Fatty acids and their intermediates and derivatives have been recognized as crucial mediators of brain health. Consequently, disturbances in brain fatty acid metabolism are highly implicated in different aspects of neuronal dysfunction.
The thematic area of FAT4BRAIN is focused on the pivotal and common role of mitochondria-related fatty acid metabolism for the development of neurological disorders, a topic of highest biomedical and societal concern. The concerted research activities aim at deciphering novel mechanisms and developing new treatment strategies against these devastating diseases.
Early-stage and career researchers attended digital presentation workshop lead by neuroscientist Dr. Andrew WoldThe 4th workshop in series of workshops on career development “How to become a successful researcher” was held online on November 25, 2022.
The Digital presentation workshop was held online on the ZOOM platform on November 25th. Dr. A.Wold has several years of experience organising workshops for scientific presentations, effective writing, powerful poster presentations etc. Before the workshop, participants had to listen to video materials about digital presentations and prepare a 3-minute presentation about their current research activities. During the workshop, attendants had to participate actively and step out of their comfort zones, for example, by spontaneously presenting the image they had just seen or giving 30 second-long elevator pitch. Afterwards, all participants demonstrated their presentation to the group and received detailed feedback from all group members. Overall, the workshop helped improve young researchers' digital presentation skills and reminded participants how to become successful presenters.
FAT4BRAIN partners participate in a symposium organized by Jena University HospitalFAT4BRAIN symposium on Long COVID-19 and acetylcarnitine: From preclinical models to clinical applications and translation potential, October 20-21, 2022
In October, FAT4BRAIN partners participated in the symposium hosted by Jena University Hospital in Jena, Germany. The lectures covered the biochemical and clinical aspects of long-term symptoms of COVID-19, the difference between acylcarnitines and acetylcarnitine, the association of acylcarnitine with depression, and gave novel insights into mitochondrial respiratory function in various blood cells. The lectures were given by Bianca Besteher, Senior psychiatrist at Universitätsklinikum Jena; Prof. Maija Dambrova, LIOS, Latvia; PhD Jörgen Jonsson Uppsala University; Assoc. prof. Yuri Milaneschi, Department of Psychiatry of Amsterdam UMC and colleagues from Oroboros Innstruments PhD Cristiane Cecatto and PhD Mateus Grings. In addition, the FAT4BRAIN project partners could attend a guided tour through research facilities of Jena University Hospital and learn more about various neuroimaging methods and application of neurostimulation in treatment of psychiatric disorders. Furthermore, there was an opportunity to learn more about the development of neuroscience from a historical perspective. The participants enjoyed this symposium and were very happy to meet each other on site in Jena and discuss the remaining events of the Fat4Brain project as well as possible collaborations in the future.