TRAINING ACTIVITIES

The expanding diversification and specialization of knowledge and the growing complexity of contemporary translational research warrant the creation of cooperative multi-disciplinary networks including both basic and medically oriented expertise.

This notion is especially true in the field of cancer metabolism, given the complexity of the technologies involved in the investigation of the plasticity that cancer cells exploit to respond and survive to a plethora of micro-environmental selective pressures, the extreme heterogeneity of the clinical presentations, the difficulty in the implementation and efficacy assessment of adjuvant therapies targeting metabolic routes, aimed at developing personalised anti-cancer treatment. The TRANSMIT project is therefore an ideal platform for the training of young investigators who will develop a broad view of a heterogeneous non-communicable disease such as cancer, working in a multi-faceted area of basic and applied research. The training activities planned for the ESRs, organised at local and network level, will take place following a multidisciplinary and two-level approach: training-through-research and training on complementary skills connected to financial, commercial, ethical, communication and managerial aspects related to life sciences application, with a particular focus on basic, translational and pre-clinical oncology. Every ESR fellow will obtain a PhD degree.

Overall, the ESRs involved in this project will receive training via:

  1. research and complementary activities within the network;
  2. secondments and technical workshops;
  3. advanced training courses organised by associated partners;
  4. participation in international conferences and meetings;
  5. one Summer and one Spring School organised by full partners belonging to the private sector;
  6. Mid-year and End-year Meetings – Network Coordination;
  7. dissemination and outreach activities.

TECHNICAL WORKSHOPS

  • Measuring mitochondrial function using the Seahorse Extracellular Flux Analyser” held on June 28, 2018 at the MRC Cancer Unit, University of Cambridge. Read the programme here.
  • Principles of metabolomics” held on June 29, 2018 at the MRC Cancer Unit, University of Cambridge. Read the programme here.
  • Commercial Awareness Training Workshop”, organised by AvantiCell, held in Ayr on July 1st and 2nd, 2018. Read the programme here.
  • Imaging tools for cells and tissue sections sample preparation – image acquisition – image analysis (general topics + focus on mitochondria / hypoxia)”, organised by UCL, held on October 27, 2018. Read the programme here.
  • MitoFit Coaching Days” (training on High-Resolution FluoRespirometry), organised by OROBOROS, to be held in Innsbruck (Austria) on December 10-12, 2018.

ADVANCED COURSES

  • Advanced Course in “Cancer Metabolism”, to be held at CEUB, Bertinoro di Romagna (Italy) on November 29-30, 2018;
  • Course in “Cancer and Nutrition”, organised by UNIBO, to be held at CEUB, Bertinoro di Romagna (Italy) on December 1st, 2018;
  • Summer School on “Metabolomics”, organised by BIOCRATES, to be held in Innsbruck (Austria) on December 3-7, 2018.