Meeting of the Rector of MU-Varna Prof. Dr. Dimitar Raykov with the ERA Chair of TRANSTEM Dr. Manlio Vinciguera​

The Rector of MU-Varna Prof. Dr. Dimitar Raykov greeted in his office Dr. Manlio Vinciguera, the ERA Chair under the TRANSTEM project. At the meeting also participated the Deputy Rector of Science Prof. Dr. Violeta Yotova, the Deputy Rector for International Cooperation Prof. Dr. Mario Milkov as well as the Director of the Research Institute Prof. Dr. Anton Tonchev.

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The First Researcher from the TRANSTEM Project with Successfully Defended Educational and Scientific Degree “Doctor”

On 16 January 2024, Medical University–Varna held a public defence of the doctoral thesis of Dr. Martin Ivanov for the acquisition of ESD Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Medicine. The topic of his thesis is: “Proliferation and Differentiation of Progenitor Cells in the Subventricular Area in the Adult Primate Hindbrain”. 

Dr. Ivanov is a young researcher (R1) in the TRANSTEM project, involved in the scientific group dealing with neural stem cells. He has been examining the expression of four genes in an area of the brain, called SVZa, which continues to store stem cells even in adults. The TRANSTEM project team is headed by ERA Chair Dr. Manlio Vinciguerra. The scientists have phenotyped the genes TNC, GJA1, CD38 and APLNR on histological sections of a primate brain. 

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Prof. Dr. Stefan Dimitrov from the Institute of Molecular Biology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences met with the research team of the TRANSTEM project

On October 16, 2023 at the Medical University – Varna, a discussion was held between the research team of the TRANSTEM project and Prof. Stefan Dimitrov, the newly elected European Research Area (ERA) Chair at the Institute of Molecular Biology “Acad. Rumen Tsanev” of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia.

The ERA Chair from the TRANSTEM project Dr. Manlio Vinciguerra and Dr. Stefan Dimitrov work in a similar scientific field – epigenetics. This determines the common interests and opportunities for cooperation between the two teams. Topics for collaboration are cancer genetics and epigenetics, rare and neurological diseases. At the meeting, Dr. Vinciguerra and Dr. Dimitrov presented their main scientific interests, and members of the TRANSTEM team engaged in lively discussions with the guests. The meeting also opens the door to a wider institutional partnership, between the Medical University – Varna and the Institute of Molecular Biology.

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Leading Scientists from 12 Countries Discussed the Human Brain Processes near Varna

Prominent researchers and scientists from 12 countries, including Germany, Switzerland, Spain, France, Austria, Sweden, Italy, Great Britain, Greece, Bulgaria, Japan and the United States in the fields of cell biology, epigenetics, genetics, neurobiology, neuropathology and bioinformatics, discussed topics related to brain development from embryonic stage to an adult individual, brain ageing and cell regeneration processes, recovery of the human brain after damage such as stroke, etc. The significant scientific forum “Black Sea Neurogenesis”, which took place between 1st-3rd June 2023 in Albena Resort, was organised for a consecutive year by Medical University-Varna, with the support of the National Programme “European Scientific Networks” of the Ministry of Education and Science, and the TRANSTEM project of the European Commission.

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MU – Varna is an Organiser and Host of an International Workshop Entitled Stem Cells: Fundamental Principles and Translational Applications

The scientific forum, funded by the TRANSTEM project of the European Commission, with the support of National Programme “European Scientific Networks” of the Ministry of Education and Science, will be held between 30th September – 1st October in Varna, and will bring together leading scientists in the field of stem cells from Germany, Israel, Norway, the USA, Greece and Bulgaria. Scientific organiser of the event is Prof. Igor Resnick, Coordinator of the TRANSTEM project, Deputy Director of the Research Institute of MU – Varna, and a scientific co-organiser is Prof. Tsvee Lapidot from the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel.

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Dr. ManlioVinciguerra from Varna Medical University wMU – Varna Organises an International Scientific Forum in the Field of Neuroscienceon a project within the National Scientific Programme “VIHREN” 2021

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Dr. ManlioVinciguerra from Varna Medical University won a project within the National Scientific Programme “VIHREN” 2021

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Dr. Vinciguerra was awarded the largest individual research grant of Bulgaria

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“Capital”, a leading online journal for economic news and analyses in Bulgaria, published an interview with Manlio Vinciguerra, PhD – Chair of the European research area (ERA chair) at the Medical University of Varna in the field of translational biology of stem cells.​

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The First of Its Kind Workshop on Bioinformatics Entitled Introductory Computational Biology Course Was Held at MU – Varna

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Guest Lecturer from Italy Presented a Lecture within TranStem Project and the 31st Edition of Biomedical Forum

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MU – Varna Organised the First in Bulgaria Scientific Symposium on ‘Epigenetics and Signalling in Stem Cells’

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MU – Varna Organises the First in Bulgaria Scientific Symposium on Epigenetics and Stem Cell Signalling

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Newly elected ERA Chair in Translational Stem Cell Biology at the Medical University of Varna

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Kick-off meeting with the Management board of the TranStem project will be held on October 17th 2019.

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On 23.10.2019 a press conference was held on the launch of the project TranStem. 

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TranStem project is funded by the European Union under Grant Agreement number: 856871 — TRANSTEM — H2020-WIDESPREAD-2018-2020/ H2020-WIDESPREAD-2018-04

The goal of TRANSTEM is to unlock, foster and sustain excellent basic and applied stem cell research as well as clinical application in MUV through the recruitment of an ERA Chair in stem cell biology. This goal will be strategically achieved by setting up a strong research group in the field, establishing a translational Department for Stem Cell Biology in MUV and placing MUV at the forefront of Research, Development and Innovation in stem cell and regenerative medicine research and therapies.