Three members of the STREAMLINE team, Danijela Drakulić, Nataša Kovačević Grujičić, and Stefan Lazić, are on the staff exchange at the Maastricht University, Netherlands. Staff exchanges are dedicated to RNA-seq and Bioinformatics data analysis and the digitalized repository formation. IMGGE Project manager for International projects, Milan Slavković, is also on his staff exchange “Research governance and European consortium administration” at Maastricht University. We wish them a productive and successful stay!
STREAMLINE partners from Centre for Research & Technology Hellas (CERTH), Greece, had an opportunity to present STREAMLINE project at Thessaloniki International Trade Fair. This annual event, appointed every September, comes to present new ideas and proposals to the market on issues of technology, innovation, environmental protection, energy, education, start-ups, and e-governance essentially reflecting the modern socio-economic reality of Greece (https://thessalonikifair.gr/en). The event also serves as a venue for presenting important research projects, modern educational activities with an international viewpoint and initiatives for education and lifelong learning, while also highlighting the link between the educational community and entrepreneurship. Greek partners promoted STREAMLINE activities among general public in CERTH’s booth.
STREAMLINE 2nd Symposium
On Saturday, September 9th, the second Symposium entitled “22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome – 20 years of diagnostics and research in Serbia” was organized within the STREAMLINE project. This event gathers around families of patients with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, and also experts in this area, giving them a chance to discuss about latest advances related to this syndrome.
The day started with Dr. Goran Čuturilo and Dr. Danijela Drakulić talking about two decades of 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome diagnostic and research in Serbia. The opening speech was followed by presentations from representatives of National organization for rare diseases of Serbia (NORBS) and “22q ex YU”, Milica Perić and Vesna Vujičić, who talked about the current activities of their associations. Afterwards, clinicians from the University Children’s Hospital Tirsova, assist. dr Igor Stefanović, dr Srđa Janković and psychologist Sara Bečanović, gave their scientific talks with some practical advices.
STREAMLINE team members spent this wonderful day with patients and their families, enjoying the nature, watching animals and riding horses. This was a great opportunity to better understand the life of patients with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome and their daily struggles, but also to become familiar with their way of thinking and their many talents. Perhaps the most important thing is that this Symposium enabled parents who share the same problems to exchange experiences, to broaden perspectives, and create new contacts.
At the end of the Symposium, the impressions of participants were very positive and some of the people who attended shared their experience on social media, documenting activities and the wonderful atmosphere of this Symposium within STREAMLINE project.
Here you can find some shared posts:
We would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone for supporting our Symposium and STREAMLINE project thus far and we are looking forward to host another gathering soon.
After reprogramming of the somatic cells of patients with the familial form of 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome into induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), researchers of the STREAMLINE project are currently conducting the next phase of research – the differentiation of iPSCs into neurons and astrocytes. Neurons and astrocytes originating from patients with 22q11.2DS and healthy controls will be characterized and gene expression profiles will be analyzed by next-generation sequencing to discover sets of differentially expressed genes. These studies can contribute to the discovery of the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying this disease as well as the identification of new potential drugs in the future.
We would like to announce the symposium titled “22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome – 20 Years of Diagnostics and Research in Serbia” will take place on September 9, as a part of the STREAMLINE project. This symposium is a great opportunity to meet with patients and families and to discuss the latest achievements in the field of studying the 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome and neurodevelopmental disorders.