15 October

EMBL Partnership Conference: Perspectives in Translational Medicine

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The European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) Partnership Conference in Barcelona from 25 to 27 September brought together EMBL partner institutes to talk about perspectives in translational medicine. The conference was attended by roughly 200 participants from across Europe and Australia, and covered a broad range of topics from astrocyte stress response modulators to zebrafish models of human disease.

Hubrecht Institute scientists joined this 3rd EMBL Partnership Conference “Perspectives in Translational Medicine” for the first time as EMBL partner institute, together with attendees from various EMBL sites and their other partner institutes. The conference brought together researchers operating in the field of molecular medicine to enable exchange of expertise and build new collaborations and research networks. The broad range of conference topics covered translational neuroscience, host-pathogen interaction and immunity, model systems and disease modelling, genome organization, and networks and computer modelling. Menno Creyghton and Ina Sonnen were featured speakers from the Hubrecht Institute, along with keynote lecturer Jeroen den Hertog.

Young Investigator's Meeting group dinner

In addition, the Hubrecht Institute was very active in facilitating the Young Investigator’s Meeting held immediately after the conference. This additional 2-day meeting geared towards the professional development of the post-graduate attendees was organized by PhDs and PostDocs from each institute, with Kim Laband and Kim De Luca representing the Hubrecht Institute. The meeting provided workshops and discussion panels on professions inside and out of academia (and how to maximize the potential for success in each area) and provided a great networking opportunity. The group dinner and tour of Barcelona were greatly enjoyed and allowed for further networking and interaction between the attendees.

The Hubrecht Institute and EMBL partners look forward to seeing everyone again at the next meeting!

Founded in 1974, the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) is Europe’s flagship laboratory for the life sciences – an intergovernmental organization with more than 80 independent research groups covering the spectrum of molecular biology. It operates across six sites (Heidelberg, Barcelona, Hamburg, Grenoble, Rome and EMBL-EBI Hinxton) and has 11 partnerships, including the Hubrecht Institute.

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