Watch how was our MARVEL project symposium in Lugano

On 13 April 2022, we had an Extracellular Vesicles (EVs) dedicated symposium in Lugano, Switzerland with the main slogan “Extracellular Vesicles as next-generation clinical biomarkers and therapeutic agents”. It was organized by Istituto Cardiocentro Ticino – EOC Ente Ospedaliero Cantonale and AMIRES in the frame of the MARVEL EU-funded project and this event was a part of the 2nd Lugano ExoDay sponsored by Swiss National Science Foundation
The symposium was attended by more than 90 experts and young investigators working in the expansive field of Extracellular Vesicles. Structured around keynote presentations from selected speakers, flash presentations, and posters from young investigators, the symposium facilitated the exchange of views on the current and future technology solutions in the expansive field of Extracellular vesicles and their applications in the healthcare sector.

The MARVEL symposium culminated with the Award Ceremony designed to encourage excellence in research and presentation skills in young investigators. The Ceremony was sponsored by the Journal of Extracellular Vesicles and Circulating Nucleic Acid where all the selected abstracts will be published. Awardees received certificates and a cash award of 250 dollars for the best poster and oral presentations. Vera Tscherrig, from the University of Bern, was awarded for the best oral presentation entitled “MicroRNAs in small extracellular vesicles (EVs) from Wharton’s jelly mesenchymal stromal cells and their potential neuro regenerative role”. The best poster presentation entitled “Development of breakthrough liquid biopsy diagnostic via novel exosomal biomarkers for patient stratification in prostate cancer” was presented by Alekhya Mazumdar from the University Hospital of Zürich.

We would like to express our cordial thanks to all who attended the symposium and helped make this event a success. We have much pleasure in thanking our keynote speakers (Edit Buzás, Benedetta Bussolati, @Michele De Palma), MARVEL partners and several organizations, in particular: SNSF Swiss National Science Foundation, USI Università della Svizzera italiana, Ente Ospedaliero Cantonale (EOC), CNR SCITEC ‘Giulio Natta’, CNR-ITM, Libera Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele, HansaBioMed Life Sciences Ltd and Paperdrop Diagnostics for their support and the very efficient help during the symposium. The organizers gladly acknowledge also many other local people from Università della Svizzera italiana, where the event took place, who helped with the organization and ensured that in all instances the formal steps went smoothly.

Looking forward to meeting you at future events we are going to organize.