Training Course 2015

2015 GLYCOIMMUNOLOGY TRAINING COURSE

19-21 OCTOBER 2015

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL

GLYCOIMMUNOLOGY FROM BED-TO-LAB-TO-BEDSIDE: CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL APPLICATIONS IN THE STUDY OF HEART VALVES DISEASE

Six travel grants have been allocated to excellent candidates and will fully cover travel and training course expenses to attend the GLYCOIMMUNOLOGY TRAINING COURSE that will take place on 19-21 October 2015 at Tel Aviv University, Israel.


OVERVIEW

The goal of this course was to expose international students to the growing field of glycoimmunology, to foster interactions and promote the latest insights into the role of glycans in the immune system.

The TRANSLINK project funded by the European Commission 7th Framework Program hosted the “2015 Glycoimmunology Training Course” in Tel Aviv University, Israel on Monday October 19th through Wednesday October 21st. The course featured a series of prominent invited lectures followed by hands-on training. It presented a cross-disciplinary and uniquely broad approach to study glycoimmunology covering both clinical and laboratory state-of-the-art techniques. The TRANSLINK 2015 Glycoimmunology Training Course aimed to stimulate innovative thinking of cutting-edge ideas to address important clinical and research discoveries.

The Course covered these major themes: Clinical considerations in patients’ recruitment and assessment by echo-cardiography, analysis of glycans in various biological samples, assessment of glycan immune recognition using traditional or high-throughput technologies.

Keynote speakers:

  • Emanuele Cozzi, MD, PhD Padua University Hospital – Padua, Italy
  • Jean Christian Roussel, MD Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Nantes – Nantes, France
  •  Vered Padler-Karavani, PhD Tel Aviv University – Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Alfons Nonell-Canals, PhD Mind The Byte – Barcelona, Spain

Instructors:

  • Shani Leviatan Ben-Arye, PhD Tel Aviv University – Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Eliran Moshe Reuven, PhD Tel Aviv University – Tel Aviv, Israel

The six chosen students, which went in depth into the growing field of glycoimmunology, came from a variety of EU and no-EU countries, specifically from Argentina, Italy, Spain, Germany, Switzerland and Israel. They experienced during three days a complete hands-on training experience in this field. The course included experimental learning about analysis of sialoglycans by HPLC, the assessment of glycan immune recognition, high-throughput assessment of glycan immune recognition and lectures about computational techniques to evaluate glycans features.

The students gave the course an overall evaluation of 10 and remark the excellent organization and coordination.

Some of their comments:

“course really well organized”
“I fully appreciated the integration of theory and practical experience”
“there were many statistical and analytical tools with powerful applications in biology”
“very clear and interesting”
“all the information was presented in a simplified and comprehensive way”

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