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Twinning on DNA-Based Cancer Vaccines (VACTRAIN)

Project/agreement No.
692293-Vactrain
Project funding
357 575.00 EUR
Project manager
Asja Lunga
Project realization
01.01.2016. - 31.12.2018.

Aim

The project aims to strengthen the research at Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU, Latvia) in the area of smart specialisation, namely, “bio-medicine, medical technologies, and biotechnologies” in the direction of cancer immunotherapy by establishing a closer cooperation with two internationally leading research institutions – the Institute of Microbiology, Tumour and Cell Biology, Karolinska Institutet (Sweden), the Department of General Biophysics, University of Lodz (Poland) and the R. E. Kavetsky Institute of Experimental Pathology, Oncology and Radiobiology of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.

Description

Project activities

  • Staff exchange visits, seminars, coordination of summer schools 
  • Implementation of teaching and experimental laboratory courses 
  • Visits by experts, short term courses offered on site 
  • Participation in conferences and preparation of publications 
  • Dissemination of project results and community information events 
  • Project management 

Project coordinator Maria Issagouliantis, RSU Lead Researcher

Project partners

  • Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU), Latvia (leading partner)
  • Karolinska Institutet (Sweden)
  • R. E. Kavetsky Institute of Experimental Pathology Oncology and Radiobiology of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (Ukraine)
  • Uniwersytet Łódzki (Poland)

 www.vactrain.lv

Project output

2016.

 

  • Training course “IN VIVO GENE DELIVERY” November 16 - December, 2016, MTC/Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Symposium “TARGETS OF IMMUNOTHERAPY OF CHRONIC VIRAL INFECTIONS AND CANCER” Rīga Stradiņš University, Riga, Latvia May 24 - 26, 2016
  • Supplementary lecture course in Applied Biophysics by Lodz University Rīga Stradiņš University, Riga, May 27, 2016
  • Training course “GENE EXPRESSION” June 14 - 15, 2016, Kavetsky Institute of the Experimental Pathology, Oncology and Radiology,  Kyiv, Ukraine
  • Symposium “INTEGRAL CLINICAL AND PATHOGENETIC APPROACHES IN DIAGNOSIS AND THERAPY OF CANCER” RE Kavetsky Institute of Experimental Pathology, Oncology and Radiobiology, Kyiv, Ukraine, June 13 - 15, 2016

  • Individual training  “DNA IMMUNIZATION AND FOLLOW UP OF IMMUNE RESPONSE IN MICE BY DIRECT IMMUNE AND INDIRECT BIOLUMINESCENCE-BASED METHODS”, May 26 - August 5, 2016, MTC/Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

  • Dissemination activities: Participation in organization and attendance of the international conference “TOOLKITS FOR DNA VACCINE DESIGN, AN UPDATE” Moscow, November 17 - 20, 2016

  • Training course “IN VIVO GENE DELIVERY” November 16 - December, 2016, MTC/Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden

 

2017.

 

  • International VACTRAIN/ 3rd Swedish-Ukrainian Workshop on cancer diseases “Search for tumor specific targets” Karolinska institutet, Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell biology Stockholm, January 16 - 17, 2017
  • Dissemination activities:  Seminar for students of Utrecht University Rīga Stradiņš University, Riga, April 18, 2017
  • Dissemination activities: Attendance of  4th International SKIN VACCINATION SUMMIT Leiden, the Netherlands, May 22 - 24, 2017
  • Training course “DENDRIMERS@SMALL MOLECULE APPLICATIONS”,February 7 - May 28, 2017, Department of General Biophysics, University of Lodz, Poland
  • Dissemination activities: Seminar of the TWINNING projects implemented in Latvia Rīga Stradiņš University, Riga, May 31, 2017
  • First round individual training  "DENDRIMERS & SMALL MOLECULE APPLICATIONS” May 22 - June 10, 2017 Department of General Biophysics, University of Lodz, Poland (DGB/UL)
  • Second round individual training "DENDRIMERS & SMALL MOLECULE APPLICATIONS”   June 10 - July 9, 2017 MTC/Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Individual training “TUMOR TRAINING”  June 26 - July 27, 2017 MTC/Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Dissemination activities: 2017 International Society for Vaccines (ISV) Annual Congress Paris, Institute Pasteur in Paris on October 5th - 7th 2017
2018.

A seminar “Progress of the VACTRAIN project” will be held on 16 February at 13:00 p.m. in the RSU Senate Hall at 16 Dzirciema iela. Speakers will be Margaret Liu, ProTherImmune, University of San Francisco, USA, Maksim Ionov, University of Lodz, Poland,  Ilya Gordeychuk, Chumakov Federal Center for Research and Development of Immune and Biological Products, Russia,  Maria Issagouliantis, RSU, Latvia, Džeina Mežale, RSU, Latvia.

Anyone interested in attending should register by 14 February, e-mail: asja[pnkts]lungaatrsu[pnkts]lv; ph. 67409152

Agenda