European SmArteR Summer School on Vascular Biology

15-19 november 2015

The SmArteR Summer School (SS) was hosted by the Department of Cardiology, James Black Centre, King’s College, University of London. Professor Xu welcome the E(S)Rs students and opened the SS, focused on vascular biology and miRNA research. The students had the chance to visit Prof. Xu labs and had a demonstration of how to work with miRNA.


In the last part of the week there was the midterm review meeting (MTR). During the MTR, a Research Executive Agency (REA) representative was present to evaluate the progression of each projects. The MTR was an essential step for the further progress of SmArteR. Each E(S)Rs students had 10minutes to  present his own research topic, including the results obtained and the future plans. This was done in a poster tour fashion, where at the end of each presentation questions were allowed. All E(S)Rs students used the same template to underline the group identity. The REA representative was particularly enthusiast about the poster tour and impressed about the achievement of every E(S)Rs students. To sum up, it was a scientifically exiting meeting. The great feedback we got from the REA representative boosted both, the E(S)Rs students and the PIs, to face the second part of the SmArteR project with new motivation.


Program SmArteR Summer School, London

Day One:                        Sunday 15th November

                                        Opening Session


16.30 – 17:00               Arriving registration

17.00 – 18.00               Giovanni Mann: Oxidative stress and vascular remodelling (KCL, UK)

18:00 – 18:30               Drinks & Snacks

18:30 – 20.00               Dinner


Day Two:                        Monday 16th November

                                        Session I Vascular Pathophysiology

9.00 – 9.50                    Sue Brain: Pathophysiology and the vasculature (KCL,UK)

9.50 – 10.40                  Paul Fraser: Endothelial cells (KCL, UK)

10.40 – 11.00               Coffee break

                                           Session II Angiogenesis

11.00 – 11.50               Anna Randi: Angiogenesis (KCL, UK)

11.50 – 12.40               Costanza Emanueli: MicroRNA in angiogenesis (Bristol, UK)

12.40 – 13.30               Lunch

                                           Session III Inflammation

13.30 – 14.20               Andrew Newby: Macrophage/atherosclerosis (Bristol, UK)

14.00 – 13.10               Paul Evans: Inflammation and atherosclerosis (Sheffield, UK)

15.10 – 15.30               Tea Break

                                           Session IV Vascular Remodelling

3.30 – 4.40                    Paul Quax: Vessel remodelling (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

4.40 – 5.30                     Alicja Józkowicz: HO-1 in vessel remodelling (Krakow, Poland)

5:30 – 6.20                    Akos Koller: Vascular aging (Pécs, Hungary)

6:30 – 9:00                    Faculty Dinner


Day Three:                    Tuesday 17th November

                                           Session V Biomarkers

9.00 – 9.50                    Chris Rhodes: Plasma proteins as Biomarkers (London, UK)

9.50 – 10.40                  Yvonne Alexander: Endothelial microparticles as Biomarkers (Manchester, UK)

10.40 – 11.00               Coffee Break

11.00 – 11.50               Soile Tapio: Vascular proteomics (Munich, Germany)

11.50 – 12.40               Harald Mischak: Urine proteomics (Glasgow, UK)

12.40 – 13.30               Lunch

13.30 – 15.30               Xiaoke Yin: Demonstration of Proteomic Technique (KCL, London)

15.30 – 16.00               Tea Break

16.00 – 17.30               Lab Practice

17.30 – 18:00               Discussion


Day four:                        Wednesday 18th November

                                           Session VI Genes/miRNA

9.00 – 9.50                    Steve Humphries: Genetics and vascular disease (London, UK)

9.50 – 10.40                  Anna Zampetaki: miRNA from blood to the cell (London, UK)

10.40 – 11.00               Coffee break

11.00 – 11.50               Karen E Porter: microRNA in SMCs (Leeds, UK)

11.50 – 12.40               Andrew Baker: miRNA and vascular remodelling (Glasgow, UK)

12.40 – 13.30               Lunch, James Black Centre

13.30 – 16.30               Lab demonstration of miRNA study

16.30 – 17.30               E(S)R meeting between fellows

17.30                               Conclusion


Day five:                         Thursday 19th November


Mid-term review


08.30 ‐ 08.40          Introduction (Ed)

Overall goals of the network and Marie Curie actions

08.40 ‐ 10.15          Presentation of partner labs and their role in the network (all PIs) Here each partner lab gave about 3 min to present itself and how they and their ESR/ER projects contribute to the overall goals of the network, focusing on competence and synergies.

10.15 ‐ 10.45          Coffee break

10.45 ‐ 11.30          Coordinator´s report (Ed)

Prof. van Bavel spoke about the overall progress, training events, meetings, network functions, cooperation and recruitment finances.

11.30 ‐ 12.30          Fellows individual reports & poster presentation (all students)

This was the main presentation of the individual projects. It was made in the form of a poster tour, allowing about 10 min per project. The students presented the poster and answered to questions coming from their fellows, Pf and the REA representative.

12.30 ‐ 13.30          Lunch

13.30 ‐ 14.30          Fellows reports (continued…)

14.30 ‐ 15.30          Meeting between fellows and REA representative

E(S)Rs and the REA representative discussed how individual projects were evolving, but also personal future plans at the end of the SmArteR project.

15.30 ‐ 15.45          Coffee break

15.45 ‐ 16.30          Open discussion

The REA representative discuss the day, and congratulated the PI and E(S)Rs for the successful outcome of the first half of SmArteR. The poster view tour was particularly appreciated.

17.00 ‐18.30           SmArteR board meeting (board members only)

* Forthcoming SmArteR events

* Economical and administrative matters

19.00                      Evening Dinner


The dinner took place at the RSJ Restaurant



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