The Second Congress of Molecular Biologists of Serbia (CoMBoS 2) was held from October 6-8, 2023 in the Hall of Heroes at the Faculty of Philology, located in the heart of Belgrade. CoMBoS 2 covered many fields of molecular biology and offered exciting lectures delivered by renowned scientists and experts from our country and abroad.
The Congress was a good opportunity to increase the visibility of the STREAMLINE Project outputs among academic public. Accordingly, within the congress STREAMLINE team organized thematic workshop: “iPSCs as a tool for modelling disease and discovering molecular mechanisms of neurodevelopmental disorders”. The majority of attendees was students that had an opportunity to learn about the latest iPSCs-based approaches for studying neurodevelopmental disorders. In particular, they fallowed the lectures regarding cell reprogramming techniques and in vitro neural differentiation of induced pluripotent stem cells, they also got insight into 3D modeling of neurological disorders and the latest trends in iPSCs technology towards innovative solutions.
As invited speaker, dr Andrijana Lazić, presented STREAMLINE outputs through lecture “22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome as a tool for modelling and research of neurodevelopmental disorders” within session Molecular Biomedicine. The main focused of the lecture was on STREAMLINE Exploratory Research Project and how far we have come in designing a new iPSCs-based tool for unveiling neuropathological mechanisms of human neurodevelopmental disorders.
Within the same session the youngest STREAMLINE team members Jovana Kostić and Ivana Simeunović presented their PhD topics in form of posters. Particularly, they briefly introduced the establishment of iPSCs from patients with 22q11.2 duplication and deletion syndrome as model systems for studying neurodevelopmental disorders.