Training Schools

The second training school organized by the VascAgeNet will take place at the Telogleion Foundation of ARTS (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) in Thessaloniki (Greece) from the 16th to 18th of May 2022. This year the training school will cover a broad range of clinically relevant topics deemed fundamental for young researchers, innovators and clinicians in the field of vascular ageing (for a summary of the first training school in 2021, see https://vascagenet.eu/first-vascagenet-training-school-2021).

Lessons will cover topics related to everyday clinical practice, such as hypertension, diabetes, atherosclerosis and pharmacological interventions, but also crucial aspects for the development of clinically relevant research, as statistics, clinical study design and sex and gender dimension, among others. Furthermore, crucial physio-pathological aspects related to vascular ageing, such as inflammation, nutrition, calcification, endothelial function and diet will be included in the program. Finally, hands-on, interactive and mentoring sessions are planned.

Final Program

The second training school organised by VascAgeNet is approaching. The applications for trainees have been closed and we are happy to have received a very large number of them.
The preliminary program can be found below. The school will cover a variety of aspects related to vascular ageing, both for research purposes and clinical practice, with a large number of experts bringing their best knowledge. Special sessions will include a “Meet the attendees” welcoming event as well as a 1:1 mentoring session on the last day. 

Applications (Deadline: closed)  

The applications for the second training school organised by VascAgeNet are closed. 

The training school is intended for early career researchers (< 40 years old at 16th of May 2022). Only trainees from (1) COST Full Members/COST Cooperating Members and (2) Action MC Observers from NNC are eligible (see Member Countries).

Trainees shall be engaged in an official research programme as a PhD or postdoctoral fellow or can be employed to/affiliated with an institution/organization/legal entity with clear research orientation.

Interested researchers have to fill the application form available on VascAgeNet website.

The application includes the following documents:

  • A curriculum vitae, including past and present studies and research as well as a complete list of publication (max 3 pages).
  • A short motivation letter (200 max words)

Applications will be evaluated by a committee of experts. On top of curriculum vitae and motivation letter, the experts will consider to balance applicants’ gender, ethnicity and countries of origin.

Successful applicants will receive a monetary compensation covering the cost of travelling and a standard daily allowance of 193 euros, according to the rules of the COST Association.

Notifications of acceptance or rejections will take place on April 4th.

Attendees and trainers will be asked to show proof of vaccination or recent recovery from Covid-19.

Andrea Guala (VascAgeNet Training Coordinator),
Areti Triantafyllou, Eugenia Gkaliagkousi (local organizers) and
Christopher C. Mayer (VascAgeNet Chair).9

The training school will cover a broad range of topics deemed fundamental for early career researchers in the field of vascular ageing. Indeed, during three days, there will be theoretical lessons on arterial physiology, hands-on sessions on devices for vascular ageing assessment, a workshop on modelling and a moderated round-table with representatives of companies, researchers and clinicians discussing the way forward for effective translation from bench to bedside.

A preliminary program is shown below:

Applications (deadline August 10th – application closed):

The training school is intended for early career researchers (< 8 years since PhD defense). Only trainees from (1) COST Full Members/COST Cooperating Members and (2) Action MC Observers from NNC are eligible (see Member Countries). Trainees shall be engaged in an official research programme as a PhD or postdoctoral fellow or can be employed to/affiliated with an institution/organization/legal entity with clear research orientation. Interested researchers have to fill the application form available on VascAgeNet website (application closed).

The application includes the following documents:

  • A curriculum vitae, including past and present studies and research as well as a complete list of publication.
  • A short motivation letter (2000 max words)

Applications will be evaluated by a committee of experts. On top of curriculum vitae and motivation letter, the experts will consider to balance applicants’ gender, ethnicity and origin (in terms of country). Successful applicants will receive a monetary compensation covering the cost of travelling and a standard daily allowance, according to the rules of the COST Association (see COST Vademecum, section 5.1 and 6.2). Notifications of acceptance or rejections will take place on August the 14th.

Note regarding the pandemic:

We are well aware that there is risk for escalation of the current epidemiological situation and thus we reserve the right to cancel the event. Thus, we ask the successful applicants to not book travel and accommodation before you receive the official invitation. Then, we will ask attendees to book with a good cancellation policy, as we will not be able to cover expenses in case the training school will not take place. We will require applicants to show the EU digital COVID-19 certificate (also known as “green pass”).

Andrea Guala (responsible for training activities), Ana Jeroncic (local organizer) and Christopher Mayer (VascAgeNet chair).

Stay tuned and we are looking forward to your applications (application closed)!

Training school organizer: Andrea Guala (see section on the VascAgeNet Team)

Scientific Committee: Ljuba Bacharová, Rosa Maria Bruno, Rachel Climie, Andrea Guala, Ana Jerončić, Christopher Mayer, Ioana Mozos, Elena Osto, Giacomo Pucci

Local Organizing Committee: Ana Jerončić, Mario Podrug, Ivana Mudnić, and Pjero Koren on behalf of the NormPreven project

Co-Organizers:

  • HRZZ project NormPreven
  • University of Split School of Medicine
  • University of Split, University Department of Health Studies

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