On April 25, 1953, James Watson and Francis Crick published the first description of the double helix structure of DNA in the prestigious journal Nature, earning them and their colleague Maurice Wilkins the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1962. It was a discovery that marked a significant leap forward in biological research, providing the molecular bases of heredity, diseases, aging processes, and evolutionary mechanisms and constituting the foundation for the development of the biotechnologies. In fact, DNA contains the genetic information that allows all living organisms to function, grow and reproduce. Europe paid tribute to the 60th anniversary of this discovery in October 2013 with the first edition of European Biotech Week (EBW), an initiative promoted by EuropaBio (the European Association for Bioindustries).
Numerous events and meetings on various biotechnology topics that involve institutions, companies, universities, schools, science parks, museums, theaters, foundations and associations are organized each year in Italy during European Biotech Week. TLS also participates in this event, each year proposing different activities such as guided visits to the bioincubator, laboratory experiments, exhibitions and the dissemination of information.
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) represents one of the biggest challenges of our times that cannot be deferred any longer. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that AMR will be the main cause of death by 2050. This event, dedicated to high-school students and organized by Toscana Life Sciences Foundation, will illustrate what AMR is and present possible solutions currently investigated by scientists. Among those, the development of new vaccines, based on high-throughput and state-of-the-art technologies, within the project entitled vAMRes (vaccines as a remedy for AntiMicrobial Resistance), funded by the European Commission. The project, led by Dr. Rino Rappuoli, a pioneer in the vaccine field, obtained an European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant and will be realised in cooperation with Toscana Life Sciences Foundation (TLS) as the “host institution”.
Neverland: Regenerating pancreatic islets Date: September 30, 2016 From 16:00 Location: Piazza San Francesco - Siena In collaboration with: Fondazione Umberto di Mario/UOC Diabetologia Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Diabetes scientific research has made many advancements during last several years, by using brand new and advanced technologies not completely known to the general public. We propose to open our diabetes research laboratory in order to present the scientific tools actually used to deeply understand the molecular basis of diabetes pathogenesis. Moreover, we will meet general public in our outlab stand in which children and adult can play to re-construct the architecture of pancreatic islets while learning the basis of diabetes pathogenesis. Interactive presentations of our research lines will be also reported during the entire event.
Porte Aperte Date: September 26-30, 2016 From 15:00 Location: strada del Petriccio e Belriguardo n. 27 - Siena In collaboration with: Fondazione Umberto di Mario Contact: email@example.com
Umberto di Mario Research Foundation is focused on the research about Diabetes mellitus pathogenesis. Visitors will be guided throughout the research methods applied to study such pathology, especially by analyzing pancreatic islets architecture using fluorescence microscopy.
A tutta birra - la birra in diretta (BeerBone Project) Date: September 30, 2016 From 16:00 Location: Piazza San Francesco - Siena In collaboration with: Dipartimento di Biotecnologie, Chimica e Farmacia Università degli studi di Siena Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The project nutraceutical "BeerBone" (funded by Regione Toscana EU funds) is disclosed through the preparation of live beer, by using glass laboratory instruments (therefore transparent). Also will be exposed 3/4 posters describing the project in a simple manner ( the beer is good for bones ) and will be run at constant 6 different story-telling video.
Yeast Yeast Yeast! - I lieviti: dal neolitico la prima biotecnologia agri-food Date: September 30, 2016 From 16:00 Location: Piazza San Francesco - Siena In collaboration with: Dipartimento di Biotecnologie, Chimica e Farmacia Università
degli studi di Siena Contact: email@example.com
A continuation of the projects on native yeasts for the protection of the Tuscan DOCG wines and "The Wine Educated", will be given two experiences for children. 1) Fermentation of yeast that are inflating balloons; 2) olfactory tasting of wine aromas; the olfactory tasting will be to riddle.
Vaccini e strategie di vaccinazione Date: September 30, 2016 From 16:00 Location: Piazza San Francesco - Siena In collaboration with: Vismederi Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Medical definition of vaccine and morbidity of main diseases threated by vaccination. Research and development of new vaccines. Mandatory and recommended vaccines: a comprehensive list of viral diseases featuring their spreading, sintomatology, complications and analysis of spread decrease due to vaccination campaigns. Misinformation and misrepresentation as leading causes of vaccination decrease. Public awareness on risks: how to improve?