1st ASTROTECH Training School On 5 – 8 October 2021, the first international scientific workshop of the Astrotech project, focused on glial cell research, took place at the IEM CAS.
Astrotech is a project of the European innovative educational network Marie Skłodowska-Curie, which will create and develop a new field called “Glial Engineering”. The aim of the project is to develop innovative technologies to study the behavior of some glial cells in cognitive functions and in various brain diseases. The project will involve 25 public research institutions, universities and other partners from 9 European countries and from countries outside the EU community. IEM CAS is the only representative from the Czech Republic.
The four-day workshop was divided into theoretical and practical parts. The first day of the workshop was dedicated to presentations. Miroslava Anděrová, Director of the IEM CAS, together with the project coordinators Valentina Benfenati and Luca Maiolo from the Italian National Research Council (Cnr-Isof) in Bologna, gave the opening speech. Other speakers included foreign PhD students who presented their research projects and institutions. In the afternoon programme, scientists from the IEM CAS gave lectures on glial cell research and the laboratory methods used. The remaining days were devoted to practical demonstrations in the laboratories of the Department of Cellular Neurophysiology, Neurochemistry and Auditory Neuroscience.