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Dear Life Scientists,  
Science is at its best when it is shared. Whether it is literally sharing a workbench in a lab or simply exchanging ideas, having an eye for what others are doing has helped shape many (if not most) of the greatest scientific breakthroughs. 

Stepping outside your scientific bubble was never easier! It the era of home offices, there is a great offering of virtual events, webinars, online conferences and meetings at your fingertips. Having trouble choosing? Why not start next Monday and drop by at the Science for Life café?

In Utrecht, close proximity of research facilities fosters not only great science, but also a faster translation of scientific results to the real world. Have a look at our ambitions to create an Innovation Center for Advanced Therapies for instance, where collaboration is a true game-changer. 

You've guessed it: This edition of the newsletter is all about sharing science! 
Online events 
Meet your fellow Life Scientists at the following selection of online events: 

Any interesting events to share with us? Let us know by a reply to this newsletter!

Selling your science
Creating impact with your research goes beyond publishing and giving presentations. Do you know how to create both societal and economic impact with your research? Do you want your research to reach society? This course provides you with the skills to create impact and you might even win your next grant by following this course. In this interactive course you will learn to sell your science , either to external parties , or through a convincing knowledge utilization paragrafh in a research proposal.

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Headlines
In this edition about collaboration we we highlight two developments at Utrecht Science park that show the value of working together towards a greater goal. 
Smart Organ-on-Chip consortium

Utrecht researchers are working towards a universal standard for the pharmaceutical industry in the area of advanced disease modeling. Under the umbrella of the hDMT multidisciplinary consortium, a group of researchers secured €4.8 milion in funding for a project that aims to connect different Organ-on-chip technologies.
Read THE article 
 
The new prodigy: a step towards an Innovation Center for Advanced Therapies

Last week the UMC Utrecht celebrated the arrival of the Prodigy: a device that can build CAR-T cells. These cells are custom-built from a patients own cells and play an important role in innovative immunotherapy. Having the capacity to build these cells in close proximity to the patient, instead of shipping material to and from the US is a major step towards an Innovation Center for Advanced Therapies (ICAT). 
Read about the ICAT here
Collaborations and Incentives

EU Consortia incentive fund

To better support the strategic themes in the formation of International consortia and the coordination of applications for multi-partner projects, the UU Executive Board has made available an incentive fund for the implementation of the EU strategy 2019-2022 aimed at increasing UU presence in challenge-based EU-funded research and innovation consortia. There is still funding left for Life Sciences. Find out more at UU Intranet, or through the Research Support Office for UMCU researchers.

HDMT Working Groups

Since Utrecht joined the hDMT  there are positions in thematic working groups Heart-on-Chip, Vessels-on-Chip, Cancer-on-Chip, Skeletal Muscle-on-Chip, Eye-on-Chip, Brain-on-Chip, Gut/Liver-on-Chip. Would you like to join one of these working groups? Let us know via a reply to this newsletter.  More information is found here
In the spotlight
Some interesting developments at the Science park and news from the TPI working group. 
Better Science with less animal testing? Join the debate (in Dutch) 

On Tuesday june 8, researchers, politicians, pharmacists, doctors, animal rights advocates, civil servants and students will hold a debate on the future of animal testing. 

At UU, we are open about our policies regarding test animals and serious about the transition towards animal-free innovation. Interested in this debate? Save the date!
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Crying human tear glands grown in the lab

Researchers from the lab of Hans Clevers (Hubrecht Institute) and the UMC Utrecht used organoid technology to grow miniature human tear glands that actually cry. The organoids serve as a model to study how certain cells in the human tear gland produce tears or fail to do so. Scientists everywhere can use the model to identify new treatment options for patients with tear gland disorders, such as dry eye disease. Hopefully in the future, the organoids can even be transplanted into patients with non-functioning tear glands. 
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Storytelling
 

Sharing Science is all about telling stories.  Utrecht University works towards a better world. Our Evergreen Stories show the paths our bright minds are taking to contribute to better futures: the roads they walk, the insights they gain, the impact they have and the wonder it all starts with. The background stories range from planetary health, to organoids and the exposome. Things you might never even heard of or thought about, but in fact concern you too. The evergreen stories will expand continuously and provide insights in the contribution we make to society. Join us, on the roads to a better future. 
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News from the Graduate School of Life Sciences

Since 2018 the PhD Course Centre offers a training ‘Supervision of PhD candidates’ that is already attended by > 100 PhD supervisors. Together with the Supervisor of the Year election that is organised by the GSLS PhD Council in 2021 for the fourth time, this exemplifies that a professional level of supervision is highly valued by the GSLS.




I Art my Science is a project which aims to capture the identity of the Graduate School of Life Sciences (GSLS) of Utrecht University and to showcase its diversity through visual art.
Are you passionate about science and do you find beauty in it? Can you be inspired to look at your research from an artistic point of view?  Read on
HUBDATES: News from the Life Sciences HUBS
The four Life Sciences hubs aim to bring excellent researchers from different disciplines together
 
Utrecht Exposome Hub
Utrecht University's 385th Anniversary Day will be celebrated online on Friday, March 26 (starts 15.00). This year's edition marks the start of the collective 77th lustrum with the University Medical Center Utrecht, entitled: creating tomorrow together. 

This year's anniversary speech entitled “Building a healthy living environment together” will be held by Prof. Roel Vermeulen.

Watch the teaser
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U-PORT and UAIM Hubs
Advanced in vitro kidney models are of great importance to the study of renal physiology and disease. Utrecht researchers established Kidney tubuloids from primary cells derived from adult kidney tissue or urine. Tubuloids are three-dimensional multicellular structures that recapitulate tubular function and have been used to study infectious, malignant, metabolic, and genetic diseases.
read the article
 
Utrecht Micribial Immunology Hub
UMI HUB researchers identify cross-reactive human monoclonal antibodies that can bind multiple human coronaviruses. 

Research leader Berend-Jan Bosch: ‘We isolated these antibodies from immunized transgenic mice that carry human immunoglobulin genes. Particularly one antibody displayed a remarkable cross-reactivity and was able to bind distinct spike proteins of human infecting coronaviruses including SARS-CoV, SARS-CoV-2, MERS-CoV and the endemic human coronavirus HCoV-OC43’.

Read the full article here
NEWS from the Faculties
The strategic theme Life Sciences encompasses research at the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and the University Medical Center Utrecht. Here we highlight recent research.
1 MARCH 2021
Best electron microscope in the world for Utrecht University

UU has brought into use an electron microscope that can image individual atoms in nanoparticles, and offers possibilities to develop new sustainable materials.

 
12 march 2021
12 Million for European COVID Vaccine research

Will the current vaccines be sufficiently effective if new virus variants emerge? Can you combine two vaccines while there is a shortage? Does it make sense to vaccinate children? These kinds of questions are expected to be answered by VACCELARATE: a European network set up for clinical trials with COVID-19 vaccines in 21 countries. The UMC Utrecht is coordinating the capacity building of the trial sites.
 
23 MARCH 2021
Debbie Jaarsma appointed Dean of Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

The Executive Board of Utrecht University has appointed Professor Debbie Jaarsma to the position of Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine as of August 1st , 2021.

Agenda 
26 March 2021 Online DIES
29 March 2021 Science for Life Café
14 April 2021 Writing training for Scientists
15-16 April 2021 Innovation for Health
4 May 2021  Start MOOC Exposome
20 May 2021 UMI Hub Webinar 'When Immunology meets metabolism'
 
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