V.A. Cure Training Programme

The V.A. Cure project will organize 4 network-wide training sessions in 4 different countries. These sessions comprise of progress evaluation of each individual research, workshops in  research & transferable skills and inter-sectoral visits. Lectures will be given by internationally recognized experts in the field.

V.A. Cure Network wide training session I

First V.A. Cure training program was held in Brussels in de Duve Institute from 13th to 15th of November 2019. Partner organizations, Supervisors and 14 PhD students joined for the meeting and greeting of the recruitment of PhD candidates and further discussions on the research progress and project activities. During the three-day program, participants took part in series of intensive training, workshops and Network meetings.



Virtual V.A. Cure Network wide training session II

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, second series of trainings were held via web-conference on 1st and 2nd of December 2020. Meeting was opened with series  of management and team meetings. Afternoon sessions were led by professors from University of Oulu, Veli-Pekka Ronkainen, Iikka Miinalainen and Mika Kaakinen. Explored topics were: Advanced light microscopy imaging, Ultrastructural analysis of vasculature using electron microscopy and Intravital microscopy for vascular structures.

During morning sessions on 2nd of December, project experts -Lars Jakobsson, Salim Seyfried and Taija Makinen held series of lectures based on their expertise in the field of vascular anomalies. Topics were namely, Vascular development-from a primitive structure to a heterogeneous network, Biomechanics in cardiovascular development and pathophysiology and Lymphatic vasculature in development and disease. Afternoon sessions were followed by the workshop on using animals in research, virtual visit to ESFR1 facility and lecture on using  human cell models in research, given by Tuula Heinonen -Director of FICAM and Reetta Hinttala -expert from the University of Oulu.