Updated March 26, 2020
At this moment the Symposium is still scheduled to take place on May 14-15, 2020 and the EV Summer School is still scheduled to take place on May 11-13, 2020.
However, this might change as we cannot predict the course of COVID-19 pandemic in the world and in Estonia.
We are constantly evaluating the situation and we will update you on any new developments.
Stay safe and healthy!
News and Announcements
We are pleased to invite you to a two-day symposium EXTRACELLULAR VESICLES IN PATHOPHYSIOLOGY | New advances in the development of diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for treating chronic diseases and cancer that will take place on May 14-15, 2020 in Tartu, CHEMICUM, Ravila 14A, room 1020.
EVs are small (30-5000 nm) membrane surrounded structures released by cells. They contain different molecules such as RNA and proteins. To this day very little is known about EVs given their infinitesimal size, but the evidence is mounting that this cellular ‘postal service’ is essential for the body’s day-to-day functions and could even provide new ways for diagnosis and curing disease. In Tartu, we have invented an EV based approach to diagnose implantation potential of embryos used for IVF patients. In other parts of the world, intensive research is being conducted to use EVs as a means of chronic inflammatory diseases such as psoriasis and cancer diagnosis and therapy.
The third symposium of TransGeno is aimed to gather lecturers and experts from different EV related research fields to illustrate different methods of cell-cell communication and its effects on cellular function as well as the role that they can play in diagnosis and therapies of patients.
The symposium will feature the following sessions:
– EV characterization and purification technologies
– Therapeutic application of EVs
– EV diagnostics
– EVs in pharmacology
Tentative list of invited speakers includes:
Aija Linē (Latvian Biomedical Research and Study Centre, Latvia)
André Görgens (Karolinska Institutet, Sweden)
Dirk Michiel Pegtel (Amsterdam University Medical Centre, Netherlands)
Frederik Johannes Verweij (National Institute for Health and Medical Research – INSERM, France)
Jack Rohrer (Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland)
Juan Manuel Falcon-Perez (Center for Cooperative Research in BioSciences, Spain)
Reet Kurg (University of Tartu, Estonia)
Rim Jawad (Karolinska Institutet, Sweden)
Scott Bonner (University of Oxford, UK)
Tobias Tertel (University Hospital Essen, Germany)
Victoria James (University of Nottingham, UK)
Participation is free of charge, although registration is required. For registration and more information please visit symposium’s website http://www.transgeno2020.ut.ee
The symposium is organized by the Doctoral School of Clinical Medicine, funded by the Regional Fund of the European Union (Tartu University’s ASTRA project PER ASPERA) and the ERA Chair of Translational Genomics at the University of Tartu (European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 668989)
On Monday, Feb 10, Prof. Alireza Fazeli visited Prof. Sławomir Wołczyński‘s research group at the Medical University of Bialystok, presenting a lecture entitled: “Assessment of Embryo Implantation Potential Based On Embryo-Maternal Communication”.
The first Polish IVF child has been conceived and born in the city of Bialystok, thanks to the pioneering research of Prof. Wołczyński.
We are pleased to invite you to the summer school “Basics to Work with Extracellular Vesicles“ that will take place on May 11-13, 2020 in Tartu, Ravila 14B.
Summer School aims to introduce the basic methods for working with Extracellular Vesicles (EVs). The EV Summer School will go through all the steps to work with EVs starting from sample preparation and EV purification until the data analysis of different EV quality and quantity data. A series of seminars and hands-on training will be provided, thus a participant would have a thorough overview of different methods applicable at UT. The seminars and hands-on training will be held by researchers and PhD students working on different EV projects under the ERA Chair of Translational Genomics at the University of Tartu. Additionally, at least two experts from outside the UT will be involved. The outcome of this Summer School would be knowledge, which helps a student to plan and conduct a project to study EVs.
Summer School is open to 16 PhD / MSc students and researchers.
Completed course provides 1 ECTS credit point.
All participants need to prepare a 3-minute presentation on their current or future research project.
For PROGRAM please visit the researchers’ school webpage.
Participation is free of charge but the application is required.
Letters for application with CV and motivational letter are expected until 1st of April.
For registration and additional information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The course will be conducted by the ERA Chair of Translational Genomics at the University of Tartu (European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 668989).
We are inviting you to take part in ⚡BioHackathon 2020⚡ on January 29th.
BioHackathon 2020 will bring together students and starting and established entrepreneurs in the field of life sciences focusing on business development, execution of ideas and improving idea pitches. The event focuses on business development and execution of the ideas through an intensive mentoring program on-site. All participants will take part in a pitching competition and sessions with mentors as well as learn from topical seminars, held by experts in the Life Sciences sector.
If your idea is in any of the following areas, join us!
🧬Biotechnology (all the colors of the rainbow)
🧪Life Science (more general ideas)
Participation is free of charge, but registration is required. Registration is open!
For more detailed information visit the event on Facebook
👉🏻 BioHackathon 2020 – sTARTUp Day 2020
10:00-10:30 Registration + morning coffee
10:30-11:30 Keynotes/seminars by Merike Leego (EIT Health), Mindaugas Plieskis (Johnson&Johnson), Priit Aigro (HealBED)
11:30-12:00 Idea pitches
12:00-13:00 Team formation + working on business cases with mentors
13:00-14:00 Lunch (with teamwork)
14:00-16:00 Working on business cases with mentors
16:00-16:15 Guided mindfulness session
16:15-16:30 Coffee break
16:30-17:00 Final prep for pitching
17:00-18:00 Pitching competition + feedback
At the end of the day the following prizes will also be given out:
– The winner of BioHackathon – prize 500 euros
– Best pitch of BioHackathon – 5 hours of consultations from Tartu Biotechnology Park
– BioHackathon winner will pitch in the Nordic PitchMatch on the 31st of January on the sTARTUp Day pitching stage!
BioHackathon is organized by Tartu Biotechnology Park and is a side event of sTARTUp Day 2020 – the biggest festival in the Baltics, taking place from 29th to 31st January 2020. The event aims to connect startup-minded people and celebrate entrepreneurship in the smart city of Tartu.
This event has been supported by EIT Health and TransGeno project that has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon research and innovation program under grant agreement No 668989.
– in Novaator (05.12.2019) – Merihobukesed aitavad Tartu teadlastel uurida raseduse evolutsiooni , and
– in Research in Estonia (15.01.2020) – Seahorses are helping scientists to study the evolution of pregnancy.
I graduated from Medical School of Tartu in 2004 and received a diploma in Biomedical Laboratory Science. Since January 2017 I am working in Prof. Alireza Fazeli´s group as a specialist of the sequencing laboratory. Read more…
Hector C. Pagan has twenty years of project writing and management experience both in United States and Estonia. He has worked in a wide range of fields including projects devoted to developing the medical area between Latvia and Estonia, research on skin and bone tissue generation, livestock breeding technologies and translational genomics. Read more…
She is a Junior Research Fellow and PhD student in the department of reproductive biology at the Estonian University of Life Sciences. She specializes in bovine in vitro fertilization and has also experience as an European project manager her PhD topic is related to in vitro production of dairy cattle embryos.