The EuTRiPD project was all about bridging the generation gap and was a collaboration between new young scientists (Early Stage Researchers or ESRs funded by the EU Grant) and experienced principal investigators (PIs) in the host institutions. It's the aim of EuTRiPD to continue with bringing young and experienced researchers together in the field of Basic Research.

Scroll down to meet the original EuTRiPD pairs!

 

Anna Rita Liuzzi & Matthias Eberl

DSCF3585_uitsnedeCardiff University

We are Anna Rita Liuzzi and Matthias Eberl, working at the Institute of Infection and Immunity, School of Medicine, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK.

I am Anna Rita Liuzzi, the ESR, originally from Italy. I received my undergraduate training at the University of Parma and after completing my Master's project at the University of Oxford I joined the EuTRiPD Cardiff group in 2012.
My long term career goal is to obtain the right skills to contribute to research on PD.
Outside my work in the laboratory, I enjoy going to the gym and discovering new places in Wales. I can be found online on Facebook or contacted by e-mail.

I am Matthias Eberl, the PI and supervisor and have been involved in PD research since 2007 when I established my laboratory in Cardiff. We work at the interface of basic, translational and clinical research, and have close collaborations with immunologists, biochemists, microbiologists, clinicians and epidemiologists. Our main research is the understanding of the complex processes underlying acute inflammatory responses during acute peritonitis. I can be found online via this LINK.

Our work in EuTRiPD aims to define the molecular and cellular mechanisms constituting diagnostic and prognostic biomarker signatures ("immune fingerprints") in acutely infected patients and identify potential targets that may be exploited to protect the peritoneal membrane.

Melisa Lopez-Anton & Donald Fraser

vumc-115Cardiff University

We are Donald Fraser and Melisa Lopez-Anton and work in the Institute of Molecular and Experimental Medicine (IMEM), Cardiff in Wales (UK).

I am Melisa, the ESR and originally I am from Spain. I received my undergraduate training at the University of Valencia and my postgraduate education at the University Pompeu Fabra before joining EuTRiPD in 2012. My long term career goal is to develop a sound methodological and theoretical background that will allow me to run my own research group in the future.
Outside my work in the laboratory I enjoy travelling and finding new places and people, being physically active at the gym, watching live music and spending time with my friends. I can be found online onLinkedin and via email.

I am Donald, the PI and supervisor and have been involved in PD research for 10 years. The overall research areas in my laboratory include mechanisms of scarring in the peritoneum and kidney, most particularly the role of non-coding RNAs such as microRNAs.
Outside my lab and clinical work I enjoy lots of things, particularly at the moment cooking, and I always enjoy spending time with friends and family. I can be reached via email.

Our work together in EuTRiPD looks at the role of microRNAs in peritoneal fibrosis. We are working to understand what microRNAs may do to help determine the behavior of mesothelial cells, and how manipulating microRNAs might help protect the peritoneum from the injury that accompanies peritoneal dialysis.

Note: PI Nick Topley from Cardiff University is not depicted on this photo.

Edyta Kawka & Achim Jörres

dsc00648Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin

We are Edyta Kawka and Achim Jörres and work in Charité University Hospital, Berlin Germany.

I am Edyta, the ESR and originally I am from Poland. I received my undergraduate training at the University of Medical Science in Poznan, Poland before joining EuTRiPD in 2012. My long term career goal is to work in a research area.
Outside my work in the laboratory I enjoy going to concerts of my favourite bands, going to the cinema or just cooking something good and I can be found online on Facebook.

I am Achim, the PI and have been involved in PD research for 25 years. The overall research areas in my laboratory include peritoneal cell biology, the regulation of peritoneal inflammation and angiogenesis, and dialysis fluid biocompatibility.
Outside my lab and clinical work I enjoy my family, travelling, books and music. No, I'm not on facebook or twitter; I still prefer to talk with friends.

Together, our work in EuTRiPD looks at the role of peritoneal fibroblasts in normal peritoneum and in PD-induced inflammatory responses.

López Cabrera & Georgios Liappas

vumc-84Spanish Research Council (CSIC)

We are Manuel López Cabrera and Georgios Liappas working in the Center of Molecular Biology (CBMSO) and Hospital Universitario La Paz in Madrid in Spain.

I am Georgios, the ESR and originally I am from Greece. I received my undergraduate training in the field of Pharmacology at the University of Athens (Kapodistrian University of Athens) with part time in the School of Pharmacy (UCL, London) before joining EuTRiPD in 2012. My long term career goal is to be a succesfull researcher in the area of peritoneal dialysis and other nephrology-based areas.
Outside my work in the laboratory I enjoy travelling and going out with the people I get on well with and I can be found online on Skype (skype-name: georgeliappas).

I am Manuel, the PI and have been involved in PD research for more than 12 years. The overall research areas in my laboratory include the study of the role of epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT) in peritoneal fibrosis and metastasis.
Outside my lab and clinical work I enjoy listening music and practicing sports, especially martial arts and I can be found online on Skype (skype-name: mlcabrera59).

Our work together in EuTRiPD looks at the study of EMT-promoting stimuli operating in vivo, including inflammation, oxidative stress and AGEs using in vivo PD models in wild-type and genetically modified mice.

Maria Bartosova & Claus Peter Schmitt

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We are Maria Bartosova and Claus Schmitt working together at the University Hospital Heidelberg in Germany.

I am Maria, the ESR and originally I am from Bratislava. I received my undergraduate training at the Comenius University before joining EuTRiPD in 2012. My long term career goal is to become a succesfull researcher in the area of clinical research and to help patients in their fight agains illnesses.
Outside my work in the laboratory I enjoy meeting my friends, doing sports and especially getting to know new places, cultures and people while travelling and I can be found online on Facebook.

I am Claus Schmitt, the PI and have been involved in PD research for 15 years. In the clinics I mainly work with children suffering from chronic renal failure and from liver failure.
The time remaining outside my lab and clinical work I enjoy my family, sports and reading.

Together, our work in EuTRiPD aims at defining the mechanisms for peritoneal membrane transformation and strategies to improve PD tolerability and efficacy. Beyond PD most children do not have any relevant comorbidity affecting the peritoneum and are therefore exquisitely suited for such analyses. In cooperation with numerous international centres and Betti Schöfer as coordinatior we're running a biobank of children's peritoneal and omental samples as part of the International PD Biopsy Study in Children.

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