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Relevance Project – red cell life-spans

The Relevance consortium project researches the regulation of red cell life-spans, erythropoiesis, survival, senescence and clearance

RELEVANCE is an international consortium of thirteen partners representing academic research centres, diagnostic labs, blood supply centres, and small industries that combines basic and translational research to improve prognostic, diagnostic and therapeutic approaches on red blood cell production, function, and clearance in healthy humans and patients.

We came together to build a team of 15 early stage researchers, educate them, and engage into interactive multidisciplinary work within five major topics will be addressed within individual work packages:

  • WP1 – Diagnostic tools on red blood cells;
  • WP2 – Red blood cells as treatment targets in pathophysiological conditions;
  • WP3 – Red blood cell interactions with other cells and tissues;
  • WP4 – Red blood cell transfusions with a focus on storage and conservation of blood donations on the one side and the in vitro production of red blood cells on the other;
  • WP5 – Red blood cells in exercise and training including aspects of doping control.

The ESRs  have the chance to spend 3 years in a foreign country as they can only be employed in a state different from the state they lived and worked in for more than 12 months during the past 3 years. Secondments of at least 2 months will be performed with one or more partner groups. Training sessions organised by the teams in Amsterdam, Saarbrucken and Zurich will introduce the ESRs to novel state-of-art experimental techniques, newest updates in science and medicine, and provide information needed for successful carrier developments in research, medicine or industry in the future.

Our ESR team

ESR 1: Niamh Kilcawley at Epigem

ESR 2: Maria Guistina Rotordam at Nanion

ESR 3: Valeria Rizzuto at IDIBAPS

ESR 4: Greta Simionato at USAAR

ESR 5: Ario Sadafi at arivis

ESR 6: Stephen Daedalus Separa at ORX

ESR 7: Sinja Novosel at University Zürich

ESR 8: Asena Abay at USAAR

ESR 9: Virginia Pretini at UMCU

ESR 10: Francesca Aglialoro at SB1

ESR 11: David Monedero Alonso at CNRS

ESR 12: Pedro Moura at UB

ESR 13: Jill Jasmine Dalimot at SB2

ESR 14: Anjali Gaur at UNIPV

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