Faculty of Medicine University of Rijeka, clinicians from the Clinical Centre Rijeka and representatives from the Teaching Institute of Public Health of Primorsko-goranska County, this workshop marked a successful first step on the way to achieving this objective.
We wish to thank everybody for their participation, and for helping make our first TransMedRi workshop such a success.