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Final NanoDiaRA Meeting in Leuven

19 February, 2014
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NANOFOL – NanoDiaRA Conference in the 7th Framework Programme

20–21 November, 2013
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3rd NanoDiaRA Summer School at Charité Berlin

1–5 July, 2013
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7th scientific meeting of the NanoDiaRA project group

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Dick Heinegård (1942–2013)

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6th scientific meeting of EC-funded project on nanotechnology in medicine

Second NanoDiaRA summer school took place in Lund

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4th scientific meeting of the NanoDiaRA project in Salzburg

From 5 to 7 October, 2011, the fourth NanoDiaRA scientific meeting took place at the Paracelsus Medizinische Universität in Salzburg. Over 40 principal investigators, trainees and collaborators from the 15 different partner institutions shared their research progress since the start of the project 18 months ago and discussed future steps. At the meeting the NanoDiaRA team also welcomed their project officer Dr. Maj-Inger Nilsson from the European Commission.

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Training and Exchange Day at EPFL, Lausanne

On 7 June 2011, a “Training and Exchange Day” took place at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), bringing together all young NanoDiaRA-investigators from Switzerland. As this was the first time that such an event was conducted independently from the regular scientific meetings, the main focus was on the very basis of the NanoDiaRA project: the production of the SPION particles.
In the morning, the young investigators visited the Powder Technology Laboratory (LTP lab), where EPFL members explained different aspects of the SPION synthesis and functionalization: Lionel Maurizi talked about the foundations of the particle synthesis, their physiochemical characterization and surface properties. Géraldine Coullerez encouraged the participants to reproduce different particle coatings directly in the lab. Usawadee Sakulkhu showed how the iron quantification with Prussian Blue works, and Vianney Bernau explained different aspects of the colloidal stability of the produced particles. Ending with a demonstration of protein separation and the magnetic fixed bed reactor which was developed at EPFL, the participants had the opportunity to comprehend the whole particle production and characterization step by step.
The afternoon was dedicated to selected topics the other participants are currently working about in NanoDiaRA. Lindsey Crowe, University Hospital of Geneva, talked about the MR imaging in rats she and her group are conducting. Hui Gao explained the function of the biomarker COMP that is used at Arrayon Biotechnology for detecting Arthritis, and Julian Kaufmann presented the micro-reactor for particle capturing he is developing at Centre Suisse d´Electronique et de Microtechnique (CSEM).
The day was not only filled with interesting presentations, but also with lively discussions about the contents of the talks and the collaborative work. It was decided to continue with this kind of meetings, the next two times focusing on biomarker detection and in vivo testing respectively.

Lionel Maurizi (EPFL) talks about synthesis and characterization of SPION.
Azza Gramoun’s (University of Geneva) first own production of PVA-coated SPION.
Julian Kaufmann (CSEM) tries a silica coating.
Vianney Bernau (EPFL) talks about the colloidal stability of SPION.
Usawadee Sakulkhu (EPFL) shows an iron quantification.
Hui Gao (Arrayon) presents the biomarker COMP.
Observing particle trapping in the magnetic reactor.
Lindsey Crowe (University of Geneva) explains MR imaging.

Project Steering Board Meeting

On 9 May 2011, the Co-ordinators and Workpackage leaders of the EU-NanoDiaRA project held a Project Steering Board (PSB) meeting in Zurich, Switzerland, to discuss the present status of the project in particular with regard to the recent evaluation by the Project Technical Advisor of the European Commission. The meeting especially focused on the scientific actions for the next twelve months dealing with the development of novel functionalized SPION-compositions (superparamagnetic nanoparticles) which will be used for the application in contrast agents and for in-vitro assays in the biomarker detection of Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis. Furthermore, the meeting presented an outstanding opportunity for the partners to interchange strategic highly relevant issues and to detect new opening synergies.
The Consortium agreed on encouraging young investigators to participate actively at scientific discussions with principle investigators. In this respect more training was provided on the latest “training and exchange day” at EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland) on 7 June 2011.

Third NanoDiaRA Scientific Meeting

The third NanoDiaRA Scientific Meeting took place in Fribourg from March 1 to 3, 2011. Besides the meetings of the Boards and discussion and exchange between the different work packages, the "Young Investigator's Day" was hold, where young researchers presented and discussed their work.

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Second NanoDiaRA Scientific Meeting

Second scientific meeting and summerschool of EC funded project on nanotechnology in medicine to improve early diagnosis and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis

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Final Project Group Meeting in Leuven

19 February, 2014
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NANOFOL – NanoDiaRA Conference in the 7th Framework Programme

20–21 November, 2013
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Public conference: Nanoparticles for early diagnostics of inflammatory diseases - new approaches in the field of soft and hard nanoparticles

20–21 November, 2013
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Administrative Coordination

Priv.-Doz. Dr. med. Felix Thiele, M. Sc.
Europäische Akademie zur Erforschung von Folgen wissenschaftlich-technischer Entwicklungen Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler GmbH
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Scientific Coordination

Margarethe Hofmann-Amtenbrink Dr.-Ing.
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