Summer school 2012

Second NanoDiaRA summer school took place in Lund

Participants at summer school 2012 in Lund

The second NanoDiaRA summer school took place from 28 May to 1 June, 2012, at Lund University, Sweden. It covered all the features of cell and molecular biology related to inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Young NanoDiaRA researchers from Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Estonia as well as Swedish investigators and invited speakers from USA and Canada attended the meeting which brought together young scientists of the NanoDiaRA consortium as well as experts from different research fields. Hosts were Professor Dick Heinegård, Head of Musculoskeletal Biology at the Department of Clinical Sciences, Lund University, and principal investigator in NanoDiaRA (responsible especially for the development of biomarkers) and his colleague Patrik Önnerfjord.

On the first day, Tore Saxne, Professor of Rheumatology at University of Lund, gave an introduction to rheumatic diseases and, thus, provided an overview of the very focus of NanoDiaRA. Afterwards the invited experts discussed about the extracellular matrix, a physiological entity that is crucial in the process of inflammatory diseases: Kristofer Rubin (Professor in Connective Tissue at the University of Uppsala), Viveka Tillgren (Lund University), Alan Grodzinsky (Professor of Mechanical, Electrical and Biological Engineering, MIT Center for Biomedical Engineering), Professor em. Robin Poole (McGill University, Montréal; external advisor of NanoDiaRA) and Dick Heinegård talked about interactions with cells via integrins, cell surface proteoglycans and the structure of the matrix, particularly aggrecan, collagen and non-collageneous proteins.

On the second day Robin Poole, Dick Heinegård, Tore Saxne, Alan Grodzinsky and Martin Englund (Lund) concentrated on the degradation and function of the matrix. Later on the focus shifted to the technology for studies of tissues and inflammation with Viveka Tillgren, Patrik Önnerfjord (both Lund), Anders Sjödin (NanoDiaRA partner AnaMar) and Robin Poole, talking about various aspects of cell biology in practice.

While lectures about mechanisms in inflammation (by Lund lecturers Anna Blom and Fredrik Ivars) were the focus on the third day of the programme, on the fourth day several topics were on the agenda: Lund researchers from different research fields discussed the application of magnetic nanoparticles for treating thrombolysis (Maria Kempe), diagnosis methods (Tore Saxne) and MRI imaging (Jonas Svensson), followed by an introduction to molecular markers (Robin Poole) and fluorescence-activated cell sorting (Timo Gaber-Elsner, NanoDiaRA partner Charité Berlin). On the last day of the event, Lund investigators Freddy Ståhlberg, Leif Dahlberg, Tomas Jansson and Matthias Mörgelin gave insight into different imaging techniques like MRI, CT and ultrasound.

Furthermore, this NanoDiaRA summer school gave the young investigators the opportunity to set up experiments in the facilities of the Biomedical Center (BMC) of the University.

All participants thank the hosts for having had a whole week full of studying, discussing and get-togethers in Lund.

This year’s summer school was the second of three in a training series organized by NanoDiaRA (the first one was held at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, with a focus on particles and their biomedical applications in 2010). In 2013, both a winter school (Lausanne, EPFL) and a summer school are planned. 


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