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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Online Seminar: "Basic mechanisms in neurological disorders" - 9 December 2021 - 15.00

Online Seminar

Basic mechanisms in neurological disorders

9 December 2021 - 15.00



Cari colleghi e amici dell’NBG,

in luogo del previsto meeting in presenza, anche per il 2021 l’NBG vi invita a partecipare ad un mini-workshop in remoto intitolato “Basic mechanisms of neurological disorders”. I relatori condivideranno con noi le loro esperienze sia di ricerca di base che clinica, su argomenti e patologie diverse. Il mini-workshop, che ci auguriamo sia di vostro interesse e si terrà in italiano in forma di webinar sulla piattaforma Teams, per cui sarà necessario disporre di un account Microsoft. 

Per collegarsi consultare le informazioni in calce.


Programma

15.00 Introduction: Gennaro Piccialli (Dep. Pharmacy, UNINA), Carla Lucini (Vice-President NBG, Dep. Veterinary Medicine and Animal Production, UNINA)

Chair: Carmela Bravaccio (Dep. Translational Medical Sciences, UNINA)
15.20 Simona Lodato (Humanitas Clinical and Research Center - IRCCS,
Rozzano, Milan, Italy): "Investigating infantile epilepsy in patient specific models and 3D brain organoids"

Chair: Michele Pinelli (Dep. Molecular Medicine and Medical Biotechnologies,  UNINA)
16.10 Giancarlo Parenti and Antonietta Tarallo (Dep. Translational Medical Sciences, UNINA; TIGEM): "New advancements in the pathophysiology and treatment of Pompe disease"

Chair: Simona Paladino (Dep. Molecular Medicine and Medical Biotechnologies, UNINA) 
17.00 Claudio Sette (Catholic University, Rome, Italy): "A dynamic splicing program ensures proper synaptic connections in the developing cerebellum"

17.50 Closing Remarks: Carmela Bravaccio (UNINA), Ennio Del Giudice
(President NBG)


Accesso al webinar

- per coloro che hanno un indirizzo mail unina possono unirsi al Team intitolato “NBG WEBINAR: Basic mechanism in neurological disorders” utilizzando il codice 6n7osbw

- per coloro che non sono in possesso di un indirizzo mail unina possono accedere attraverso due modalità:

a) scaricare gratuitamente l’applicazione “microsoft Teams”, registrarsi usando un indirizzo mail in loro possesso (anche indirizzi commerciali come gmail, libero etc) e poi cliccare sul link oppure inviare una email, entro il 7 dicembre, a Simona Paladino, spaladin@unina.it, che vi inserirà nel Team. 

Questa modalità è la più sicura.

b) accedere via web cliccando sul link. A volte, a secondo del tipo di dispositivo che si usa, questa modalità non è sempre efficiente; preferibile usare la modalità a.

Per qualsiasi problema scrivere a Simona Paladino <spaladin@unina.it>









Thursday, April 8, 2021

Online seminar: "Dopamine related disorders: new models and prospective therapeutic approaches" by Damiana Leo

IBBR-NBG Joint Seminar

Thursday, 15th April 2021 

15:00

Dopamine related disorders: new models and prospective therapeutic approaches

Dr. Damiana Leo
Department of Neuroscience, University of Mons, Belgium   

    The dopamine transporter (DAT) is a presynaptic monoamine transporter that mediates dopamine reuptake at the synapse and is subjected to short- and long-term regulation by multiple drugs and physiological processes. Further, mutations in the gene encoding the DAT protein (SLC6A3) can lead to severe neuropsychiatric diseases. Despite decades of studies describing the role of DAT, whether the influence of the DAT goes beyond the reuptake of dopamine is still a matter of debate. 

    Here, we present a newly developed strain of rats in which the gene encoding the dopamine transporter (DAT) has been disrupted (Dopamine Transporter Knockout rats [DAT-KO rats]). DAT-KO rats display functional hyperdopaminergia accompanied by pronounced spontaneous locomotor hyperactivity. DAT-KO rats also demonstrate cognitive deficits in working memory and sensorimotor gating test. 

    These observations highlight the key role of DAT in the control of brain dopaminergic transmission. DAT-KO rats could provide a novel translational model for human diseases involving aberrant dopamine functions such as Attention Deficit with Hyperkinetic disorders, Dopamine Transporter Deficiency Syndrome, Parkinson's disease and partly bipolar disorders. 


Il seminario si terrà in forma di webinar : 

Contact: Dr Elia Di Schiavi 
e-mail: elia.dischiavi@ibbr.cnr.it

Sunday, January 10, 2021

Online seminar - from flies to mice: discovery and validation of potential new drugs for SMA


Thursday, 28th January 2021 
15:00

From flies to mice: discovery and validation of potential new drugs for SMA

Piotr Konieczny, PhD  

Il seminario si terrà in forma di webinar : 

Contact: Dr Elia Di Schiavi 
e-mail: elia.dischiavi@ibbr.cnr.it




BIO 

My  name is  Piotr  Konieczny and I am a  post-doctoral  fellow in laboratory  of Translational  Genomics at the University of Valencia, Spain. Originally from a small town in Poland, I am  driven and passionate scientist with 12 years of laboratory experience in different  fields. I  received my bachelor’s degree in plant genetics at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań,  Poland. Afterwards, I earned my Master Science at University of Jaén in Spain, in the field of  human immunogenetics. Then I moved to the University of Valencia where I work in the field  of  rare  genetic  diseases. obtained  my  doctoral  degree  in  2018  in  Biotechnology  and  Biomedicine at the University of Valencia under supervision of Prof. Rubén Artero, with whom  I continue my work. During my phD I worked in a multidisciplinary team searching for drugs  for Myotonic Dystrophy type 1 and I also searched for epigenetic differences related to this  disease. However, my main work was  focused  on  developing a Drosophila-based  reporter  system for genetic and chemical screening in the field of spinal muscular atrophy.  







Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Webinar: Evolution of Brain cortex in mammals






Anche quest'anno l'associazione Neapolitan Brain Group vi propone il consueto appuntamento di Dicembre con una giornata di talk sul tema delle neuroscienze. Visto il momento, sarà nella forma di webinars, augurandoci che il prossimo meeting NBG, previsto per maggio, possa essere in presenza.

Il comitato scientifico dell' NBG ha organizzato un pomeriggio di seminari per il 9 dicembre dalle 15:00, sul tema "Evolution of Brain cortex in mammals".

I seminari saranno tenuti da 3 ricercatori, Nereo Kalebic (Human Technopole Milano, Italia), Daniel Del Toro (Università' di Barcellona, Spagna) e Christina Kyrousi (Max Planck Institute, Munich, Germany), che ci parleranno delle evoluzione della corteccia celebrale e della sua girificazione dal punto di vista evolutivo, cellulare ed infine patologico-molecolare.

I 3 webinars saranno trasmessi sulla piattaforma Microsoft Teams (Code 6fzfegq) e sul canale youtube dell'Università di Napoli (Unina) dove rimarranno visibili anche dopo che l'evento sarà terminato:

https://youtu.be/qfGWAnE_n2o

Invitiamo tutti a registrarsi inviando una mail a spaladin@unina.it per essere iscritti al Teams dell'evento e poter intervenire personalmente o via chat sulla piattaforma. Per Youtube invece non e' richiesta registrazione.





Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Un lavoro di Tesi per conoscere il mondo


Hello everyone, 

My name is Francesco Di Matteo, I am 27 years old and I am from Naples, Italy. I studied Biology at the University of Naples “Federico II” where I took my bachelor and Master degrees with an internship, during my master, at the Institute of Genetic and Biophysic (IGB-CNR), Naples, in the group of Dr. Gabriella Minchiotti. There, I worked on a project focused on the role of an ultra-conserved elements (UCE) containing a long-non coding RNA, named uc.170, in the balance between self-renewal and commitment of mouse embryonic stem cells. After my graduation I was not sure about my future, I did not know if I wanted to start a PhD or to apply for positions in companies because of the very precarious economic situation there was, and there is in Italy. So, before making any choice, I decided to try an experience abroad to test my own attitude and my will in pursuing into the scientific research field. I did an Erasmus internship, under the supervision of Prof. Rossella Di Giaimo (Department of Biology, University of Naples), at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry in Munich, joining the group of Dr. Silvia Cappello. I investigated the role of Cystatin B, a protein involved in a rare neurogenic disease, progressive myoclonic epilepsy type 1 (EPM1). Specifically I participated at the study on the function of cystatin b at the early stages of cerebral development by using patients-derived cerebral organoids as a model system. 

I still remember how I felt just before I left Napoli to start my experience in Munich, a mixture of fear and euphoria! I was afraid because I knew that I had to interact with people in English, but my knowledge of the language was really basic, so I took private English lessons in order to improve it. It was still not enough, but a good start! At the same time I was excited and happy because I had never had a working experience abroad. In the first days I was very silent, I was afraid of making a mistake in speaking, but then I started interacting with roommates and colleagues and my level of English increased a lot! I remember when I had to make my first journal club in English! How much stress! And how difficult it was to understand the details of every questions, but everybody was friendly and supportive and I managed to overcome my first trial! But the most important thing for me was that this experience helped me to realize that I really like doing research studies and especially the investigation of neurodevelopmental diseases by using human cerebral organoids as a model system. Could you imagine to recapitulate some of the human brain developmental features with a 3D cell culture in a dish? For me it was fantastic! 

Then, I started to apply for PhD positions both in Italy and abroad and I was accepted at the International Max Planck Research School for Translational Psychiatry (IMPRS-TP) where I started my PhD in the group of Silvia Cappello. I had the possibility to complete the project I started during the internship under the supervision of Silvia Cappello and Rossella Di Giaimo, and with my great pleasure we published the paper on cystatin B in 2020 on the EMBO molecular medicine journal. It was my first manuscript as first author, it was a unique emotion! I reached my first goal after many many efforts! We also got the journal cover with one of the image of organoids-derived neurons I personally took during my Erasmus. In that moment I forgot all the times the experiments did not work, the evenings spent doing analyses, the entire days correcting all the figures, the fight against the deadlines. 

Currently, I have just started the 2nd year of my PhD and I am still as enthusiastic as the first day and I hope it can always be like that, because I think that enthusiasm is the only thing that can break down the frustration of negative periods and allows you to never give up and to reach great results! 

In the end, I learned that whenever I’m facing a new step in my life and especially in my job as scientist, I have to follow these basic rules: 
- Take my time to decide 
- Do not choose something I do not really like, just because I’m scared about my future 
- Great results can be achieved with perseverance, constancy and passion!