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Science is a collaborative effort. Whether you are working from home or with a small number of co workers, whether you are writing up your results or setting up something new, the people around you shape the experience. The formal and informal meetings we have at conferences and events, in hallways and at coffee machines are hard to replace by online meetings. Yet online is the only place we can meet in numbers, so this year we will make it happen! Will you join our online events this year? 

The much anticipated Science for Life conference will be held online on November 16th. We're excited to present a highly interactive event with interesting keynotes and discussions, virtual poster sessions, workshops and lots of formal and informal meetings with your fellow life scientists. Interested to join? Pre-register here and stay updated!

Another great opportunity to expand your research network at Utrecht Science Park is the Life Sciences Facility Event. A handy overview of all the research facilities, presented live by the facility managers on a virtual information market leading up to a live networking event on October 27th. Information and registration here.

In the meantime, read up on our science news and enjoy the interviews in this newsletter. And do let us know if you see anything you like. 
People in Research
Science is not just about the big results. Here Life Scientists tell the stories behind the stories. 
PhD candidate Paul Jochems on valorisation

As part of his PhD research, Paul Jochems developed a model of the small intestines and used it to test the efficacy of biological substances. Now he is making the move to market his model for food research. We interviewed him about his journey.
Dr. Rashmi Sasidharan on plant stress

Dr. Rashmi Sasidharan leads a research group that investigates the way plants respond to extreme events such as drought and flooding. How can we ensure food crops ensure survive as more and more extreme weather events occur? Fundamental Life Sciences research with high societal relevance.
Life Sciences Outreach
Telling the story of science beyond the scientific community requires a different kind of storytelling. Here we make our research accessible for a larger audience. 
Follow Utrecht research on LinkedIn

Recently, interdisciplinary research at the UU has found a new home online.

Using showcase pages on LinkedIn, UU intends to involve interested parties in its research. You can find articles and publications for each theme. Not only that, but blogs, job vacancies and events will also be published there.
Showcasepage Life Sciences
The story of the exposome: the biggest influencer on health

Take a deep dive into the work we do at Life Sciences and explore our in depth articles.

This issue: find out how researchers from the Utrecht Exposome Hub are mapping the numerous exposures and thousands of chemicals that surround us to finally understand the impact of  environmental exposures on our health. 
HUBDATES: News from the Life Sciences HUBS
The four Life Sciences hubs aim to bring excellent researchers from different disciplines together
Utrecht Exposome Hub
Webinar: "The Exposome & COVID-19"
In an upcoming webinar, scientists of the Utrecht Exposome Hub will briefly explain how COVID-19 affected their research activities and how they deal with it. Rick Grobbee, Roel Vermeulen and Fernanda Paganelli will give you a glimpse of current COVID-19 research projects in the hub. A panel discussion lead by researcher Marcel de Zoete will follow. 

Info and registration
Utrecht Platform for Organoid Technology
Using organoids for disease modeling can shed light on mutations in cancer. In a recent study using intestinal organoids, the research group of Prof. Madelon Maurice showed that certain cancer mutations convert an inhibitory protein into an accelerator for tumor growth. Read the full news article on the UMCU website or check out the video synopsys.
Utrecht Molecular Immunology Hub
UMI hub researchers studied how enteroviruses reshape the structure, composition and metabolism of host cells in humans. The group of enteroviruses contains many important pathogens for humans. Their most recent publication in Nature Communications provides a rich framework for a system-level understanding of enterovirus-induced perturbations at the protein and signaling pathway levels, forming a base for the development of pharmacological inhibitors to treat enterovirus infections.
Utrecht Advanced in Vitro Models Hub
Advanced in Vitro Models are a key ingredient in the transition towards Animal-free Innovation. Models such as the 'Guts on a chip' developed by Paul Jochems can be used to test substances without the use of animals. To get these academic models into the wider world, we held a successful webinar on valorisation last summer. Inspired by this idea, more U-AIM webinars will be held in the near future. Interested? Check the U-AIM website or reply to this newsletter and we'll keep you updated!   
Research news 
2 september 2020
UMC Utrecht starts COVID-19 vaccine study

On 2 September, a clinical study involving a candidate vaccine for the coronavirus has begun at UMC Utrecht. A total of 45 healthy volunteers are participating in the study.

7 september 2020
3D bioprinter with lightning speed for disease models

Researchers at Utrecht University and UMC Utrecht are developing a 3D printer that can recreate a part of the human body, including living cells, within minutes.

15 september 2020
Tina Vermonden appointed Professor of Biomaterials for Drug Delivery and Regenerative Medicine

Biomaterials science is a multidisciplinary field of research, which encompasses elements of medicine, biology, chemistry, and materials science.

Other events
Weekend van de Wetenschap
An event we look forward to every year is the 'Weekend van de wetenschap'. It is our yearly opportunity to quite literally open our doors to a younger generation to let them experience what scientific research means.

While sadly we won't be able to invite the youngsters in this year, we do have some good news for all the future scientists out there: this year's live/online event (operatie breinbreker, in Dutch) promises to be a blast!
More information and registration (in Dutch)
29 - 30 September 2020     BCF Career Event
4 October 2020     Operatie Breinbreker
12 October 2020     Webinar: The exposome & COVID-19
27 October 2020     Life Sciences Facility Event
2 November 2020     TPI Helpathon #4
16 November 2020 Science for Life online Conference
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