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.
Four ESR (Pedro, Jeff, Georgios and Sergio) recently caught up quite far from their regular investigation environment.
ARVO is considered to be the biggest and most important event in Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, gathering scientists and clinicians from every single corner of the globe. This year, the meeting was celebrated in Denver (CO, U.S.), and therefore some our ESR didn’t miss the chance to join it.
REVAMMAD presence in the congress was possible through both, posters and oral presentations, spread among the congress days (from 2nd-7th of May). Within a purely interactive atmosphere, ESRs were able to promote networking and proactive discussion in each of their fields, same time making friends, meeting worldwide colleagues and having some fun.
DNA structure was likely discovered in a lab bench, but was in a bar where Watson and Crick had a further exploration soaked with beer.
Last weekend, on the 10-11th of April of 2015, the ESR Sergio had the chance to give a lecture to present his current research and incoming perspectives.
The Experimental Department of Ophthalmology from Charité (Berlin) has started to establish tight connections with Institut de la Vision (Paris) aiming for a close cooperation and collaboration in both clinical and basic research.
Trespassing frontiers, this interaction has turned extremely promising as the topics developed by the two partners are complementary and oriented in the same direction. Putting both teams together, the current research flow will not only become stronger but also will contribute to power up a healthy and fruitful international research collaboration.
Sergio, as other members from his lab and analogously people coming from Paris, presented during the meeting their topics, with special mention to the last and most updated results and the engineering machine and techniques that each center holds. This, we believe, has turned into a successful initial approach to find common points for further interactions and project writing.
Revammad turned also to be included in the lecture, as part of Charité’s activities and current project, calling the interest of our partners since we already approach a very multidisciplinary and international approach for Ophthalmology research.
On Thursday 26th March, I had the opportunity to display a poster at the annual Postgraduate conference at the University of Lincoln.
This year’s conference was focused on ‘Public Engagement’ where keynote speakers and workshops aimed at the effective dissemination of research to the public.
It has been a beneficial activity not only for enhancing my skills for engaging with the public, but also for receiving the constructive feedback from the other researchers.
Pro-Retina Potsdam research-colloquium (March 27th/28th, 2015) has already turned a must in the field of retinal degeneration.
Organized and supported by Pro-Retina foundation, this meeting gathers state-of-the-art experts for diagnostic advances, new mechanistic insights and progress in retina therapeutic approaches. This year, the plenary lecture was given by Prof. Steven J. Fliesler, from the University of Buffalo and with an exceptional and long career in Ophthalmological Research. All other panel of experts and speakers was equally exceptional.
Sergio Crespo, ESR 3.3., held a poster (poster entitled: Systemic influences on the integrity of the blood retina barrier: diabetes and hypertension) next to another 60 young researchers during the meeting. The poster session evening, soaked with wine and jazz music, turned to be an ideal environment for research exchange and networking. Sergio had the chance to interact with other scientist not only from Germany but from laboratories all around Europe and America. REVAMMAD, being the background story and frame of Sergio’s work, called the attention of more than one, rising the interest and praise from the audience gathered.
As foundation, Pro-Retina approaches retinal degeneration since many different focuses and not only research. The human being is the main aim and goal, so bringing REVAMMAD research to this colloquium was not only an excellent opportunity for research interaction but also contributing to a better acknowledgement of the last goal of Ophthalmological Investigation: fight blindness disease and improve the human life condition.