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Cell and Animal Models for Drug Discovery Course at Institut Pasteur de Montevideo, 16-27 October, 2017

The Institut Pasteur de Montevideo organized its first Cell and Animal Models for Drug Discovery Course from October 16th to 27th 2017. This training course, under the coordination of Mariela BOLLATI, Martina CRISPO, Marcelo COMINI and Paula ALVES, has covered critical aspects of cell and animal-based screening for the identification and characterization of biologically active compounds. The course brought together nine eminent international speakers (Belgium, France, Germany, Portugal, Rep. of Korea, Switzerland, UK and USA) and six local professors. Among the foreign guests, Michel COHEN-TANNOUDJI (IPP), David SHUM (IPK) and Shahragim TAJBAKHSH (IPP), members of the Institut Pasteur International Network (RIIP), gave very exciting and cutting edge talks. In addition, the course was honored by the presence of Paula ALVES, the Chairwoman of the European Society of Animal Cell Technology – (ESACT).
From the more than 120 applications received, 22 participants from different countries (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, India, Mexico, Peru, Sudan, Tunisia and Uruguay) were selected.
The course had a high international standard and was a very successful event, from the scientific, technical and social point of view, allowing more than 40 researchers from different countries and continents to spent together ten working-days for fruitful discussions and interactions.
The organizing committee acknowledges the support from RIIP, and other funding agencies such as: ICGEB, UNU BIOLAC, ESACT and FOCEM.