We had an interesting guest seminar by Dr. Augustas Pivoriūnas (Deputy Director for Scientific Affairs and Head of the Department of Stem Cell Biology at State Research Institute Centre for Innovative Medicine, Vilnius, Lithuania).
Seminar title: “Extracellular vesicles as a new mode of intercellular communication and potent novel therapeutic tools against neurodegenerative diseases”.
During the seminar, Dr. Pivoriūnas introduced the audience to the rapidly expanding field of extracellular vesicles (EVs). Then some hot topics, such as the problem of heterogeneity of EVs, lack of appropriate markers, the problem of quantification and therapeutic dosage were discussed. During the second part of the seminar, he presented and discussed their recent data about the neuroprotective properties of EVs using in vitro and in vivo models of Parkinson’s disease.
Dr. Augustas Pivoriūnas is Deputy Director for Scientific Affairs and Head of the Department of Stem Cell Biology at State Research Institute Centre for Innovative Medicine, Vilnius, Lithuania. He leads an active group of scientists and Ph.D. students and his research interests focus primarily on extracellular vesicles derived from different types of adult stem cells and their applications in basic research and cell-based therapies.