Performed STSMs

Dr. Saverio Fabbri at INSERM (01-02/2021)

"The VascAgeNet STSM offered me the opportunity to acquire specific knowledge in the vascular field and to start a new collaboration between different investigators around the EU."

Stavria-Artemis Elia at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (01-07/2021)

"As our research interests (personally, and as a CVEG lab) with Dr Triantafyllou are quite similar, there is room for more collaborations in the future. I’m very excited to have carved the pathway for this with the STSM."

Detailed reports of performed STSMs:

The first STSM financed within the COST Action VascAgeNet has just been completed. Dr. Saverio Fabbri spent two months at the INSERM Paris Cardiovascular Research Center (PARCC-INSERM U970, Paris, France) working under the supervision of Prof. Pierre Boutouyire and Dr. Rosa Maria Bruno. Saverio participated in the COVID-19 Effects on arterial stiffness and vascular aging (CARTESIAN) study, an international initiative launched by ARTERY Society and supported by VascAgeNet, involving >50 centers in 30 countries, working together with the aim to investigate long-term consequences of COVID-19 on vascular function and structure. During the time spent at PARCC, Saverio had the opportunity to learn how to measure vascular aging by different techniques in particular carotid-femoral pulse-wave velocity, central blood pressure and hemodynamics, carotid intima-media thickness and stiffness, brachial artery endothelial dysfunction by flow-mediated dilation, radial and digital artery geometry and stiffness by ultra-high frequency ultrasound, in a worldwide reference center for the non invasive arterial investigations of arteries. Part of the training consisted also in learning how to collect, analyse and interpret vascular data using the appropriate technological tools, with weekly meetings aimed at sharing and exchanging with the whole multidisciplinary team. “The VascAgeNet STSM offered me the opportunity to acquire specific knowledge in the vascular field and to start new collaboration between different investigators around the EU. », Saverio said. “Despite limitations to individual mobility related to COVID-19 pandemic, the STSM remain an important tool to promote collaboration between participants to the VascAgeNet COST Action. There are still many opportunities to receive funding” said Giacomo Pucci, STSM Coordinator. Further information is available at the website https://vascagenet.eu/short-term-scientific-missions

Stavria-Artemis Elia, from the Cardiovascular Epidemiology and Genetics Research lab (CVEG) of the Cyprus University of Technology, performed a Short-Term Scientific Mission (STSM) of one month at the Laboratory of Primary Health Care, General Medicine and Health Services Research of the School of Medicine of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, under the supervision of Dr. Areti Triantafyllou.

She collected and analyzed the results of a qualitative survey, proposed by the Working Group 5 of the VascAgeNet COST Action to more than 120 participants, about knowledge and perceptions of vascular aging. She also performed a critical review of the main new findings and is now preparing a manuscript for a future scientific publication.

Stavria-Artemis Elia gained experience on how to allocate answers to thematic groups, especially those that are vague or general, on how to process thematic groups as binary variables, and how to perform summary statistics and analysis of chi-square tables to investigate how the responses were related to participant’s characteristics.

“As our research interests (personally, and as a CVEG lab) with Dr Triantafyllou are quite similar”, said Stavria, “there is room for more collaborations in the future. I’m very excited to have carved the pathway for this with the STSM”.

Further information is available at the website https://vascagenet.eu/short-term-scientific-missions

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