Biobanking a.k.a. when your phone rings at 3am

I remember reading the first blog from Andras, about getting omentum for his cell culture on Friday afternoon and thinking well, that sounds like a bad luck on Friday afternoon but when it comes to surprises from surgeons

My EuTRiPD PhD destination is University Hospital Heidelberg, where I got the great opportunity to take part in the PD Biopsy Study, an international Maria Bartosovabio bank sampling peritoneum and omentum specimen from healthy, uremic and PD treated children from many centers from all over the world. More than 150 samples are from Heidelberg. Although the samples are only 1x1cm big, they are very precious. You understand this, once you evolve a very personal relationship to your clinic phone, which you carry everywhere with you (yes, even the toilet), just in case, you are called and then you run to the surgery not to miss your patient.

The young generation is always accused to be addicted to their smartphones. Yes, I like my phone and use it quite often too, but not just for fun as you would think. Because the operations don't take place only on Friday afternoon, but also during the night when my phone rings at 3 am, it's not some drunk friend who has an urgent need to talk to me, but surgery, saying you can come and get the biopsy. And those moments, I'm really happy I've moved and live now even closer to the clinic. And I think of the doctors and their night shifts and how hard their jobs are.

Ok, let's be honest nobody loves their job at crazy times in the morning or at the weekends, when you need to work instead of doing something else but on the other hand routine kills and this work is everything possible, but definitively not boring or routine. One day you do your experiments in the lab, on the other you're happy to sit down and work on the computer, analyzing, writing reports. Then you run around picking up the biopsies. Meetings, conferences, seminars, lab exchanges. Always new challenges (some call them problems, let's rather call them challenges), opportunity to meet lot of nice and interesting people. I'm happy to be part of this!

Maria Bartosova

Big questions, difficult answers

My initial thought was to write a recompilation of all those lovely questions we get as a PhD student from our friends and family, with the only purpose of getting some social understanding of our alien-reaction towards what is apparently a socially accepted nice-question like:

- How is your research/thesis going?

- When are you finishing your thesis/grant?

- How many articles have you written?

- When are you going to finish university and get a �real� job?

Instead, I will share with you some blogs that have been very helpful for me not only to approach these questions but also many others that came directly from me during these years.

  1. Thesis whisperer: It is a concise and easy blog with plenty of practical tips and stimulating posts dedicated to help research students everywhere.
  2. Get a life, PhD: To balance career in academia, family, friends and time for you is not always easy but here we can find some good advice for all of it!
  3. Happy Science: Blog on science in the media and public engagement.

Finally, my ultimate favorite question: What are you going to do after your PhD?

I still do not fully know what, where, when, and how to follow my scientific career after the PhD but I know that it has been a wonderful and amazingly rewarding experience to share this endeavour with you all. I am extremely happy to have been part of EuTRiPD and would like to take advantages of this blog to thank you all for making this possible.

Melisa Lopez Anton

Melissa Lopez Anton

PhD Thesis

Everything has its end. I am glad we had this opportunity to travel within PD research. And the result of this is the PhD thesis. But as all travels have their end, now its my turn to say goodbye to this beautiful experience. It was a special 3-year period for me to meet you all and collaboarate.

So i would like to share my small experience regarding the period during writing your PhD thesis. I don't know if it is Spain or if it was me that was
unlucky but if you ask me what i remember of this period of writing the thesis, is the huge amount of documents i had to sign and sign...all the time. So don't be afraid of writing your thesis. Thesis is the celebration of what you have succeeded during the last years. Defence is to celabrate with your friends and familly. However, to cope with all this documents its a nightmare. Be strong and don't leave for the last moment the documents. Because you can lose your day of your thesis.

Giorgos Liappas


Georgios Liappas

EuTRiPD presented during Annual Dialysis Conference

EuTRiPD project gives us - PhD students - incredible training, collaboration and travelling oppoAnna Machowskartunities what most definitely makes it unique in the worldwide perspective. Recently, I had a great chance to present part of my project during the Annual Dialysis Conference which was held in New Orleans from January 31 until February 3. Additionally, I presented the EuTRiPD programme as an example of a network that aims to deliver scientific PD training to a new generation of researchers. I am pleased to share with you that we received very positive feedback, what only confirms that EuTRiPD is a great network, now recognized also outside Europe and we are all part of it. We are now approaching the final year of our PhD and despite that our days become shorter and suddenly the time runs faster 😉 I hope we will enjoy the last straight of our projects!

Anna Machowska

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