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Symposium “Synergy at the chemistry-nanotechnology interface”

On May 28th 2022 at the Faculty of Science, the first Symposium “Synergy at the chemistry-nanotechnology interface” was held. Symposium was organized by project HRZZ-PZS-2019-02-4323 “SENDER”, granted by “Research Cooperability” Program of the Croatian Science Foundation and funded from the European Social Fund.

Organizing Commitee consisted of: SENDER leader Dr Ivana Vinković Vrček, Dr Ivan Pavičić, Nikolina Peranić, MSc, Nikolina Kalčec, MSc and Ivan Mamić, MPharm. Plenary lecture “NMR structural studies of antimicrobial peptides in model membranes and live bacteria” was held by co-leader of SENDER project, Dr Frances Separovic.

Besides very attractive plenary lecture, there were oral presentations with lot of interesting topics held by colleagues from Ruđer Bošković Institute, School of Medicine, Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Faculty of Science and Facaulty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry.

Launch of the European research and innovation PARC programme to improve chemical risk assessment

The European Partnership for the Assessment of Risks from Chemicals (PARC), which is being launched in Paris, France is seeking to develop next-generation chemical risk assessment, incorporating both human health and the environment in a “One Health” approach. It will help support the European Union’s Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability and the European Green Deal’s “zero polution” ambition. Bringing together nearly 200 from 28 countries as well as EU agencies (EEA, ECHA and EFSA), PARC is coordinated by ANSES, with funding on an equal basis from Horizon Europe, the 9th EU research and innovation framework programme and the partnership’s participants. The partnership will run for seven years. Institute for Medical Research and Occupational Health will be included in this partnership as an affiliated entity (AE).

Thesis topic defense – N. Kalčec

On February 11th 2020 at the Faculty of Science, the public presentation of the thesis topic was held by PhD student Nikolina Kalčec. The proposed thesis title was “Design and characterization of gold and selenium nanoparticles as potential delivery systems of levodopa and dopamine”, supervised by Dr Ivana Vinković Vrček and Prof Frances Separovic. The defense was held in front of the commission consisting of: Prof Snežana Miljanić, Prof Ita Gruić Sovulj and Dr Maja Dutour Sikirić.

Thesis defense – Barbara Pem

Dr Barbara Pem, Master of Pharmacy, defended her doctoral thesis that was made within the NanoFaceS project “Interaction of metallic nanoparticles with sulphur-containing biomolecules – implications for nano-bio interface”, under the menthorship of Dr Ivana Vinković Vrček and co-mentorship of Prof Valerije Vrček. Thesis defense was held on December 14 2021 at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry, University of Zagreb.

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Thesis defense – Rinea Barbir

Dr Rinea Barbir, Master of Biochemistry, defended her doctoral thesis that was made within the NanoFaceS project “Interaction of metallic nanoparticles with sulphur-containing biomolecules – implications for nano-bio interface”, under the menthorship of Dr Ivana Vinković Vrček and co-mentorship of Prof Sanja Dabelić. Thesis defense was held on November 17 2021 at the Faculty of Pharmacy and Biochemistry, University of Zagreb.

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Thesis defense – Barbara Vuković

Dr Barbara Vuković, Master of Biochemistry, defended her doctoral thesis that was made within the NanoFaceS project “Interaction of metallic nanoparticles with sulphur-containing biomolecules – implications for nano-bio interface”, under the co-menthorship of Dr Ivana Vinković Vrček and mentorship of Prof Vatroslav Šerić. Thesis defense was held on May 14 2021 at the School of Medicine, University of Osijek.

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Thesis defense – Marija Milić

Dr Marija Milić, Master of Biochemistry, successfully defended her doctoral thesis that was made within the NanoFaceS project “Interaction of metallic nanoparticles with sulphur-containing biomolecules – implications for nano-bio interface”, under the co-menthorship of Dr Ivana Vinković Vrček and mentorship of Prof Vatroslav Šerić. Thesis defense was held on May 14 2021 at the School of Medicine, University of Osijek.

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Start of the Phoenix project

11 project partners from academia and industry have joined forces in the PHOENIX project to create an Open Innovation Test Bed for nano-pharmaceuticals. PHOENIX (Pharmaceutical Open Innovation Test Bed for Enabling Nano-pharmaceutical Innovative Products) is a research project funded by EU’s Horizon2020 research programme and it aims at providing services to the market for the development, testing, safety assessment, GMP production and commercialization of nano-pharmaceuticals.

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