Training activities

RUBICON researchers at ISMMS, New York

RUBICON has organised staff exchanges by 21 early stage researchers and 15 experienced researchers, involving visits of duration 1 to 12 months, hosted by one of our partners.

Profiles of researches involved can be found here.

Training provided to researchers by each participant has included the following scientific techniques and approaches:

University of L’Aquila (Italy) – methods for study of cell and animal models at molecular, cell and tissue level, including under unloading conditions, investigating effects of lipocalin 2 (Lcn2) on bone and tendon biology.

Newcastle University (UK) – cell assays for study of cartilage biology, microarray data analysis.

University of Manchester (UK) – in vitro 3D tendon constructs, 3D electron microscopy, clock gene reporter systems, timelapse imaging, RNA isolation, RNA-seq.

Erasmus Medical Centre (Netherlands) – advanced cell co-cultures, mesenchymal stem cell differentiation, characterisation of extracellular matrix and vesicles.

Region Hovedstaden (Denmark) – clinical studies, tendon biopsies, dynamic tendon ultrasonography, molecular biology and imaging techniques.

University of Cape Town (South Africa) – genotyping, bioinformatics, tenocyte cell culture.

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (USA) – studies in genetic mouse models (Marfan syndrome), including investigation of calcific degeneration and mechanical loading studies.

Anna University (India) – angiogenesis assays, oxidative stress.

University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong, China) – analysis of intravertebral disc and other spine tissues of mouse models, ER stress assays, planarian worm model.

Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (Australia) – laser capture microdissection, cartilage proteomics, human induced pluripotent cell models, in vitro cell biology.

Images of mouse tendon collagen obtained at MCRI by Dr Adam Pickard

Other training activities organised by the RUBICON network:

  • 10 webinars, one given by each RUBICON participant and open to external participants (slides available here)
  • Annual meetings organised alongside major conferences, including public symposium with external speakers
  • Workshop for RUBICON researchers on serial block face-scanning electron microscopy, organised at University of Manchester