What a fantastic date it was. Georgios, after finishing his PhD studies mid-2016, had his graduation ceremony at the stunning building of Lincoln Cathedral in the city of Lincoln in the UK. Great pleasure to receive my PhD degree directly from the Vice Chancellor of the University and also meet my supervisor, mentor and Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Lincoln, professor Andrew Hunter. After the ceremony, I had the opportunity to meet many other academics from the school of computer science and the college of science, with whom I am going to closely cooperate in the near future, as I will be joining the permanent academic staff of the school of computer as a lecturer. Having spent more than half a year working as a Lead Data Scientist and Program Manager in a leading company in Radiation Oncology solutions in Germany, I am definitely ready to go back to academia. Undoubtedly, Marie Curie actions were paramount in shaping my career, alongside the unique experiences and training I received. I am definitely looking forward to meeting my new colleagues and face new challenges.
Evangelia had recently given an interview at the online magazine LamiaReport, which is primarily addressed to the citizens of Lamia, her home town in Greece. ‘I really appreciate the opportunity I was given to promote our work to the people of my home town and I am grateful for the appraising comments I received from them ‘, she said. The full article can be found here: http://www.lamiareport.gr/index.php/topika/item/50046-mia-neari-lamiotissa-erevnitria-sto-eksoteriko
On Friday 30th September 2016, Evangelia and Giovanni had the unique opportunity to engage with the public and disseminate the beneficial outcomes of their research at the EU Research Night Lights Festival 2016, organized by the University of Lincoln. The event, sponsored by the EU, had a great success and the people who approached the REVAMMAD display stand were informed about the recent advances in detection and prognosis of diabetic retinopathy with the use of mathematical and computerized models. The activity was also interactive as the people were given retinal images of various forms and color markers trying to identify lesions as well as vein and arterial vessel trees, aiming to demonstrate the positive impact that automated techniques could have on undertaking time-consuming and labor-intensive tasks.
Evangelia Kotsiliti gave a presentation at the Postgraduate meeting organized by the School of Computer Science, University of Lincoln on 13th July 2016. There was a high volume of attendance and other postgraduate students showed their interest in the topics presented and shared their constructive comments and positive feedback.
The participation in that meeting was an opportunity to disseminate the main goals of the REVAMMAD project and individual research as was well as share views and ideas with other inspiring researchers.
The second week of February 2016 was announced as Career Week in Copenhagen International School. Students had to find desirable place to working practice and contact to Workplace Supervisor. Chloe Wheeler choose Department of Biomedical Sciences of Copenhagen University and expressed a wish to spend a few days among staff and get an idea about the work in Medicine Institute.
In these two days staff talked to Chloe about the work here, demonstrated some of experiments and gave some general scientific information which could help Chloe to understand some basic mechanisms inside human bodies. Anastasiia Neganova gave talks about REVAMMAD project itself, her secondment in Berlin, collaboration between scientists and also about eye’s physiology and methods which help to investigate it.
As it has become a tradition, the Charité Eye Clinic celebrated a day to speak about the current basic and clinical research carried over the last few months. The topic this time, inflammation in the eye, was chosen due to the relevance of inflammation in many important eye disease, such as diabetic retinopathy or age-related macula degeneration, two leading causes of blindness in the Western countries.
Revammad was present through Sergio Crespo-Garcia, who was invited to present his most preliminary data on experimental diabetic retinopathy. Inflammation in the retina plays a fundamental role tightly related with vascular disease and neuropathies.
The public consisted of members of the clinic, pharmaceutic representatives, and friends and relatives, gathering together over 30 attendees.
Georgios was invited to give an interview for inclusion in the annual magazine of the University of Lincoln, which includes every year young researchers, whose research activity played an important role within the University of Lincoln. Recognising his contribution on the understanding of the vascular changes that occur to the retinal geometry during the progression of diabetes before the onset of diabetic retinopathy, the interview included topics covering background information about Georgios, as well as his current career and his future plans. Every small step to the understanding of the vascular changes can have a huge impact on the early diagnosis of diabetic retinopathy. Well done Georgios!
Carlos Hernandez Matas, ESR 3.4, participated again this year on the European Researchers Night that was held at the Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH) in Heraklion, Crete. This open doors event gave the chance to hundreds of people to see in more detail the progress and achievements that researchers from the institution have managed to accomplish so far.
The REVAMMAD project managed to get a lot of attention, as it touches a topic that is very relevant for the well being of modern society, such as the prognosis and diagnosis of illnesses via the analysis of the retina.
Event flyer: REN2015-at-FORTH-3fold-eng
FORTH-ICS’ demos: REN2015-at-FORTH-eng
ERN’15 at FORTH’s webpage: http://www.ics.forth.gr/index_main.php?l=e&n=6&id=22
Current week is the week of Erhvervspraktik for 9th grade students in Denmark when they get an experience of training in the place where they would like to continue their education/work. 15-years old Sofie Thorsen expressed the wish to spend this week working with Section of Renal and Vascular Research of Department of Biomedical Sciences (BMI) in Copenhagen University. Our group prepared intensive program for Sofie’s Erhvervspraktik. She attended experiment on rat’s kidney in our lab, experiment with myograph and got a general idea about modeling of blood vessels and vascular networks.
Anastasiia Neganova gave talks about basis of Laser speckle Imaging (LSI) technique, development of vascular networks, modelling of myogenic response gradient in microvascular networks, application of LSI technique to visualization of blood flow in the rat’s retina and chick’s chorioallantoic membrane. Anastasiia also gave the talk about REVAMMAD project when she explained the main goals of the project and the ways how it works.
In the end of Erhvervspraktik, Sofie shared her impressions about this experience: “I think it was very exciting to hear about the REVAMMAD project, what it was all about and what each person is working with. After the introduction to the project Anastasiia told me generally about the vascular networks. She also told me much more about her own work with modelling – especially the part about LSI and myogenic response I found very exciting. At first it was a bit difficult for me to understand all those new words in English which I didn´t even know in Danish. But Anastasiia explained it very well so I was able to understand most of it and I learned so many new and interesting things! Besides, Anastasiia answered all my questions about being a Ph.D. student as well. Being with Anastasiia and hearing all these things about the project and how it is to write a Ph.D. has definitely made me much more interested in scientific work and I think it would be very cool if I could have the opportunity to write a Ph.D. myself in the future“.
ESR Sergio Crespo enjoyed this September his secondment as visiting fellow at the Centre for Experimental Medicine in Queen’s University Belfast. Here Sergio has interacted with the researchers in different projects and exchanged technique learning.
As part as the Outreach frame of this project, Sergio presented to the institute his work within the REVAMMAD consortium. People showed pretty much interested about the multidisciplinary approach and it was a great opportunity to create network and exchange productive comments about the research scope.
After this visit, several collaborations seem to be promising and will contribute to the will of REVAMMAD in connecting research beyond frontiers.