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.
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