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RiboMed Innovation Challenges | 2nd Edition
October 10-14, 2022

The programme aims to engage junior researchers in the development of opportunities for collaboration with Industry within RNA therapeutics.

This edition will count with two different programs:

  • Industry Collaborations, where researchers will receive training on how to identify scientific projects or capacities that may be of interest to industry, and explore how to pursue and establish potential collaborations with industry;
  • Business Ideas, where researchers will learn how to develop innovative ideas and how to explore them through the creation of a start-up company. If researchers do not identify real business ideas, they can participate with a fictitious one.

Both programs are dedicated to researchers working in the RNA biology field, and include a set of seminars and hands-on training sessions. Researchers can apply to both programs, individually or with a team.

Click here for more information.


RiboMed Satellite Conference on RNA in Disease
July 12, 2022

A new promising influential area in modern biology and medicine is ribonucleic acid (RNA) biology. It has revolutionised molecular biology and will have profound implications for future therapies. This session will illustrate it by hosting talks by distinguished researchers on RNA in biomedical contexts. The session will be extended with a poster session and two short talks selected from submitted abstracts.

Chairs:

  • Maria Carmo-Fonseca | Instituto de Medicina Molecular João Lobo Antunes (iMM), Portugal
  • Nuno Barbosa-Morais | Instituto de Medicina Molecular João Lobo Antunes (iMM), Portugal

Keynote:

  • Michael Gotthardt | MDC Berlin, Germany

Speakers:

  • Bruno Silva | Instituto de Medicina Molecular João Lobo Antunes (iMM), Portugal
  • Simão Teixeira da Rocha | SCERG-iBB-IST, Portugal
  • Filipa Simões | University of Oxford, UK

Check the poster here for more informations.


Modelling Biological Data: the Second RiboMed Summer School
June 20-24, 2022

The second edition of RiboMed Summer School brings together a group of enthusiastic instructors, with a great deal of experience both in doing biostatistics, as well as in teaching it. The participants will learn the fundamental concepts of probability and modelling, and will apply them in three different contexts: differential gene expression analysis, differential splicing analysis, and the dynamical modelling of physiological systems. The summer school will be heavily hands-on and teamwork based.

Speakers:

  • Ruy Ribeiro | Los Alamos National Laboratory, US
  • Benilton Carvalho | Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil
  • Mariana Ferreira | Instituto de Medicina Molecular João Lobo Antunes (iMM), Portugal
  • Nuno Morais | Instituto de Medicina Molecular João Lobo Antunes (iMM), Portugal
  • Alon Bar | Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
  • Christopher Burge | Massachusetts Institute of Technology, US - Via Zoom

Check the poster here for detailed schedule.


RiboMed Advisory Board Meeting
October 25-26, 2021

The RiboMed Advisory Board Meeting gathered internationally recognized leaders from industry with strong expertise in RNA biology. 

The open sessions includes the speakers: Melissa Moore (Moderna), Adrian Krainer (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory), Keith Blundy (STORM Therapeutics) and Zandy Forbes (MeiraGTx).

RiboMed Advisory Board Meeting - Agenda here.


RiboMed Summer School on Single-cell RNA-seq and spatial transcriptomics
July 5-10, 2021

The RiboMed Summer School on Single cell RNA seq and and spatial transcriptomics was a practical hands-on course that required basic experience in bioinformatics.


RiboMed Innovation Challenges
March 10, 2021
Online presentation of the programme

The programme aims to engage junior researchers in the development of opportunities for collaboration with Industry within RNA therapeutics.

The iMM Technology Transfer Office will help along the whole process, from the identification of collaboration opportunities to their presentation to Industry. The participants will have the opportunity to learn about the best practices and tips in successfully reaching out to industry, to pitch their idea to companies and external organisations, and to formalize collaborations with industry with potential financial rewards.

Innovation Challenges Programme here.


RiboMed Kickoff Meeting
October 14-16, 2019
Oeiras, Lisbon

July 25, 2022 | 12h30

"Sphingolipids in Gaucher and Parkinson’s disease”

Anthony H. Futerman - Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

Host: M. Carmo-Fonseca


July 12, 2022 | 10h00

“Seeing is believing”

Tom Kirchhausen – Harvard Medical School

Host: M. Carmo-Fonseca


July 11, 2022 | 12h30

“Of mice, rats, grizzly bears, and men - A phenomics approach to heart and skeletal muscle function”

Michael Gotthardt & Victor Badillo – Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine (MDC)

Host: Nuno Morais


June 28, 2021 | 14h30

“Chromosome Dynamics during Mitosis”

Raquel Oliveira – Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência

Host: Sérgio de Almeida


May 31, 2021 | 14h30

"Keeping in touch - systematic identification of contact site residents"

Maya Schuldiner – Weizmann Institute of Science

Host: PhD Students Committee


May 10, 2021 | 14h30

"The structure of cell fate decisions in the neural crest lineage"

Igor Adameyko – Center for Brain Research, Medical University of Vienna & Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm

Host:
Nuno Morais


May 3, 2021 | 14h30

"Cell-type specialization in the brain is encoded by specific long-range chromatin topologies"

Ana Pombo– MDC Berlin

Host: Domingos Henrique


April 12, 2021 | 14h30

"The evolution of mammalian organ development"

Margarida Cardoso Moreira – The Francis Crick Institute

Host: Nuno Morais


November 2, 2020 | 14h30

"Telomere driven regulation of proliferative boundaries"

Jan Karlseder – Salk Institute of Biological Studies

Host: Claus Azzalin


October 26, 2020 | 14h30

"Harnessing Direct Cell Reprogramming for Cancer Immunotherapy"

Filipe Pereira – Lund University

Host: Sérgio de Almeida


July 20, 2020 | 14h30

"Mechanisms and dynamics of the nucleus"

Megan King – Yale School of Medicine

Host:
Claus Azzalin


June 15, 2020 | 14h30

"RNA & Infection"

Ana Eulálio – Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology (CNC), University of Coimbra

Host:
Sérgio de Almeida


May 18, 2020 | 14h30

"Spatial transcriptomics of mammalian tissues"

Shalev Itzkovitz – Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

Host: Maria Mota


May 4, 2020 | 14h30

"Sphingolipids in health and disease"

Tony Futerman – Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

Host: M. Carmo-Fonseca Lab


December 12, 2019 | 12h30

"Dysregulation of alternative splicing in cancer and its modulation for therapy"

Rotem Karni – Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School, Israel

Host: M. Carmo-Fonseca Lab


September 4, 2019 | 12h30

"Coupling of transcription and alternative splicing in a whole organism: the plant response to light"

Alberto Kornblightt - Buenos Aires University

Host: M. Carmo-Fonseca Lab

April 16, 2021

Reaching Out to Industry Workshop

In the context of RiboMed Innovation Challenges, the "Reaching Out to Industry Workshop" was an opportunity to learn more about the best practices and tips in successfully reaching out to industry.

By: Joachim Vogt (Abbvie) and Pascale Redig (Janssen)

Organization: Technology Transfer Office, Instituto de Medicina Molecular João Lobo Antunes


December 16, 2020

What and How to Patent? Biotechnological Inventions

Participants in this workshop had a first deep dive in the world of patents in the biotech world and learned how their inventions can be protected and licensed.

For Maria Carmo-Fonseca, coordinator of the RiboMed “this workshop was a great opportunity to learn more about the requirements for patenting our inventions, which is one of the pillars of our Widening project. The partnership with Clarke Modet is a good example of the possible interactions with the biotech industry that can be very beneficial for us, as researchers”.

By: Miguel Duarte, IP Consultant and Portuguese Patent Attorney at Clarke Modet

Organization: Bárbara Gomes, Technology Transfer Office, Instituto de Medicina Molecular João Lobo Antunes


October 24, 2019

Workshop on the classification and interpretation of DNA sequence variants found in patients with genetic disease, focusing on the impact of variants on RNA splicing.

By: Dr. Ahmad Abou Tayoun, Director at the Al Jalila Genomics Center (Dubai).

Organization: Catarina Silveira, PhD Student at Maria Carmo-Fonseca Lab


Credits: João Solano

Credits: João Solano

School Visits

December 10, 2019

Laboratories: Sérgio de Almeida Lab

School: Escola Secundária Matias Aires (Cacém, Portugal)

Students: 38


December 3, 2019

Laboratories: M. Carmo-Fonseca Lab and Nuno Morais Lab

School: Escola Secundária Cacilhas Tejo (Almada, Portugal)

Students: 20