Outreach communication

RENALTRACT’s members are heavily engaged in outreach activities.

They develop and deliver courses, share research through conferences, workshops, or seminars and reach more students by making classroom instruction available on the RENALTRACT website or through broadcast media.

They are also engaged in a wide range of activities involving both schools and the wider community to promote a better understanding of science and to encourage young people embark in a career in science.

RENALTRACT Outreach activities (June 2016): Outreach activities

RENALTRACT “Young Researchers Training Workshops” (January 2017): Two Young Researchers Training Workshop

Outreach

RENALTRACT Conference 12-13 April 2018 in Manchester

Next RENALTRACT Conference on “Developmental Nephrology and Future Therapies” is coming soon in Manchester, UK. More info: www.renaltractconference.eu

 

21st September 2017

RENALTRACT’s members are heavily engaged in outreach activities.

They develop and deliver courses, share research through conferences, workshops, or seminars and reach more students by making classroom instruction available on the RENALTRACT website or through broadcast media.

They are also engaged in a wide range of activities involving both schools and the wider community to promote a better understanding of science and to encourage young people embark in a career in science.

Outreach

2 RENALTRACT ESRs Guillermo and Saurav in Dow/Davies lab in Glasgow to win a poster prize

On Wednesday 29th March, the College of MVLS held the MVLS Imaging, Innovation and Impact Industry Day and launched the opening of the new Imaging Centre of Excellence (ICE).  The event finished off with an ‘Inspiring Imaging’ competition, where researchers presented their Image with Impact poster.  Prizes for posters went to Hilary Anderson from Cell Engineering for best ‘Inspiring Images’ and to Guillermo Martinez Corrales (first prize) and Saurav Ghimire (runner up) for the Industry Day Toshiba Imaging competition, both from the Dow/Davies group.

http://www.gla.ac.uk/researchinstitutes/biology/newsevents/postersuccesses/

 

Guillermo’s image:

“The development of an organ is a complex process which involves several programmed events, including changes in cell shape and adhesion, proliferation, and differentiation. These events are controlled by the specific expression of Transcription Factors, and any alteration of them leads to malformations and lethality. We study these processes in the Malpighian Tubules (MTs; equivalent to the human kidney and liver) of Drosophila melanogaster, which is emerging as a very  powerful model for tubulogenesis, and the study of numerous human diseases. The versatility of this invertebrate is so strong, that we can modulate the expression of any gene of interest in a specific tissue and even in a reduced group of cells.

In the picture, we present two types of flies: in the left, a normal fly, with a magnified area of how a normal MT looks. Different  markers show:  actin (red), nuclei (cyan), basolateral membrane (white) and a specific type of cells, named as the Stellate Cells (green). In the right, we present a fly with a  developmental gene silenced only in their MTs. These flies accumulate more water and their MTs are abnormal (which can be observed in the magnified area). Research in this area allows us to understand the key factors required for a normal development of this organ and, finally, investigate the mechanisms behind different renal diseases.”

 

Saurav’s poster and image:

 

14th April 2017

Outreach

Glasgow Science Festival (United Kingdom) – 19 June 2016

 

All RENALTRACT Early Stage Researchers organised their stand and communicated about the RENALTRACT project to mostly non-scientific audience in the family day of Glasgow Science Festival on June 19th 2016. Preparation and task organisation have been handled in a very efficient manner as the stand was always full and the ESRs always very enthusiastic which was a key in their success.

 

23rd June 2016

Outreach

RecherchThon in Marseille (France) – 4 December 2015

 

On a sunny afternoon, standing in front of the Vieux-Port of Marseille, RENALTRACT PhD student Irene was involved in presenting her project on “Transcriptional control of ureteral mesenchymal cell differentiation” to the large audience.

RecherchThon is an event part of Téléthon, a French televised fundraising event that lasts the first weekend of December every year since 1987. The purpose is to raise money for a charitable cause related to research on genetical and rare diseases.

In Marseille, researchers are particulary involved in presenting their research projects to the public and to raise awareness among young people on latest research progress.

7th December 2015