The Mid Term Review meeting of EUTRAIN started on January 8th in Utrecht. As EUTRAIN is a translational project it’s main goal is to ultimately have an impact on children with inflammatory diseases. To put also the meeting in this context the meeting was opened by Marlies Allewijn. Marlies Allewijn is a gifted writer and journalist. Especially for EUTRAIN she has parts of her novel “SchEef” translated. This semi-autobiographic book is an inspiring and funny book about a teenage girl with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. All participants were touched by her reading and asked about the full english translation of her book. EUTRAIN hopes that SchEef will be translated, first in english, and afterwards maybe in other languages. It is a book that deserves a larger audience.
January 7-9 EUTRAIN will meet in Utrecht. At this meeting much attention will be given to the patients as they are central for the research in EUTRAIN. The fellow day wll start cvopmpletely fron patient perspective with a direct conversation between parents of a boy with juvenile artritis (JIA) and the young investigators. At the main meeting two (ex-) JIA patients with extraordinary talents will open en close the first day: writer Marlies Allewijn and musician Svenja Staats.
A follow up of two years is by far insufficient to study the long-term side consequences of disease in children (Pierre Miossec)
Never say no (Faekah Gohar)
Make yes your standard answer (Louis Bont)
What is a good biomarker? (Lucy Wedderburn)
At the EULAR meeting in Madrid on June 15th Berent Prakken lectured about networking and presented EUTRAIN to the scientific community (EUTRAIN group members can view and download the presentation here after logging in at the UCAN-U site )
Bas Vastert Alessandra Petrelli and Manuela Battaglia enjoying lunch at the UU campus
Manuela Battaglia (PI ESR 8, San Raffaele, Milan) visited UMCU June 10 & 11th. Apart from giving the Eijkman lecture she discussed options for collaboration and exchange.As a result Alessandra will do a secondment in Milan in August/September to learn new cloning techniques.
The EUTRAIN meeting 2013 will be held in Utrecht on Sunday September 22 and Monday September 23.
The meeting will start sunday afternoon with a business meeting (PI’s); monday morning will be a science meeting (PI’s and ESR’s), and monday afternoon we will have an educational meeting (ESR’s) hosted by the Eureka Institute. More details will follow.
Four EUTRAIN students; Faekah Gohar (Munster), Robert van der Burgh (Munich), Patrick Maschmeyer (Berlin) and EUTRAIN coordinator Bas Vastert participated at the first EUTRAIN Day at Eureka. After participating in a full week of training in Translational Medicine at the Eureka Institute Certificate Course they engaged in an additional day of training fully developed for EUTRAIN. The program of the day can be found at the EUTRAIN group on the UCAN-U website.